How to Frame Artwork

Woodworking, Print & Book Arts

How to Frame Artwork

Learn all the steps of framing artwork, from the frame to the matboard, glass, backer board and assembly.

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 7/20/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Sun, 7/21/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, 7/20/2024 - Sun, 7/21/2024


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Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking, Painting, Photography, Printmaking


Once you know how, you can frame pictures, prints, or other artwork you create using tools available at BARN.

You'll use old, second-growth, clear, vertical-grain cedar to build an 11-inch by 14-inche frame.  In the Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, you'll mill and assemble the frame on the first day, using the table saw to rip the stock and the rabbet, the router to mill the front, and the miter saw to assemble the frame.

On the second day, you'll sand the frame in the Woodworking Studio, then move to the Print & Book Studio to cut the mat, the foam backer board, and the glass. You'll end up with a beautiful frame and a framing process that you can use to handle all your art framing needs and protect other works of art.

The instructor also will discuss shadow box frames and show you examples of that process.


  • A materials fee of $70, included in the class fee, covers everything you'll need except for the artwork.
  • Bring a photograph, drawing, or other piece of art no larger than 9 inches by 12 inches on the first day to assure accurate dimensions for all of the processes.  


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid dangly clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Charles Sharpe

Charles is a life-long self taught woodworker and enjoys sharing his knowledge through teaching classes at BARN. Other interests include listening to live performances of music, kayaking, camping, bicycle riding, playing music, and singing in a Threshold Choir at bedside for people who are transitioning from life.

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