Framing Courses

Introduction to Picture Framing Course

A two day course designed to provide a good overall grounding in how to create a picture frame. It is ideal for individuals wishing to learn how to frame at a professional level and is perfect for those considering a career in picture framing, whether that be as a self-employed framer or as an employee. The course is also suitable for those wishing to take up picture framing as a hobby.

The course includes cutting a window mount, cutting glass, mitre-cutting and joining the frame as well as aesthetic considerations such as mount colour and choice of frame. Important health and safety aspects of working in a framing workshop will also be covered. If required, Andrew will also be pleased to provide guidance in setting up a framing business including topics such as purchasing equipment, advertising, stock control and pricing. Course content can be adapted to meet your specific requirements.

The length of the course can be extended to include other aspects of framing including decorative mounts, stretching and framing of oils on canvas, stretching and framing of needlework art as well as sports shirt framing and object framing.

Please contact Andrew for an informal chat without obligation:

Professional Level Framing Course – Advanced

An intensive five day course designed to cover all aspects of the Introduction to Picture Framing Course as well as the more challenging areas including decorative mounts, stretching and framing of oils on canvas, stretching and framing of needlework art, sports shirt framing and object framing. This course is ideal for individuals who wish to gain a wide range of picture mounting and framing skills. There is plenty of opportunity for hands on practice.

We demonstrate the lacing method of stretching needlework art which helps preserve the work to conservation standard.

GCF Revision Course

If you are a picture framer looking to take the Guild Commended Framer examination, this one day course will put you through your paces to prepare you for the day.

You will need to bring with you the required pieces of your own framed work as set out in the current Study Guide produced by the Fine Art Trade Guild. Please be aware that these pieces will be disassembled for inspection.

The course will involve completing a number of practical exercises under similar conditions you will encounter in the examination. Andrew will also run through the examination process with you so you know what to expect.

Half Day Taster Course

This course is ideal for those who want to try out picture framing to see if it’s something they would enjoy, either as a hobby or as something more serious.

The three hour course can be booked for either a morning or afternoon session.

Attendees will be able to try out mount cutting, glass cutting, frame cutting and joining.

  • Introduction to Picture Framing
  • £550per person, 2 days
  • Professional Level Framing
  • £1375per person, 5 days
  • Half Day Taster Course
  • £145per person, 1/2 day
  • GCF<br /> Revision
  • £275per person, 1 day

Off Site Training

If you require training in your own workshop using your own equipment we can arrange this to suit your needs. In this case please contact Andrew by telephone to discuss your precise requirements and to agree mutually convenient dates. The cost for this service is shown below.

Course Availability

Courses are available throughout the year but must be booked in advance. Please telephone Andrew to check availability. A 40% deposit is required to secure your booking. Your deposit is payable at the time of booking either by card payment or by cheque with the balance payable either by card payment or cash on the first morning of your course.

Courses are normally run on any day(s) from Monday to Saturday but if a Sunday course is required we will do our best to arrange this. However, please note that on Sundays the local availability of hot and cold refreshments at lunchtime is limited!

Travel and Local Accommodation

Rail – Our workshop is situated on the outskirts of Sawbridgeworth and is only five minutes walk from Sawbridgeworth railway station with good rail links from London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.

Road – We are just a fifteen minute drive from Junction 7 of the M11. We will be pleased to provide detailed directions on request.

Air – Stansted Airport is 25 minutes away by road or 15 minutes by rail. A local taxi service is available.

For those travelling some distance to attend a course we can provide details of local overnight accommodation on request.


All full-day courses are charged at a daily rate of £275 per person per day. The price includes all materials with the exception of canvas stretching, needlework framing, sports shirt framing and object framing when you will be expected to bring your own canvas, needlework, sports shirt or object.

The half day ‘taster’ course is charged at £145 per person which includes all materials.

Price includes tea, coffee and soft drinks throughout the day but does not include lunch. There are a variety of cafeterias and coffee shops within a few minutes walk of the workshop serving a good selection of hot and cold snacks.

All full-day courses start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm with a one hour break for lunch.

Our courses are principally designed for one to one training. However, if you wish to share the course with a friend an additional charge of £115 per day (£65 per half day) will be made.

Trainees completing a full day course and returning for further full-day courses will be entitled to receive a 5% discount on subsequent course fees.

Off site training – The cost for this service is £480 per day plus a nominal charge for travelling and accommodation, if appropriate.

We are not registered for VAT so our courses are free from this additional cost!

Follow up Support and Advice

All trainees completing a full one day course or longer are entitled to contact Andrew for follow-up telephone support and advice free of charge for an unlimited period.