Framing Training School Guide

Framing Training School Guide – FBN’s Annual Back-To-School

Framing Business News presents our 2004 Framing Training School Guide to help framers stay up-to-date on the newest techniques and technologies in the marketplace. The schools listed below provide basic to advanced framing classes and offer convenient schedules in locations across the United States and Canada.


122 Spring St., Suite B1

Hartford, CT 06489

6345 South Peeps Road, Suite 106

Las Vegas, NV 89120


Fax: (413) 647-4553

The American Picture Framing Academy offers classes to framers, owners and managers who want to start a custom-picture-framing business or learn professional framing skills.

The five-day course, which costs $750, offers instruction in the latest professional framing methods, including creative mat cutting and decoration, mounting techniques, frame cutting and joining and glass cutting and glazing procedures. Students will learn the basics of frame design and selection, retail and corporate sales techniques, pricing strategies, frame shop management and advertising strategies.

The school features state-of-the-art equipment and teaching facilities. Lodging is within walking distance. Some scholarships and financial aid may be available. Materials included in tuition. Call for a schedule.


#1 20678 Duncan Way

Langley, British Columbia

V3A 7A3

888-252-0040; (604) 533-5328

Fax: (604) 533-9680


Canadian Picture Framers School Inc. offers a basic professional course and an advanced course, each lasting five days. The basic course is a professional-level training course designed to teach the basics of picture framing, stressing hands-on, practical projects. The advanced class covers conservation framing, French matting, object-box flaming, creative matting, glass etching and image transfer to canvas. Tuition is $670 (Canadian) plus G.S.T. and includes the cost of materials and completed projects.

Schedule: Basic March 1-5, April 5-9, May 3-7, June 2-6, July 5-9, Aug. 2-6, Sept. 6-10, Oct. 4-8, Nov. 1-5, Dec. 6-10 Advanced April 12-16, July 12-16, Sept. 13-17.


2606 S. Raritan Cir.

Englewood, CO 80110

(303) 922-1919

Colorado Moulding Co. offers a three-day basic framing workshop, which includes all aspects of picture framing. Students receive hands-on training from Dennis Tiny, founder of Dakota Framing Specialties, on mat-cutting practice and design techniques and assembly and layout for single or multiple mats. Glass cutting, frame assembly and finishing techniques are also offered. The cost is $425, and classes are limited to eight students.

Schedule: Sept 20-22 and Sept. 23-25


5000 S.E. 18th Ave.

Portland, OR 97202


Fax: (503) 238-3899

The Framers’ Inventory Education Center provides a full range of framing education services, from four-day basic-skills classes to individual and on-site instruction. Classes cover subjects such as conservation framing, cutting fillets, decorative mounting and more

The four-day basic course costs $495. Individual instruction is available for $35 an hour. Prices include all materials and supplies. A $250 deposit is required.

Schedule: May 11-14, Sept. 21-24, Nov. 16-19


12231 Fort Road

Edmonton, Alberta, T5B 2H2

800-268-0897 or (780) 944-9149

Fax: (780) 477-3051

The Frame Tutor offers daytime classes for career-minded framers and evening classes for hobby framers. Daytime programs include three one-week workshops. Program 1 covers basic framing, Program 2 covers intermediate framing, and Program 3 covers advanced framing. Courses can be taken consecutively or individually as long as they are taken in sequence.

Workshops cost $675 (Canadian), which includes manual and all needed supplies. A $250 deposit is required at registration. G.S.T is not included in tuition.

Schedule: Program 1 April 19, May 31, July 12, Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15. Program 2 April 26, June 7, July 19, Aug. 23, Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 22. Program 3 May 3, June 14, July 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Nov. 1, Nov. 29.


2646 Broad St.

Chattanooga, TN 37408

(423) 266-4453

Fax: (423) 266-4436

Gold Leaf Designs and Gallery offers “The Art of Gilding.” Alan Shuptrine, owner and master craftsman of Gold Leaf Designs and Gallery, gives one-and two-day seminars on gilding and other related decorative finishes. Students also participate in hands on demonstrations and discussions ranging from the historical background of gilding to the steps for restoring and applying leaf. One-day seminars for professionals and designers and one day seminars for artists cost $600. Two-day seminars in gilding and restoration cost $2,000. Reservations required 30 days in advance.

