for search engine users: another term for gilding is gold leafing.
Guilding is a misspelled version of the same word, it is common but
Italian Artisan Workshop Courses
Workshops with accomplished professionals in the artisan and restoration fields in Florence, Italy.
Florenceart Studio Courses: A
Source of Historical Knowledge and Up-to-Date Skills
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About our courses
We offer a range of courses designed to effectively teach
the skills of decorative painting, decoration of furniture and
interiors, gilding, wall finishes and plaster applications,
trompe l'oeil painting and the restoration of historical
Artisans who teach for the Florenceart Studio-school are
contemporary masters of their craft, chosen for their ability to
transmit their knowledge effectively. The uniquely Italian
nature of their knowledge and techniques is part of a precious
tradition that we are proud to be able to share with an
international audience of course participants. Course
participants leave with a certificate from the school attesting
to the level of course and hours of attendance. Students
certified by Florenceart.net studio school can expect to use the
skills acquired to enter into new areas of high-end decorative
work and restoration.
Florenceart.net courses are held in Florence and Tuscany so that
you can benefit from the immense wealth of inspiration this area
has to offer. It is the cradle of the Renaissance, and the city
of Florence today offers the highest concentration of important
art and architecture in the western world. In fact, the historic
Centre of Florence has been named a
UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
We are a studio based in Florence, firmly rooted in the
Florentine traditional and in the artisan community here. The
owner of the studio is Alison Woolley, a Scottish born, ex-pat
Canadian with more than 20 years experience living and working
as a decorative artist in Florence. This combination allows
Florenceart.net to offer you real interaction with Italian
master artisans and their techniques, while facilitating your
stay and responding to your need to feel at "home away from
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-Create beautifully authentic paint, plaster and leafed finishes
using secrets passed down for generations from master craftspeople.
-Increase your appreciation and understanding of how historical
artworks are constructed.
-Enjoy the beauty and rich atmosphere of Florence from an insiderís
point of view.
-Acquire an understanding of restoration and the process of
evaluating genuine antiques.
For Beginners: Learn to create painted and decorative effects
that you never thought you could in the city that gave birth to the
decorative arts. We give step by step instructions, recipes, and
make sample frames and panels. Art lovers and visitors to Florence
say that the 'hands on' sessions in the workshop led them to a whole
new appreciation of the works of art in the museums.
For advanced students: These courses are for immersing
yourself in Italian quality, style and craftsmanship. As
professionals you can add some exciting and very genuine quality
finishes to your portfolio. We offer you Italian techniques and ways
of improving your work, always with an eye on an efficient use of
time and a level of quality that will set you apart. Advanced
students get a hands on experience with antique pieces from various
museums and churches (including the Uffizi) currently undergoing
restoration in our lab.
These courses are a unique learning opportunity for faux and trompe
l'oeil painters, interior designers, antique restorers, crafts
people, art connoisseurs and enthusiasts. Decorative Painters and
Finishers can explore Italian renaissance finishes and stock up on
inspiration right here in Florence where it all started. Students
explore the historical aspects of Italian arts and crafts and gain
an understanding of the high quality materials and craftsmanship
involved in the production of them.
'What an incredible week. All of you are so talented- and
now we are too! Thank you for all your patience and time.
After taking many classes I can say this one tops them!'
decorative painter and faux finisher
'This has been the best course I have been on in 25 years.
The information I have learned has been very valuable as
well as the friendship with everybody on the course.'
decorative design business owner
'Unbelievable how rich we came out of this week long course
on gilding! Thanks to your vast knowledge and loving
approach we will never forget, like sculpted in time as your
great scultpors did. Thank you very much. E bellisimo.'
Nimrod Koren and Shimon Ben Shabat
frame artisans, Tel Aviv, Israel
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