Location: Clifden, Twickenham
Price: £337.00 (£11.00 concessionary fee, £541.00 non-EU)
Start Date: 25/02/2013
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Weekdays/Time: Mon (09:30 to 12:30)
Number of Weeks: 17
Tutor Approval Required? No
You will learn the differing yet fundamental skills and techniques to repair and restore antique furniture and objects of virtue. The course content covers all areas of restoration; substrate, surface, metal parts, decoration and finishes.
You will ideally have at least basic literacy skills (minimum level 1/GCSE D-G grades or equivalent) as there will be some handouts available to support information given verbally in class. You will also use basic numerical skills (eg measurements and addition/subtraction/multiplication) in many classes.
Antique object assessment helps students evaluate the age, style and materials that their object comprises. This is then followed by treatment proposals and the ethics involved with any work.
You will work on your own antique furniture but are encouraged to start with wooden decorative boxes, tea caddies, sewing boxes and clock cases. As these objects are generally practical, are appropriate for all aspects of the course content, and are not priceless!
Intermediate learners are welcome to work on more advanced projects but smaller furniture is recommended as workshop space is limited and College storage is not possible. You will learn the safe use of woodwork and craft tools and the identification of materials; including woods, ivory, brass and lacquer. You will finish with a good knowledge of traditional and modern antique restoration and the ability to develop key skills in many disciplines of the restoration industry; these include antique furniture construction, veneer repairs and replacement, surface decoration and French Polishing. Also covered is fine materials restoration. During the process of the course you will learn more of Art, History and Design, this knowledge will be advanced through a field trip in London.
You will be assessed on a one to one basis and in terms of your personal skills; guided with areas that you feel need the most attention. This is not a certified or exam based course. Ability will be continually assessed and will improve through practice and guidance.
We strongly recommend that learners wear non slip, closed footwear and protective aprons (and gloves if appropriate) to ensure that any risk from materials used in the class is minimised.”
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An Apron and magnifying glass or loupe are useful, and if you prefer the use of your own tools; you are welcome to bring them along too. Your antique object.
High attendance is recommended.
Upon completion; you should have the foundation for a career in restoration or conservation and the skills to enjoy these craft activities on a hobbyist or professional basis.
Enrolment is best carried out online. If you prefer to enrol in person, you can enrol at either the Clifden or Parkshot centres. You can also enrol by post, payment should be by cheque made payable to Richmond Adult Community College and sent to Postal Enrolments, RACC, Clifden Centre, Clifden Road, Twickenham TW1 4LT.
“How much homework will I need to do outside of class?”
None, or as much as you enjoy! If you choose to work on your own antiques outside the classroom, you will become more proficient.
“What will happen if I miss a class?”
You may miss some important information that could later aid your project.
“When will the exams take place?”
“Do I need any special clothing or equipment?”
An apron is required. A loupe is also useful.
“Is there any tutorial support?”
All the support you require comes from the tutor during class hours.
You can enrol online, over the phone or in person at either site
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