This inspiring course will give you the practical skills, ideas and motivation for creating upcycled pieces with a range of contemporary looks. You will be introduced to the concepts of upcycling through a mixture of hands-on sessions, lectures and an external visit...
Taught by: Anna Jacobs.
This inspiring course will give you the practical skills, ideas and motivation for creating upcycled pieces with a range of contemporary looks. You will be introduced to the concepts of upcycling through a mixture of hands-on sessions, lectures and an external visit. There will be a particular focus on how you can upcycle and update furniture in your own home or for a client, with additional tips on how to commission a unique upcycled piece. With guidance from an expert tutor, you will develop your ideas, technical skills and confidence to transform a piece of furniture from something useless to the centrepiece of an interior scheme. You will learn a range of skills from decoupage and distressed finishes to pattern transfers and simple techniques for developing a unique design. You will be guided through the best types of paint, materials and tools for each type of finish, whether it is for an urban contemporary look or a shabby chic feel. You will also be given an introduction to the socio-economic context of the upcycling movement and why it is becoming increasingly relevant for interior designers today.
At the end of the course you will understand various painting techniques and their suitability for desired effects. You will take away a sample board, which you will have painted yourself, demonstrating a variety of finishes and leave with the confidence to undertake and complete a simple project in your own home or for a client.
Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for beginners and serves as an introduction to upcycling. It would be of interest to interior designers who would like to provide their clients with unique one-off pieces and anyone who would like to update a piece of furniture in their own home.
Anna Jacobs works as a freelance interior designer for domestic interiors and she is also an exhibiting artist. After a rather varied 20-year career involving theatre, music and art and latterly eight years as Head of Marketing and Design at a City law firm, Anna retrained as an interior decorator at Chelsea College of Arts in 2010.
Since completing her training she has formed her own company, Anna Jacobs Design, and has enjoyed a constant flow of interior design commissions ever since.
Please bring the following with you on the first day:
2 flat-tipped nylon brushes for painting – 1” and 2” wide
Pencils – HB, 2B
Suitable clothes for painting in, or an apron.