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Summer 2022: Gilding Techniques

Venue: Dulwich College, London

Dates: This workshop ran for five days from Monday 8th August 2022 until Friday 12th  August 2022.

Workshop Information Outline

Come and join this fascinating, five-day introductory workshop exploring the traditional method of applying real gold leaf (small thin sheets) to a wooden surface, in this case, a small wooden frame.  The course will go through the many steps of creating a smooth surface on the wooden frame via the application of ground chalk in glue, then clay layers on which the gold leaf is then laid using a water or oil-based method.  Simple techniques giving different finishes, that are often seen on antique frames and furniture, will also be applied to a small sample board, and then gilded.  Gilding on glass will also be looked at, time permitting, with a chance to either decorate, in gold, a glass tumbler or a plain glass sheet to fit into the frame.  The workshop also hopes to visit the well-known and nearby Dulwich Picture Gallery to see some beautiful gilded antique frames in situ.

Jane Wallis is an ICON accredited freelance conservator specialising in decorative surfaces.  This includes gilded, painted and oriental lacquered surfaces on furniture and works of art. Prior to her freelance career, Jane was employed at the Royal Collection Trust as a conservator for 15 years following her degree in Conservation and Restoration at the City and Guilds of London Art School, in 2005.



This workshop will run daily from 10am – 4:30pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: Art, Design, Conservation, Fine Art, Illustration, Marbling and Bookbinding (to name a few)


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 14 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 12 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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