Training Courses


We offer training in the art of picture framing at various levels, from practical one day introduction courses, to workshops for the hobbyist, through to structured programmes for those seeking a career in framing, either as an employee or self-employed business owner.

For those planning to establish their own framing business we also offer a range of business related training modules as well as practical technical support, all aimed at enabling you to achieve success.

Courses are delivered by our Fine Art Trade Guild Certified Framer, Andy Goodall MA, GCF (Adv.), supported by experienced framers and ormally run at our modern, fully equipped, air-conditioned, facilities in Alton, however, training can also be arranged as customer’s premises if preferred.

All our training is flexibly structured to meet the individual needs, learning styles and circumstances of our students, while aiming to achieve a defined level of knowledge and competency. Normally run on a one-to-one basis we can also accommodate couples, two business partners etc.

For these seeking a career in framing we recommend 5 days training which can be taken as a 3 day basic course with two add on modules covering textile and object framing. Normally held during a single week, attendance can be spread over a longer period including weekends if preferred

One Day Introductory course
This day aims to provide an overview of picture framing for those considering, but are unsure about a career in framing – it has also been popular amongst hobbyists and artists. This is a largely practical day covering mount cutting, the cutting and pinning of frames, glass cutting and picture frame assembly. We start the day with a brief overview of the equipment – including workshop health and safety – plus an outline of the 5 Levels of Framing.

Basic 5 day courses
This training has been structured for those planning a career in the industry and potentially aspiring to attain a professional Fine Art Trade Guild qualification.
Content includes:

An introduction to professional framing equipment and workshop practice, including the all-important safe operating practice and workshop Health and Safety policy.
An overview of the 5 Levels of Professional framing
The identification of basic types of artwork and the appropriate methods of framing.
The Mounting Artwork: including an overview of the methods appropriate for mounting artwork at each of level of framing; the types, properties and choice of mount board and practical mount cutting and decoration.
Mitring and jointing of frame moulding: including an overview of moulding types, choice, cutting and underpinning.
Glazing: types of glass and their properties in addition to practical glass cutting
Frame assembly: backing, sealing and hanging options.

Textile Framing: a brief overview of the types of textile based artwork and their appropriate framing methods. Including the squaring and methods of securing.

Object Framing: the module covers the variety of options available for framing three dimensional objects.

Bring along a small print, or photograph and you will be able to frame it during three day element of the course.

Remember, Blackwater Framing is part of a business consultancy business and hence we are able to offer a range of affordable, modular training and advice services in support of your framing business, these include:

Purchasing and stock control
Establishing a Framing Workshop: choice of business premises and the issues of leasing; equipment procurement, workshop layout, storage requirements and stock control.
Accounting: basic bookkeeping and record keeping; the pros and cons of limited company v sole trading; VAT.
Marketing Framing Services: Basic marketing theory aimed at identifying and communicating with potential clients, Market positioning (should the focus be on quality or price); Pricing.
Market Communications and Promoting Your Business: on-line presence (web design and social media) news media advertising; use of flyers, exhibitions and press releases.