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Workshop Title
Matte Cutting
  • Beginner
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Subject / Focus
Learn How to Cut Your Own Mattes
Class Description
Join John Sawyers and learn how to cut your own mattes for framing.
- Choosing colours, size of matte, and calculating size for the frame.
- Archival versus buffered mattes.
- What to use for the backing.
- Assembling the glass and mattes in frame, including finishing the back of the frame and attaching the wire.
- A short discussion on glass.
- How to mount a canvas in a standard frame or float mount frame.
About the Artist
John Sawyers worked as a portrait photographer for a number of years at which time he mounted and laminated prints for customers along with framing them.

John worked as a wholesale frame company sales representative. This included sales of frames, glass and framing supplies to art studios, framers and photographers. In this position, John had the opportunity to view a lot of framing studios and see how they worked.
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Supplies Students Should Bring:

Paint / art media
- Bring 2 to 3 pieces of art or photos to matte.
- If you wish to finish the framing you will need a frame.

**Note: Suggest for learning purposes and class bring 12x16 or smaller.
Art Surface / Support
Following will be provided by BAC (Barrie Art Club) for a small material fee ($5.00):
- Matte board / multiple colours and sizes available
- Matte cutters and blades
Supplies and Tools
(see above)
Reference materials
- Bring paintings or photos to matte (see above)

Materials Instructor Will Bring:

Materials Fee $ per Student
Materials the instructor will provide
- Mounting supplies

Workshop Outline: Complete: All-4 Class Series, 1 only-Single Session, 1 & 2 - Saturday OR Full Day

Session 1
- Discussion of matte types
- How to choose colour and size
- Demo of cutting a single matte
- Participants cut their own mattes
- Demo of cutting double matte
- Participants continue cutting their own matte
- Demo of assembling matte and frame

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