Picture framing and mounting

Course Dates: 07/07/20 - 10/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Esther Heyhoe

Learn picture framing and mounting skills for the home or workplace. Using professional framing tools and equipment you will be taught all the skills you need to work in a busy studio or alternatively how to set up your own small scale practice from home.


What is the course about?

A practical introduction to picture framing and mount cutting. Gain hands on experience with professional tools and constructing methods. We will explore the different elements of frame making as well as other aspects of the protection and presentation of works of art.

What will we cover?

We will be learning how to cut and join frames. How to cut glass and mount-board, as well as different styles of mounting work in the frames.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Measure and cut frames using a variety of different tools
- Use different methods to glue and join frames
- Cut glass
- Measure and cut mount-board to fit your art work
- Have a working understanding of different ways to mount your art work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for complete beginners and those with some frame making experience.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to take short written notes for your own use and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

Due to the constraints of the room size, we wont be able to frame anything bigger than A2.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Sessions are all studio based. Examples of the media will be shown and discussed. There will be practical demonstrations, followed by practical application supported by one-to-one guidance and written instructions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course fee covers all basic materials that will be used, such as frame moulding, glass and mount-board. More specialist materials can be bought at cost in the class. It is a hands-on class so it would be good to bring an apron or clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 6 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

If you want to learn how to frame your own artwork this is the course for you!
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Review by John Gumley-Mason / (Posted on 25/07/2019)
The course provides an excellent understanding of picture framing techniques which would provide a sound basis for anyone wishing to carry this out as a hobby or even professionally, in a friendly and encouraging environment.
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Review by Paul / (Posted on 17/07/2019)
This course demystified the stages of framing artwork (though I still don't know why it costs so much to have items framed!). I have been introduced to budget friendly equipment that can be used at home, all the way up to professional kit.

This is a hands on interactive course, where you get to explore the seemingly endless possibilities of how to frame a picture. I was able to chose the method of mounting as well as frame finishes.

I found the course thoroughly enjoyable and hope to do it again to further build upon what I have learned so far.

The tutor(s) are knowledgable and provide guidance through practical demonstrations, after which you have the opportunity to practise before being let loose to create.

Highly recommended!
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Review by Boomerang / (Posted on 16/07/2019)
City Lit is a great launch pad.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/04/2019)
This is a 5 star course and no mistake.
Firstly, the tutor was great. They tell you the minimum theory you need to get started and thereafter it’s all hands on stuff. They teach you the basics, but then is happy to help people follow there own ideas , guiding for example. The are good humoured and available with it.
There is a good range of equipment from basic amateur stuff to professional framing shop tools. I wanted to learn to make decent frames without indulging in reams of new equipment and the course taught me a number of ways to achieve that. The main difficulty for amateurs is cutting clean accurate mitres. For the amateur their is no easy/inexpensive solution to that, but that is no fault of the course.
All in all hugely enjoyable and informative and with my new skill set I took home 4 finished frames, using different techniques.
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Review by Paul / (Posted on 17/06/2018)
It did not live up to its description. I came away feeling very disappointed that I had not covered the basics in picture framing.
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Review by Deep / (Posted on 25/07/2017)
Tutor Biographies
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Course Code: VZ108

Please choose a course date 

Tue-Fri, eve, 07 Jul - 10 Jul '20

Duration: 4 sessions

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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