Cregal Art Ltd. offers a one-on-one picture framing course, ideal for anyone intending to open a picture framing business.
The course is instructed by a dedicated staff of three Guild Commended Framers (Fine Art Trade Guild). As the course is taught on a one-to-one basis, it can be tailored to each individual student, depending on their speed of progress and their particular areas of interest.
Our course has a strong business focus, providing students with detailed information on the step-up cost including machinery and materials. We provide list of potential suppliers in Ireland, UK and Mainland Europe. We also advice on recommended inventory levels and popular moulding and mount board colours.
One of the most important areas when setting up a picture framing business is how much to charge for your finished picture frame. If you are new to the picture framing business this can be a very daunting task due to unknown labour element of cost. We provide a free computer programme with printable pricing tables that incorporates the cost of material and labour. This enables new business owners to accurately calculate recommended retail prices for finished picture frames.
It important to know you don’t require retail premises to open a picture framing business. Many passed students have started their business from a garage and advertised locally. If you would like to discuss the possibility of opening a picture framing business please don't hesitate to contact Joe Creavin on 091-751864.
The following is the broad itinerary for the week:
Workshop induction with an overview of the different equipment and safety procedures. A study of the different types of moulding and instruction on how to cut and join moulding.
Cutting of glass and backs, as well as a revision of the previous day’s work.
Final assembly of different types of artwork i.e. cleaning glass and securing artwork inside the frame. Making frames suitable for 3D objects e.g. ceramics, medals etc. The stretching canvas and fabric material e.g. silk painting, jerseys etc.
Cutting single, double and multi-window mounts. The gluing down of canvases and sticking down of prints onto self-adhesive board.
Training in the use of our computerised picture framing program. The program incorporates the element of cost i.e. material and labour to generate a recommended retail price. A copy of this program is provided free of charge and includes support service.
Colour co-ordination and choosing the most suitable frame and mount for various artworks. The study of conservation framing including the different PH qualities of mounting, types of glazing and final assembly to conservation standards.
The course also includes one extra day that students can avail of in a future date if they would like to return to get a refresher on any skills they have learnt during the course. This is especially important if there is a time day between completing the course and opening their business or gaining employment.
Duration: Monday to Thursday, 10.00 – 18.00hrs
Students who successfully complete the Cregal Art Framing Course are invited to sit the GCF exam. The price of the course includes one extra day of training in preparation to for the GCF exam*. We also give an open invitation to passing students to revisit our workshop with any difficulties they may encounter after completing their training. (There are no extra charges for any of these after sales services).
*The Fine Art Trade Guild charge a separate fee for sitting the exam.
We now offer a FREE Demo for our DIY framing machinery, which includes the Logan Compact Mount Cutter, Frame Joining Kit and the Hand Mitre Saw. The free demo is by appointment only and is limited to 30 minutes. It gives customers an opportunity to use the machinery without any commitment to make a purchase. The products that would be on show can be seen by clicking ont the image below.