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Picture Framing course - How to Stretch and Frame a Canvas

All About Framing - Learn to Frame
Course summary
Leisure / Fun Classes
7 hours
199 GBP excl. VAT
Full time
Leisure / Fun Classes
Course Dates
High Wycombe
199 GBP

High Wycombe
199 GBP

Course description

About the course

Explore how to present artworks (such as paintings, photos and tapestries) that are on unstretched canvases. You will learn how to make stretcher frames, how to stretch the artwork and the to finish ready for hanging. This is from our professional and specialist range of courses. 

What will the course cover?

This day's workshop will suit those who want to try bespoke framing projects and may well be required to stretch and frame canvases, of any proportions. It will be most valuable to those specialising in a particular form of artwork involving canvas or fabric-based art such as oil and acrylic painting, photos printed on canvas, tapestry workers, interior designers.

The session will look at the traditional form of commercial stretchers and hangers as well as mouldings designed especially for making your own stretcher frames. It will cover the process of planning a project based on the dimensions of the artwork to be displayed, building the stretchers, attaching the artwork and adding a float or tray frame to one of the two pieces you will make through the day.

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

  • Planning projects from the artwork.
  • Cutting techniques.
  • How to join mitred lengths of moulding to create both stretchers and frames.
  • Specialised equipment used in stretching and attaching canvas or fabric around a stretcher frame.
  • The sequence of steps used in stretching canvas art.
  • How to plan, mark up and create a box or tray frame and attach a stretched piece into it.
  • Specialist accessories used in attaching stretched canvases into conventional frames.
  • Principles for finishing and hanging canvases.
  • Ideas for providing sight edges around the image if no frame is to be attached.

All students will complete two pieces of work. One will be a gallery wrap stretched canvas with no frame, for direct hanging and the second will be a framed, stretched piece.

Suitability - Who should attend?

What previous experience should I have?

It is essential that you have at least some experience of using basic tools associated with making your own frames.The trainers will assume you are familiar and this is reflected in the range of terms and references used by the trainers in their instructions. 

You may benefit from the Basics of Framing course to learn the process and correct techniques.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Certificate of Attendance
  • A completed framed picture for you to take home

Course delivery details

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 our professional workshop in High Wycombe, sadly this 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 do I need to bring with me?

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.

Something to Frame:

You will need to bring two pieces of artwork (on canvas) for stretching - each one no larger than 400 mm x 500 mm (or similar surface area but different proportions).

You will need a minimum of 75mm spare canvas along each edge of the image - this spare will wrap along the edges and underneath the stretcher frame

If you need a canvas printed, then please contact us and we will be able to quote you for the printing.

Your artwork can be photography on canvas, oil / acrylics on canvas, tapestry or printed fabrics. Note all pieces must be suitable for remaining open to the air as they will not be mounted and framed behind glass.

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.

Continuing Studies

Following on from this course we offer 5 next level courses to help you to build up your framing repertoire:

  • 3D Framing
  • Conservation Framing
  • Fabric Framing
  • Sport Shirt and Clothing Framing
  • Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames

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For fun or profit learning to frame can be a really rewarding skill. After years struggling to find a suitable course in his quest to become a framer the founder, Duncan McDonald, built a package of courses. The UK School...

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Unit 2, Crusader Industrial Estate, Stirling Road, Off Halifax Road, Cressex Business Park
HP12 3ST High Wycombe Buckinghamshire

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