GCF Refresher Course

GCF Refresher Course

This course, now requires 2 full days, exam by prior arrangement

Course Times: 9:00am – 5.00pm

Materials Required: 
  • 1 x prints, minimum size 7 x 5 inch (178 x 127mm) 
  • 1 x piece of decorated fabric art, minimum 7x5 inch / (178 x 127mm)
  • Oil painting on canvas or printed canvas, minimum size 7 x 5 inch (178 x 127mm) & appropriate stretcher bars
  • Ruling Pen, Corner Gauge, Rule, Inks / Acrylics or Watercolours for ruled line drawing  
  • Candidates may bring along their favourite pieces of equipment, such as: Ruling Pen, rule, mountcutter, knife, etc….. 
GCF Examination dates are usually at the end of March / start of April and October each year. Other examination dates can be organised to suit candidates, this usually incurs an extra cost of the examiners travelling expenses, as all the examiners come from the UK mainland. Preparations are in progress to organise a ‘GCF Weekend’ where candidates will attend a 1-Day Refresher on a Friday and then take their GCF Exam on the Saturday or Sunday. Please keep an eye on the web site for details.

Course Content

  1. Machine maintenance, set up, squaring, safety procedures
  2. Review of Fine Art Trade Guild’s Mountboard & Framing Standards
  3. Mount cutting, single mounts, double mounts, multi-aperture mounts, V Groove Mounts
  4. Conservation mounting / hinging / use of undermounts
  5. Ruled line drawing, set up, using corner gauge. Candidates for GCF Examination, must be fully conversant with the use of a Ruling Pen
  6. Canvas Squaring and Stretching around wooden stretcher bars
  7. Squaring / attaching / framing of pieces of decorated fabric Art (NEW Element of GCF Examination 2010 / 2011)
  8. Practical elements of the GCF Examination will be performed, as well as a mock examination.
  9. This course will ‘advise only’ on the 3 obligatory pre-prepared framed test pieces that are required. They are as follows: these items must be made in your own workshop
  10. Framed print to Conservation Standards, with 2 sets of ruled lines around the mount or a V Groove
  11. Framed piece of decorated fabric art, double mounted to Commended Standard
  12. Stretched Oil Canvas, around wooden stretcher bars and framed

Required Reading

  • The updated 2015 GCF Study Guide
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