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The School of Decorative Art caters for beginners (no previous experience required) and advanced students alike with both weekend and full week courses available. All courses cover the introductions to tools and materials as well as the course practice from start to finish.

Tea, Coffee and biscuits provided. There is cafe on site (Mon-Fri), or bring your own and enjoy it in the studio lounge or on the bowling green!


Each student will be given handouts on each subject and will be given the opportunity to build that all important portfolio of your work.

A Certificate of attendance will be issued after each course.

When are the next Course Dates?

* Unfortunately due to Greater Manchester being placed into tier 3 of the covid-19 restrictions we have had to cancel the remaining courses for the current term. Please feel free to still send us an enrolment application and you will be placed on our priority list for rebooking when possible *


Introductory Signwriting & gold leafing 

Comprehensive Signwriting & gold leafing 

Introductory Woodgraining & Marbling

Comprehensive Woodgraining & Marbling

What Courses do you provide?

Introductory 2 Day Courses £160 per person.

2 - 4 people, priced per weekend course.

The perfect introduction to the decorative arts whether you choose Signwriting or Woodgraining, getting stuck in and painting two full signs/panels.


10.00 - 16.00 (usually Saturday and Sunday)

The use of tools and materials are included.

Also includes 2 painted signs/panels to take home and a signed certificate of attendance!

Woodgraining & Marbling

Preparation: Making & Preparing Panels, Working in both Water and Oil paints and understanding the formation of Woodgrains and Marbles.

Woodgraining: Oak, Mahogany.

Marbling: Vert de Mer, Sienna, Trompe l'oeil shadings.



At the end of the course you will have 5 approx 32"x16" signs to take home along with a signed certificate of attendance. 2 of Oak and 1 Mahogany woodgrains, 2 of Vert de Mer and Sienna Marbles.

2 - 4 people, priced per 5 day course.

They can range from weekly classes 1 day per week to 5 consecutive days.

Mostly 10:00 to 16:00 each day. The use of tools & materials are included.

A more in depth course than the weekend courses, you will learn the following processes:

Comprehensive 5 Day Courses - £400 per person.

Signwriting & Gold Leafing

Preparation: Making & Preparing Signs, Drawing up letters, Scaling Letters.

Signwriting: Block Lettering, Script Lettering, Bash/Poster Lettering, Letter Shading.

An introduction to gold leafing: Transfer Gold Leaf (introductory course) Glass Gilding (comprehensive course.)

At the end of the course you will have 4 approx 32"x16" signs & 1 glass sign to take home along with a signed certificate of attendance. Before you arrive plan what you'd like your signs to say!

Europa Business Park, Bird Hall Lane, Cheadle Heath,

Cheshire, SK3 0XA UK

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