Different craft materials

Steven Oxley

A bit about the man behind The School of Decorative Art 

Since 1983 I have worked as a self-employed signwriter, woodgrainer, marbler and decorator. Between 2000 and 2008, I worked as a college lecturer, where I gained a City & Guilds 730 teaching qualification.

I am particularly interested in the specialist areas of the decorative arts and have an in depth knowledge of the traditional processes and materials involved.

I will run courses in the following:

Traditional Signwriting: beginners & advanced,

Wood-graining and Marbling: beginners & advanced,

Gold Leaf Work and Glass Gilding,

Hand Painted Furniture,


A video of the Signwriting Course held at the Hepworth Gallery can be viewed at the link below (on the left).


To support teaching and learning in the above areas, I have numerous reference books and a wide range of teaching resources. 


In addition, I have wider interest in the restoration of listed buildings and Architecture. Below (on the right) is a link to a 45 min film of a restoration project I ran with my colleague Robert Sykora. The project was set up as a view of giving as many students as possible the experience of working on a listed building and the video is about the experience from the students point of view.