Learn the ancient art of gilding, the technique of applying thin leaves of pounded metal to a prepared surface, and its many exciting contemporary applications. This workshop is of interest to painters, book artists, woodworkers, surface designers and those interested in mixed-media applications.
In the first week, students will create a series of sample boards using a variety of techniques on prepared hardboard and paper. Beginning with the importance of ground preparation, students will discover the fundamentals of water-based mordant gilding with Dutch metal, composition gold, aluminum and copper leaf.
Traditional Renaissance surface embellishment processes are explored – such as sgrafitto (“to scratch through”); granito, a technique for creating background texture and patterns; and pastiglia, a form of low relief that creates a raised surface, antiquing and distressing – as well as non-traditional surface applications.
We will research ornamental designs and interpret them for our various individual projects during the second week. Please feel free to bring your design ideas and other inspirational materials to adapt as well.
All gilding supplies will be included in the class fee. A materials list of supplies one may bring from home will be provided.
The 2-week workshop will be rounded out with trips to Siena and Florence.