Introduction to Gilding with Richard Walker
August 15 09:30 - August 16 16:30£295.00
Gilding is an ancient, beautiful and relaxing, craft. It enables you to coat almost any item with a thin layer of pure gold leaf, or others metal of your choosing. Is it glass, wood, photographs, art or furniture you want to gild? Whatever you are interested in, this course is for you.
What does it cover?
Whether you have a professional interest in gilding, would just like to renovate some personal items or maybe just fancy developing a new skill, this gilding experience will provide fun and stimulation. On this course, you will learn the processes that dates back to over 4,500 years ago with the Egyptians and discover why gilding has a long and interesting history.
What you will learn:
It doesn’t matter what your or background is, this course is tailored to fully suit your personal needs. All students are provided a selection of exercises to help learn and understand the basic principles of gilding. These include the three areas of oil gilding, water gilding and glass gilding. Two days really is an ideal introduction to the mystery and fascination of gilding. We will look at surface preparation, correct handling the gold, patination processes on silver and copper and more. You may bring along your own items to gild within the class or discuss any projects with Richard – although finishing the item in the two days cannot be guaranteed.
Tools and Materials:
All tools and materials are provided for the course, including a full book of pure 23.5 carat gold-leaf, sample pieces to work on with additional materials available to purchase direct from the tutor.
A light lunch is included with this course.
About the artist:
Over the years, Richard Walker has developed an international renown through working with many disciplines of artists, frame-makers, furniture restorers, interior designers, photographers and more. As well as teaching gilding at colleges and institutions home and abroad, he has also worked on numerous projects, which locally including HMS Warrior and Portsmouth Cathedral.