Monday 22 August 2016

Course Review: Upcycling Furniture by MyAntiqueSchool

Have you heard of MyAntiqueSchool?
It's an online school where you can study antique and upcycling courses taught by top UK & US experts, broadcasters and acclaimed writers.

Course list

There are courses on Learning more about art deco, mid-century modern design, Upcycling courses such as upcycling jewellery, furniture, lighting, vintage textiles, Sourcing fine art for resale, Investing in fine art & antiques, buying and selling at auctions, Understanding ceramics and many more. And all courses are taught by well known industry experts!

Course timelines & fees

Courses timelines range from one short week to eight weeks and course fees range from just $91 to $910.

A few weeks ago, I embarked on an Upcycling Furniture course from MyAntiqueSchool taught by master crafter, acclaimed author and upcycler extraordinaire Juliette Goggin.

Upcycling furniture tutor bio: Juliette Goggin

When I read Juliette's bio, I was intrigued and excited to start on the Upcycling Furniture course.

With a successful career in product design and development, Juliette has worked with fashion designers such as Cath Kidston and Julien Macdonald, taken part in the TV Show Super Scrimpers on Channel 4 in the UK and co-written her first book, Junk Genius featuring endless ideas for repurposing everyday objects with step by step tutorials for crafting projects in the home.

Juliette has also just completed her second book Hand Made Beauty which is designed to encourage beauty enthusiasts to create their own home made skincare products using natural materials and even plants from their garden.

Course structure

The Upcycling Furniture course was very well structured and there were three projects - decoupaging, how to recycle and re-cover a second hand chair and sew and create designer vintage cushion covers, taught in the course.

Out of the three projects, I had to complete any two. The course had an online classroom and community where students could interact, ask questions, post queries and answers, post their assignments and share their project photos.

The course was taught via a video lecture and had tutor access where Juliette was available to answer questions, provide guidance and feedback on all in-progress and completed assignments and projects.

[Project 1: Decoupaged Memory Box]
[Project 1: Decoupaged Memory Box]

Who should do this course?

~ If you love upcycling, repurposing or recycling furniture, jewellery or textiles, this is the course for you to hone your skills by picking up some fantastic design tips from an expert.

~ If you frequent flea markets, second hand op shops, trash and treasure markets and have an interest in vintage furniture, this is a great course to learn a few tips that you can use to buy and upcycle old furniture.

~ If you've always wanted to learn how to create designer vintage cushion covers, this is the course to learn expert tips, tricks and inspiring ideas.

~ If you know someone who loves to DIY, is a home improvement enthusiast or an interior style aficionado, this course would make for an amazing birthday gift!

[Project 2: Upcycling Furniture]

Course completion 

On successful competition of the course, the student receives recognised certification from the school.

Here's mine!

My personal experience

It's not often that one finds a course that is both fast paced and informative. The course was well structured, engaging and easy to follow. Besides classroom assignments, MyAntiqueSchool has an active and useful online student community board.

Another great feature about the course was that even post completion, I still have access to course materials and the video lectures. These features really made the course stand out for me. If you are short on time and have just a week to spare, the Upcycling courses are worth doing. If you are interested in Fine Art, the longer courses are fantastic.

It was a truly rewarding experience and I had a great time partaking in the Furniture Upcycling course and would definitely recommend it.

The online courses are filling up quickly and there are only a few spots left. Click here to sign up and save your seat.

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