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Adam Larsen

Frame Making on the Cheap


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Course Description

This workshop is designed for artists who desire to learn the skills necessary to fabricate professional level picture frames using inexpensive lumber from local hardware stores or home centers. Participants will learn the proper safety and use of various carpentry hand tools and power equipment required for the construction of wood frames. This will include ripping custom stock on the table saw, corner assembly, including adhesives, pneumatic brad nailers, splines, and sanding and finishes. Professional matting practices, glazing options, archival image mounting, frame assembly, hanging hardware, and gallery-hanging practices will be included. Alternative contemporary framing practices will be discussed and may be included as demos as requested. Participants should bring with them various 2-dimensional works (digital prints, drawings, collage, photographs, prints, watercolors, etc.) to be matted and framed. By the end of the week each participant will leave with multiple exhibit-ready matted, glazed, and framed works produced at a fraction of the cost of relying on retail frame shops. This workshop is open to participants at any level of experience.



Adam Larsen is a passionate artist, a dynamic teacher of the visual language, and an impeccable craftsman. His creative work exists in varied forms of drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and artists’ books. This mixed media affiliation allows him freedom as an artist to produce work in any combination of material and process in which to inform and enhance his concept. Adam holds an MFA degree from Wichita State University, KS and has exhibited his work extensively throughout the region, around the country, and internationally. He is currently a tenured, Professor of Art at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah where he teaches design, drawing, mixed media, and printmaking.