Schedule: One-day seminars for professionals/designers: April 23, June 26, Aug. 28. One day seminars for artists: March 27, July 30; Two-day seminar/Gilding and Restoration Sept. 24-25.


1128 Clyde Court

Kingston, Ontario K7P 2E4

800-294-0098; (613) 384-1146

Fax: (613) 384-1176


The basic course covers the essentials of framing, while the advanced course concentrates on innovative approaches to framing. Classes are limited to eight students and an advanced registration fee of $100 (Canadian) is required. Five-day basic- and advanced-course fees are $695 plus G.S.T., which includes registration fee of $100. Materials and equipment are provided.

Schedule: Basic March 15-19, April 19-23, May 10-14, June 7-11, July 19-23, Aug. 23-27, Sept. 13-17, Oct. 18-22, Nov. 15-19, Dec. 6-10. Advanced: April 26-30, Oct. 25-29, June 14-18.


304 S. Boyd St.

Winter Garden, FL 34787

(407) 877-3958

Fax: (407) 877-9245

Jakob-Sansbury Conservations offers basic and intermediate classes, including traditional oil and water gilding, compo- and molding making, and 19th-century casting techniques for frames. Corner samples can be completed in a 3-day workshop, and two frames can be completed in a week-long workshop. Students have full use of all materials and tools. Three-day workshops start at $750. Week-long workshops start at $1,500. Workshops are by appointment and tailored to what the student wants to learn.


2003 W. Market St.

Akron, OH 44313



This year, Kistler Seminars is introducing the new Passport to Success program, which offers credit for each class attended, leading to a certificates and other awards of achievement.

A passport is issued to each student, then each Kistler Seminars class attended is validated with a special stamp on the passport. Every five classes represents a new level. To learn more about the Passport program and to see a list of upcoming seminars, visit or call 800-999-7491.


3900 Steve Reynolds Blvd.

Norcross, GA 30093

800 438-5031

Larson-Juhl offers classes on conservation/preservation techniques, design and color, joining methods, mat cutting, needleart framing, permanent mounting, pricing and profitability and successful selling taught by certified picture framers. Tuition for a five-day course is $795, which includes a manual, project materials, certification and a graduation dinner. Class size is limited. A $300 deposit is required for registration. One-day seminars are also available, which are designed to increase skills in a specific area. Students will learn new concepts, techniques and practical tips on design, marketing and merchandising and selling skills/how to upgrade sales.

Five-Day Training Center

Atlanta: March 15-19, April 19-23, June 7-11, July 12-16, Aug. 24, Oct. 4-8

Chicago: April 19-23, June 14-18, Aug. 16-20

Denver: March 29-April 2, July 26-30

Miami: March 8-12, June 28-July 2

Minneapolis: May 24-28, Sept. 27-Oct. 1

New York: April 26-30, Sept. 20-24

Seattle: May 3-7

St. Louis: June 7-11


262 E. Fourth St.

St. Paul, MN 55101

(651) 291-8820

Fax: (651) 291-3826

The Master Framers Inc. workshops are designed for framers who want to learn advanced skills. Workshops cover frame restoration, altering pre-finished moulding and 22-karat-gold water gilding. Workshops are conducted on a one-on-one basis with guilder Eric Tollefson. Add travel and lodging expenses to the $700-per-student, per-day fee for classes. A completed project for each student generally includes a finished frame or a completed restoration. Call for schedules.


13431 114 St.

Edmonton, Alberta E5E 1J8

(780) 457-0538

After Hours: (780) 453-5036

The Murillo School of Restoration offers a six-week course on general restoration that meets six days per week for eight hours each day. The course costs $8,100 (Canadian), and tools cost approximately $800 (Canadian).

A shorter course focuses on cleaning and restoring paintings and picture frames, including gold and silver leafing. This three-week course, meeting eight hours a day, six days a week, has a fee of $5,255 (Canadian). Tools cost approximately $600 (Canadian). All fees must be paid in advance. Call for schedules.


