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We currently offer weekend classes for Furniture Restoration, Wood Working, Wood Carving, Upholstery, Stained Glass and Jewellery Making, and evening classes in Wood Carving (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and Wood Working (Mondays and Wednesdays).

All of those classes cost £275, with a £100 deposit and the remaining of the tuition due on the first day of class. Payments can be made in cash, cheques or debit cards. Note credit cards can be used, but there is a 2% surcharge added to cover the bank charges. Tools are supplied for all courses, materials will be charged separately for Upholstery, Wood Working, Jewellery Making and Furniture Restoration.

We are currently planning on classes in French Upholstery, Traditional Finishes, Colouring Techniques, Using Machines in Wood Carving, and Seat Caning and Rushing. Please write and we will keep you informed of the future classes. Also, watch this space!!!!



Weekend Classes

Furniture Restoration with Paul Tear, MBE – Saturday WINTER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 11th until March 7th.

 

In this course, Paul will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced restorers. All types of projects are possible (We do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school). All materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply). Paul will carefully walk the student through every step of  the entire process of restoring their selected project.

With over 25 years experience at The Wallace Collection, and over 10 years as the course leader of the Furniture Conservation Course at Bucks New University in High Wycombe, Paul is one of the leading teachers in this field in the UK and one of the best to guide anyone to the successful completion of their project.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Jan. 11, 25, Feb. 8, 22, Mar. 7 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m..

 

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL!!!

Please contact the school for more information.





Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Saturday Winter 2020

Every other Saturday from 11 Jan to 7 March (excl school holidays) Each day runs from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

 

In this exciting course, Greg will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced upholsterers.  All types of projects are possible (We do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school).

All materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply). Students learn how to upholster traditional and modern furniture by working on their own prized objects.

At the end of the course there will be a small charge for materials used.

Class Dates (every OTHER  Saturday day):  Jan 11, 25 Feb 8, 22, March 7 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All Upholstery classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m.





Upholstery with Greg Cuppit-Jones – Sunday WINTER 2019 (5 sessions)

Every other Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 12th until March 8th.

 

In this exciting course, Greg will help students of all levels from complete novices to experienced upholsterers.  All types of projects are possible (We do suggest you send a picture of the object if this is your first class with the school).

All materials can be provided by the school (although a charge may apply). Students learn how to upholster traditional and modern furniture by working on their own prized objects.

At the end of the course there will be a small charge for materials used.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday):  Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 8 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m..

 

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL!!!

Please contact the school for more information.





Wood Carving with Ernest Riall, PhD – Saturday WINTER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 18th until March 14th.

 

Beginning students will learn the craft of Wood Carving using traditional tools through a couple of challenging exercises, talks and demonstrations. Those new to Wood Carving will learn all the basics and will develop the basic skills to successfully carve objects in wood. They will develop an understanding of wood, how to use the basic tools, then how to conceptualise a final Wood Carving goal and how to reach that goal. More advanced students will continue to improve their skills by carving more advanced pieces with careful guidance from the tutor.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Jan. 18, Feb. 1, 15, 29, Mar. 14 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m..

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Jewellery Making with Candace Pearce – Saturday WINTER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 18th until March 14th.

 

Although students will focus on pieces that can be worn they will also look at how these techniques can be used Fine and Decorative Arts. They will follow a basic set outline and they will use these techniques to make items that they will be confident in using. However one goal is to encourage their creativity and if they wish, the design of a piece can be up to them to express their likes and style. Precious metal work and especially jewellery is for everyone, be you a maker, wearer, male or female and it is all about the design, as students follow this course and feel more confident with making pieces I will encourage them to create work that reflects them. However, another side of this will be to teach them the mastery of the techniques related to working with metals.

Students will begin by looking into the basic tools, workshop health and safety, at best practices for the use of equipment and workshop awareness. The first project will teach them about annealing metal, and which involves using a blowtorch, flux and safety pickle, hammering, forging, mark making and polishing. The end result will be a copper bangle.

Following this demonstration students will learn how to solder, to use a jeweller’s saw, how to turn silver wire into a simple ring, and how to make a stone or jewelled setting, for a ring, pendant or brooch. Then they will look at mixing metals and look at more advanced methods of joining them to make a key chain, badge or brooch. Other subjects covered will include:

  • Chain making;
  • Melting and casting metals;
  • The use of rivets, wire and pins.

Finally students will make a number of different items including more brooches, necklaces, etc. The last week will be open to allow them to explore their specific area of interest.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Saturday): Jan. 18, Feb. 1, 15, 29, Mar. 14 (no classes on school holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m..

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Stained Glass (Introduction) with Lilian Shaw – Sunday WINTER 2020 (5 sessions)

Every OTHER Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except during school holidays) - January 19th until March 15th.

 

The idea of making pictures with coloured glass, balanced with shapes and rhythm has fascinated generations. This course will introduce students to this amazing craft. Students learn the handling of tools and materials. Developing confidence from straight lines to curves on coloured glass. Projects will introduce the students to the basic techniques such as to score (cut) glass safely, copperfoil and traditional leadwork. This is a hands on practical course, with aspects of design and soldering. As with the Applique technique the students will be able to develop their own design once they have mastered the basics. No previous experience in either art or stained glass is needed for this introduction – just a sense of play and adventure!

Advanced students are also welcome. Lilly will guide and facilitate the creative direction that they want to pursue.

Students are also expected to pay a material cost of  approximately £25.

 

Class Dates (every OTHER Sunday): Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 16, Mar. 1, 15 (no classes on School Holidays).

Class Times: All classes start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m..

Book Now - From £100.00