Frequently Asked Questions

The most common questions have been answered here for you.

If your question still has not been answered, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

What is Graining and Marbling?

It is the reproduction of exotic woods and marbles using paints and glazes to replicate the finishes. Among other uses, it can match surfaces to wooden doors or marble counter tops for example.

What is Traditional Signwriting?

Before the days of vinyl stickers and digital printing, signs were hand painted! Either freehand or with stencils, a range of oil paints and brushes are used for lettering and images alike.

Who are the courses aimed at?

The courses are aimed at anyone who wants the pleasure & experience of learning a new art and craft.

These can include commercial decorators wanting to expanding their skill palette.

Painting and Decorating Students and Tutors to increase their portfolio.

Interior Designers and Architects broadening their horizons.

Fine Artists looking for another unique art venture.

People working in the heritage sector wanting to replicate and restore listed buildings.

Those who wish to attend for CPD purposes.

Where do you hold your lessons?

The Stockport Workshop is closing and a NEW location will be revealed soon.

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What qualifications do you have?

GCE Art & YCFE in Graphic Design, 1973-75

EMFEC 759 Signwriting Qualification, 1982-83

OCN Wood Graining & Marbling, 1997-2000

City & Guilds Teaching Certificate Stages 1 & 2, 2000-01

Above all else - 35 Years industrial experience!

How much do you charge for your courses?

New course structures and prices will be updated soon along with the new location, below are the old prices from the Stockport Workshop.


Weekend courses (Introductory, 2 days) are £160 per person. 

Full Week courses (Comprehensive, 5 days) are £400 per person.

How do I book onto a course?

Simply fill out our enrolment request form, applications close three weeks prior to the course. You will then be notified via email two weeks prior to the course if you have been accepted. You will then receive any important information about your course along with a request for payment which will be due one week prior to the course commencing. 

When will more courses be announced?

Courses are released six weeks prior to the start of the new term. We work from the three academic terms, Autumn (September-December) Spring (January-March) and Summer (April-June.) 

How do I pay for my course?

We currently accept payment via PayPal. Once your enrolment on your chosen course has been confirmed you will receive our details via email. 

What's your refund policy?

If we have to cancel any courses due to covid-19 guidelines students will be entitled to a full refund to their original method of payment and will be placed on a priority list for rebooking when possible.

How is my data used and stored?

All information we collect and store about past or present students is conducted in strict accordance to GDPR guidelines. For more details please read our privacy policy