P.O Box 814, 15 King Court

Keene, NH 03431



The New England Framing Academy offers a four-day novice-intermediate course. Subjects taught in the classes include shop layout, pricing, custom matting, conservation framing and purchasing.

The $625 tuition includes a non-refundable $220 deposit and covers all materials.

Schedule: March 22-25, Jun 21-24, Sept 27-30


P.O. Box 102, 207 Commercial Court

Morganville, NJ 07751

(800) 969-7176

Fax: (732) 536-5761


PFM Seminars offers basic, intermediate and advanced framing classes. Seminars include one-hour lectures, hands-on workshops and two-day seminars held throughout the United States in various locations as well as at industry trade shows. PFM Seminars on the Road also offers one-day sessions throughout the year at various locations. Subjects include executive management, fundamentals of framing, gallery management, gilding and more.

Tuition ranges from free to $195. Special pricing packages are available. Refer to the Web site for schedules and locations.


75 Newbury Street

Danvers, MA 01923

(978) 535-5070


Prestige Framing Academy offers beginning- to advanced-level classes in the following subjects: framing, matting, dry mounting, fabric mats, glass etching, flaming needleart, mat decoration, object box framing, oil gilding, plastic fabrication, water gilding, woodworking, preservation, business development, cross marketing, maximizing sales and pricing for profit.

Classes are offered through out the year. Half-day classes cost $75 to $100, full-day classes cost $100 to $150, 2-day classes cost $500 and 5-day classes cost $875. Tuition may vary depending on course content. There is no materials fee, and reference materials are provided. Class size is limited to 10 people.

The school maintains a fully equipped, state-of-the-art facility, including computerized POS and mat-cutting equipment, woodworking equipment and traditional framing equipment. Instructor Stuart Altschuler, CPF, GCF, has more than 30 years of experience in the framing industry. Call for schedules


216 Douglas St.

Madison, TN 37115

800-745-0246; (615) 865-2666

Fax: (615) 865-1903


Instructor Mitchell Cavanah teaches the basics of matting, glazing, cutting and joining frames, mounting and fitting in Custom Picture Framing 101. Class time is also spent on issues of pricing and running a custom framing business. Gold leafing classes are taught by Lou Reed, a 30-year veteran in restoration and gold leafing. The three-day course applies all types of leaf, including oil gilding, acrylic-based leafing and water gilding. The fee for the workshop is $425 including materials. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. A deposit of $200 is required to guarantee a spot.

Schedule: Custom Picture Framing 101 April 12-14, Aug. 2-4, Oct. 4-6 (dates subject to change)


1880 Oakcrest Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55113

(651) 636-6646; 800-735-3025

Fax: (651) 636-8153

33603 Dequindre

Troy, MI 48083


TC Moulding offers five-day basic classes and one-day studio classes for matting, mat cutting, mounting, object boxes and needle art. Students are encouraged to bring personal projects for consultation and sharing. Projects will be addressed after the class material has been completed. Call for a schedule and prices.


80 Gordon Drive

Syosset, NY 11791

(516) 496-4430; 800-645-7260

Fax: 888-809-0603; (516) 4967968.

United Manufacturers picture framing academy offers a beginner class that teaches conservation, mat cutting, design, mounting, laminating, moulding cutting and joining, glass cutting and needleart framing. Students will learn basic skills required to operate a frame shop and learn advanced skills to turn a profit. Tools are provided. The class includes are four days of instruction, a graduation dinner, daily lunches and a diploma. Call for schedule and prices.


10708 Vanowen St.

North Hollywood, CA 91605

(818) 789-5656

Fax: (818) 509-0461

Valley Moulding and Frame offers basic framing, advanced matting, preservation and conservation and advanced fabric courses. One-week basic classes cost $650, one-day advanced classes cost $175, and two advanced classes taken consecutively cost $300. A deposit of half of the tuition fee is required upon registration and is refunded only if a cancellation is made 14 days prior to the class.

Schedule: Basic Framing: May 3-7, Aug. 2-6, Nov 8-12

Advanced Matting: June 7, Sept. 20 Praservation/Conservation: June 8, Sept 21. Advanced Fabric Oct, 11.

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