Water Gilding: Foundation Study, Introduction to Traditional Materials & Techniques
Five (5) day course (additional day optional)

FEBRUARY
18th – 23rd, 2018

CLASS SIZE
2-3

LEVEL
Foundation

INSTRUCTOR
Sarah Pringle

Description

This is an introductory level course suitable for those interested in learning the basic skills needed to work with traditional water gilding methods. You will receive five days of hands-on instruction in the practice of traditional water gilding, with the emphasis on practical techniques for surface preparation and the handling of loose leaf for panel and/or furniture gilding.

Materials, tools and equipment will be defined and their importance explained. Techniques in surface preparation using gesso and clay as the foundation for gilding will be taught step-by-step. Handling and applying gold and semi-precious leaf will be demonstrated so that you can become relaxed and confident when doing the application yourself. You will have the opportunity to prepare and gild a variety of panels and a mock up chair rail. Materials, supply and resource lists, recipes, a bibliography and supplemental material will be provided.

You may choose to add an additional sixth day to this course, which would provide you with access to the studio and time with the instructor to continue working on or to complete course projects.

Skills Covered
How to choose appropriate materials
Preparing substrates
Making and applying primer, gesso and bole
Leveling gesso and bole surfaces
Marking up
Handling and cutting loose leaf
Laying leaf (silver and gold, half and full sheets)
Skewing and polishing
Prerequisite
No prequesite is required but given the detail oriented nature of water gilding some experience in hand/eye skills with brushes and an appreciation for technique and process is helpful.
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Water Gilding: Intermediate Study, Panel and Furniture Gilding
Six (6) day course

CLASS SIZE
4 – 6

LEVEL
Intermediate

INSTRUCTOR
Sarah Pringle

DATE(S)
TBA

Description
This intermediate level course is suitable for those interested in developing the skills needed to work with scale, design and color in relation to traditional methods of panel and furniture water gilding.

You will receive six days of hands-on instruction in techniques to create consistent application, remedy flaws, and to manage multiple panel production. Color and design treatments will be demonstrated through the use of variations on bole preparation and application; the planning process in design layouts; and the choice of ways to apply gold and semi precious leaf and double gilding. This is an opportunity to practice handling materials and to deepen your understanding of the nuanced use of materials to prepare and water gild different size panels, mock-up furniture samples and story boards on a variety of substrates.

Materials, supply and resource lists, recipes, a bibliography, and supplemental materials will be provided.

Skills Covered
Applying gesso
Pigment and color use beyond the traditional palette of bole colors
Applying bole and distemper used as bole
Leveling gesso and ‘bole’ surfaces
Marking up for a variety of designs
Handling and cutting loose leaf
Laying loose/surface leaf
Skewing /polishing
Discuss options for finishes/top coats
Estimating time and materials to create a proposal
Prerequisite
Experience with the preparation and use of traditional gesso and bole as well as experience handling loose leaf. Water Gilding: Foundation Study, Introduction to Traditional Materials & Techniques is encouraged but not mandatory.
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Water Gilding: Intermediate Study, Methods of Embellishment, Patina & Toning
Six (6) day course

CLASS SIZE
4 – 6

LEVEL
Intermediate

INSTRUCTOR
Sarah Pringle

DATE(S)
TBA

Description
This intermediate level course is suitable for those interested in developing skills and methods for surface and color work on the gilt surface utilizing patina, embellishing and toning techniques for water gilded finishes. You will receive six days of hands-on instruction in the practice of traditional water gilding, with an emphasis on consistent application of gesso, bole and gold leaf in preparation for further embellishment of the finish. It is said that this is where gilding begins.

You will make samples in various techniques of double gilding, burnishing, punch work, scribing, distressing, lifting the gild, patina, matage and toning. This is an opportunity to practice handling materials and to deepen your understanding of the nuanced use of materials to prepare, water gild, patina and embellish panels of various sizes, mock-up furniture samples and story boards on a variety of substrates. Materials, supply and resource lists, recipes, a bibliography, and supplemental material are provided.

Skills Covered
Applying gesso and bole
Leveling gesso and bole surfaces
Marking up
Handling and cutting loose leaf
Laying loose/surface leaf
Double gilding
Skewing /polishing
Burnishing, punch work, scribing, distressing, patina, matage and toning
Estimating time and materials to create a proposal
Prerequisite
Experience with the preparation and use of traditional gesso and bole as well as experience handling loose leaf. Water Gilding: Foundation Study, Introduction to Traditional Materials & Techniques is encouraged but not mandatory.
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