COURSES

Everett Fine Art is a family business, founded in 1958. Three generations have restored and conserved paintings from across the centuries, of both national significance and private worth, often facing a wide range of conservation challenges. Materials and techniques in this field have developed significantly and although embraced we continue to respect the many traditional methods that have served us so well.

Our team of specialists have presented courses on specific aspects of traditional restoration for many years in Italy, France and in our original studio in the heart of The South West of England. Our new contemporary studio however now offers us the ability to widen the topics that we teach.

This modern studio provides a wonderful light aspect, plenty of workspace, and is well-equipped with essential tools for all. This ensures that every delegate can fully benefit from our immersive and practical workshops whilst enjoying our expansive views of the beautiful Somerset countryside, the best ground coffee and an excellent range of tea, a wholesome lunch including fresh local produce, and the ever loving attention of our studio dog, Biscuit!

Courses & Dates

Frame Making and Restoring

Thursday 9th –  Sunday 12th January 2020
or
Thursday 16th –  Sunday 19th April 2020

These two workshops focus on the traditional methods of making and using traditional English Compo.

Course Summary 

An introduction to the principles of frame making, including a brief history of the development and styles of this technique, and a demonstration of the skills and creativity required. Each delegate will then make their own traditional frame using traditional techniques including –

The making of traditional English Compo; its qualities and uses

Preparing a frame carcass, making and using gesso, and applying these layers

Choosing traditional molds for your frame from our extensive collection

Pressing and trimming the compo and applying it to the frame

Applying gesso and bole layers and preparing the frame prior to leafing

Water Gilding your frame, alternative finishes, distressing

During the required drying time we will cover the fundamental elements of frame restoration, including a session on the making of molds for restoring lost and broken decoration.

9.30 am – 5 pm daily

£1,200 + vat to include instruction, personal frame and all materials, teas/coffees, and end of course supper

There are various bed and breakfast and Air bnb accommodations within a five-mile radius of the studio; details of which we are happy to forward it on request.

Alternatively, we can recommend dinner, bed and breakfast, including transport to and from the studio, within walking distance of the local county town, Taunton, at £200 for four nights (2 triples and 1 twin).

The studio is easily accessible from London by motorway (M4 & M5) or mainline railway from Paddington, London.

Glue-Paste Relining and Canvas Treatments

Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th  January 2020
or
Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th  April 2020

These two workshops focus on the full process from initial facing to tacking onto a stretcher.

All delegates will be able to practice the following techniques as we progress through the various stages

Analysing and decision making for choosing the most appropriate canvas treatment

First facing of the canvas and its later removal from the stretcher

Removing old lining canvas and glue residue

Preparing and sizing the loom

Preparing the canvas prior to lining, including any required impregnation or consolidation

Using the hot table to prepare canvas if necessary

Applying glue and bonding it to the loom, ironing and removing first facing paper

Inspecting and applying the second facing paper followed by second ironing

Removing from loom and re-stretching to the renovated original or new stretcher

At each stage we will discuss the alternative methods of treatment, some of which we may practice e.g. Beva and fish glue.

We will also examine the end result and evaluate it in comparison to other treated canvases in the studio.

9.30 am – 5 pm daily

£1,200 + vat to include instruction, personal frame and all materials, teas/coffees, and end of course supper

There are various bed and breakfast and Air bnb accommodations within a five-mile radius of the studio; details of which we are happy to forward it on request.

Alternatively, we can recommend dinner, bed and breakfast, including transport to and from the studio, within walking distance of the local county town, Taunton, at £200 for four nights (2 triples and 1 twin).

The studio is easily accessible from London by motorway (M4 & M5) or mainline railway from Paddington, London.

To enrol or for more information click HERE

Reviews

Learning the process of glue paste lining from Tim and the team was a fantastic and rare opportunity; the care they have for each painting is a reflection of their insurmountable knowledge and experience of traditional lining methods. It was great fun to design, build and gild an ornamented frame at Everett Fine Art. Learning how to work with compo was so interesting, and what an excellent spread of traditional wooden moldings they have to choose from!

Olivia, London, England

Having studied art history I was very interested in learning about conservation and restoration and Tim was a wonderful mentor, incredibly knowledgeable and patient, always keen to explain and show me how things are done, step by step. The added value is the wonderful location of the studio – you will be able to enjoy the unspoilt Somerset countryside while relining or repairing a canvas or restoring a frame. It was an all-around beautiful experience!

Carola, Bari, Italy

An excellent course, well-organised and yet relaxed, with lots of content balanced with equal amounts of practice. I will definitely come again!

William, Edinburgh, Scotland