Academy of Independent Parchment Craft Tutors

Academy of Independent Parchment Craft Tutors


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Tutors Update/Workshop - Bristol 2017

Bristol Workshop 

Pat and the girls outside the workshop venue 

The Academy Tutors' update was held on 2nd September 2017 in St Mary's Church Hall, Bristol. It covered painting Dresden style with inks and acrylics and black parchment and felt tips:

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The Academy

The Academy of Independent Parchment Craft Tutors (AIPT) is the creation of Pat Murphy who is co-founder of the Academy. It follows the introduction of the UK Parchment Craft Teacher Network, which Pat set up in 2012.


Pat is experienced in all aspects of parchment craft and has taught its skills for over 20 years. The AIPT is in response to the need for new tutors and Pat’s wish was to encourage and support both existing teachers and those who wish to teach the craft.


Acknowledging the difficulties of modern life, it is in the form of a distance learning package although it is anticipated that future attendance at workshops will enhance the experience. The AIPT is not associated with any commercial organisation.


The Academy has set out a three-tier exam system to enable candidates to develop, qualify and teach. First at a basic level, then progressing at the candidates’ own pace to more advanced skills.


Application: there is a pre-assessment requirement to demonstrate basic skills in the techniques of the craft. Candidates will be required to submit, by post, examples of a range of basic techniques. These include tracing, embossing, perforating and colouring. No painting. If these reach the necessary standard the candidate moves on to the Level 1 Assessment. For this, patterns and instructions are provided and help is available at all stages, where needed.


Successful candidates will receive a certificate, an Academy badge and a lanyard with the name printed on it. They will also receive, by email, sheets with teaching plans plus teaching support and six lesson plan designs to get started.


Levels 2 and 3 are optional but take candidates through more in-depth and advanced techniques, including simple painting at Level 2 and more advanced painting for Level 3.


Successful candidates are known as Academy Tutors and will automatically be invited to join the teacher network. They are given the opportunity to demonstrate, as Academy Tutors, at any exhibition Pat organises.


For further information on how to apply, please contact:

Patricia Murphy, 69 Eastbury Avenue, Honicknowle, Plymouth, Devon, PL52 ND

Tel: 01752-784281

Mobile: 07910045432


A supplemental course is being planned for the future. It will be a learning module and successful candidates will be known as Affiliates of the Academy of Independent Parchment Crafters. There will be a series of designs with colour copies and instructions. An assessment will be made on the completed work and, if successful, an Affiliate badge and certificate will be awarded.


Note: This supplement is not a Tutor course but successful candidates will be affiliated to the Academy.

Academy Principal

Patricia Murphy

Basic Embossing


Basic Perforating


Parchment craft is extremely popular all over the world. Many new techniques have been introduced since it's beginnings in the 15th/16th century. However, the basic techniques of embossing and lacework remain the most beautiful.


New Tutors...


Since the Academy started there have been a large number of applications from Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA.


The Academy of Independent Parchment Tutors has set out a three tier exam system. This is to enable tutors to qualify and teach, at a basic level first, and then progress at their own pace...more

To make a start you need to have a good background knowledge of the basic skills of parchment craft. Before you can proceed with the first exam at Level 1 you will be required to submit a selection of your work for assessment.

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