This workshop is ideal for individuals interested in exploring the stretching and framing of canvas based artwork. It offers valuable insights into the terminology, styles, and key aspects of this area of framing whether you are an artist, framer or simply interested in craftsmanship.
Through a combination of clear explanations, demonstrations, and hands-on practice, you will gain training in the following areas:
- Artwork project planning, taking into account the artwork’s characteristics.
- Familiarity with terminology related to various canvas stretching styles.
- Techniques for joining pre-mitred lengths of moulding to create stretcher bars and frames.
- The use of specialised equipment for stretching canvases and attaching them to stretcher frames.
- A step-by-step approach to stretching canvas art.
- Planning, marking and attaching stretched canvases into tray frames.
- Utilisation of specialised accessories for attaching stretched canvases into both float/tray frames and traditional frames.
- Principles for the final finishing and hanging of canvas artworks.
What previous experience should I have?
This workshop is designed to cater to individuals who are brand new to framing, as well as those who may have dabbled in framing their work to some extent. While having prior experience with hand tools is not a requirement, if you do have such experience, it can certainly be helpful!
The primary focus of this course is to explore various stretching and framing techniques for canvases. To streamline this aspect, all stretcher bars and frames will come pre-cut from our manufacturing team, allowing you to join and assemble them yourself during the workshop.
If you believe you would benefit from learning how to cut moulding for frames, we recommend considering our Basics of Framing course. It serves as an excellent introductory course to teach you the process and proper techniques for frame cutting.”
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.
Our courses are typically hosted outside of town centres, 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 you 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 do I need to bring?
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. We will provide all teas & coffees.
Email in advance 3 pictures for printing on canvas (It's FREE!):
As the frames and stretcher bars will be cut to size, we ask that you email us your pictures so that we can ensure they are printed to the correct size. We require:
- 3 pictures at 400 x 300mm - However, don’t worry if you if they’re not exact as our printing team will be able to crop it to the correct size
The printing of these canvases is included in the price of the course.
If you do not have any pictures you would like printing we can either supply you with one or you can stretch the canvas blank and take it home to paint it after the course.
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 provide all tools & materials for framing on the day.