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Basics of framing course

Learn about the materials, techniques and tools used to make frames

Course dates

We run this course on several dates throughout the year.

About the course

As a beginner to framing you will learn the materials and tools to make good basic frames for your photos and other artworks.

What will the course cover?

As a beginner to framing you will learn the materials and tools to make good basic frames for your photos and other artworks.

During the day you will be taken through the complete process of designing, planning and making a frame for one of your pictures. You will amaze yourself with the professional quality and creative style you can achieve starting from scratch.

Through clear explanation, demonstration and your hands-on practice, you will learn about:

Everything you need to get started making frames!
Identifying the key elements of a framed picture.
How to cut a mount using specialised tools, for the mounting of a picture.
Basic methods for attaching a picture to the mount.
Cutting picture mouldings and joining them to create a frame for the mounted picture.
Cutting the glass and backboard to fit the frame.
Cutting the glass and backboard to fit the frame.
Assembling the framed picture, including sealing the picture back and adding a hanging cord.

Example of the style of Frame you will build and take home from the course.

What previous experience should I have?

The workshop is aimed at complete framing beginners as well as those who may have framed a little of their work before. There is no need for any experience of using hand tools, although any experience you do have will be a bonus!

In particular, the course is aimed at people who;

Have limited or no previous experience of working with hand tools.
Have some experience of mounting and framing pictures, but no experience of using the specialised tools available to framers.
✓ Want to receive support in honing current skills.
Want to use graphic art as part of home improvement or refurbishment.

How our courses are run

Courses are run with a maximum of 10 students. Starting at 10am and finishing at 5pm, there will be a 30 minute lunch break and a few short refreshment breaks.

This course is hosted by UK school of framing alumni at venues across the UK.
Please be aware our High Wycombe venue is a little bit out of town so we advise bringing a packed lunch or you may miss out on the great opportunity to get to know your fellow students over lunch!

Equipment for the day is provided, well maintained and shared amongst the students, you are encouraged to support and share any tips they have with each other.

Our courses are intended to be enjoyable, educational and collaborative learning experiences, there’s no stress from tests or assessments at the end of the day, we hope you leave with the satisfaction of building and learning something new.

What tools are used

Don’t worry if you are unfamiliar with any of the tools shown here, this course will give a hands on introduction to them.

Enrol on a course date

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Course locations

High Wycombe


Other information

Artwork to frame:

A photo or picture no larger than an A4 sheet of paper to frame.

Please bring a packed lunch

The venue is located outside of the town centre and access to food vendors is limited. To keep the course running on time for all students, we request that students bring a packed lunch with them.

Suitable clothing for a workshop environment:

  • No open toe shoes or sandals
  • No long floaty sleeves or garments which could get caught on things
  • Do not wear anything of value as we are working with glues and paints etc.
  • Do wear comfortable footwear as we are standing for most of the day.
We are monitoring the government guidelines for Covid-19.

If you feel at all unwell with flu or covid symptoms just get in touch, we’ll happily arrange for you to attend another day.

As lateral flow tests are no longer free we do not insist on a negative test result for attendance, and it is no longer law to socially distance or wear face masks.

However, the practical nature of the course does involve shared use of some workshop equipment, a little like the gym (but more fun).
Directions to All About Framing
  • From junction 4 of the M40 at Handy Cross roundabout, take the A4010 exit into John Hall Way.
  • Go straight across the first mini roundabout and turn right at the next roundabout into Cressex Link.
  • Continuing forward, go straight on at the traffic lights, then take the 2nd turning on the left into Halifax Road.
  • Proceed for about 100 metres (you will see the Booker store ahead of you) and take the first right into Stirling Road.
  • After 40 metres turn right between the blue posts of the second entrance into the Crusader Industrial Estate. Unit 2 is the second unit on the right.
  • You will see the ‘All About Framing’ designated parking spaces on either side of the road.

Personal Requirements We want to create learning opportunities for all workshop attendees and with this in mind, safety is paramount. We strive to offer an inclusive experience for everybody and regularly carry out reviews and risk assessments to ensure high safety standards are maintained at all times in the workshop. If you have any special requirements, please email us at or call us on 01494 459545 so we can discuss how best to accommodate your needs. The venue, workshop and toilet facilities are all wheelchair accessible.

Q & A

Artwork to frame:

On the day you will be working with white mounts and a black frame, so bear that in mind when choosing an image to bring. A black and white photo will work really well if you are unsure.

If you have a flat image (photo) that is exactly A4 (210×297mm) then yes, you can bring your own.

However, If not we ask that you use one of the images provided at the event. This is to make sure that everyone has a similar type of material and size to work from. If you arrive at the event with something that isn’t suitable, you won’t be able to use it.

If you email in advance, we do have the option to print your picture and have it ready for you at the event.

Unsuitable examples

Original art, drawings, fabrics, artwork with texture such as oils, acrylics, loose materials such as chalk, pastels, decoupage, etc. or tightly rolled prints that need flattening…

Once you’re through the Basics of Framing you’ll find we have courses especially for handling all of these types of artwork and objects!

No, the venue only has basic facilities to make hot drinks, which we do provide. We’re outside of town, so we advise bringing a packed lunch or you may be rushing around in your lunch break and miss out on the great opportunity to get to know your fellow students over lunch!

If you feel at all unwell with flu or covid symptoms just get in touch, we’ll happily arrange for you to attend another day.

You don’t need to choose your new date straight away, we can give you a personal voucher code so that you can see how you recover and book a new date when you are ready.

The code can also be used by someone else, so if you eventually decide to gift it to a friend or family member because your calendar is uncertain, then they will be able to book on the website themselves, using your code.

If you need to cancel with short notice you also have the option to purchase any tools, materials, equipment and services to the value of the voucher if you’d rather not book a course.

This is a special consideration for short notice cancellations due to illness within 14 days of the course date.

You still have the option to cancel for a full refund as long as you provide more than 14 days notice.

We run our courses with a maximum of 10 students in a pairs learning format. If you booked as a couple or pair of friends, we won’t split you up ????

With 5 pairs of students, you will share equipment and tools with just one other person. We provide anti-viral wipes for cleaning tools between users.

We also supply face masks and vinyl gloves should you prefer to use them, but their use is not mandatory for anyone on the course.

Yes, there’s ample parking right outside the workshop, with 8 reserved places for course attendees.

The course is 7 hours and runs from 10am – 5pm

Courses run with a maximum of 10 people

No, the store will be closed during the course. The store operates as a click and collect location for our website customers.

Yes, let us know at least 3 days in advance that you are attending the course and would like to collect your order while here.

The manual is included in the price of the course, once enrolled you will have lifetime access to the manual.

Yes, we will provide hot drinks (tea, coffee)

No, we run the courses with a maximum of 10 students as this allows the tutor to give each student the attention they need while learning. Before a course starts we engage in health and safety planning and risk assessments for the number of people we expect on the day. We don’t have a waiting area, viewing gallery or reception for companions.

No, Due to this course being hosted in our workshop, there will be artworks from galleries and personal collections that cannot be photographed

£159.00 inc.VAT

Material includes:

All equipment, materials and beverages will be provided on the course
A completed framed picture for you to take home.

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