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We have two in-person Gilding courses that we teach in our studio in Florence; Introduction to Water Gilding and Advanced Water Gilding. Both of these courses are taught by Alison Woolley. Alison is a a master artisan recognised by the region of Tuscany. She has over 20 years experience teaching decorative arts and specialises in water gilding. 

Please see details for each course below. If you would like to book in for one of the courses, please complete our Course Enquiry Form 


Courses are scheduled depending on demand. If a course has been scheduled, exact dates can be found in the table below the course.  


There are many hotels, apartments and bed and breakfast options for your stay in Florence. The studio is very centrally located and any accommodation in the historical centre of Florence is within walking distance of the studio. Please contact us if you would like recommendations on where to stay during your course. 


Courses are usually held over three to five days. Particular durations will be stated once a course is scheduled.


All in-person courses take place in our studio in Florence:

Via della Scala 11 (near Piazza Santo Maria Novella)

Third Floor 

50123 Firenze


We also hold retreat courses in which students stay and learn in different beautiful locations around Italy.


Alison Wooley teaches all courses. Alison is the owner of the FlorenceArt.Net studio and has been teaching for over 20 years. Please see the About page for more information about Alison


To register for a course, please complete the Course Enquiry Form to confirm its availability. We will then contact you to complete registration. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us



Course participants learn the basics of water gilding with 22 karat leaf, dutch metal leaf, and silver leaf. The course also covers the use of gold size, and decorative techniques involving the finishing, oxidizing, toning and antiquing of gilded surfaces. 


• learn how to use traditional gilding tools.

• teachers pass on tried and true methods to obtain beautifully gilded surfaces.


The course take place within our artisan studio where we gild and finish fine furniture and restore antiques so that students can observe and learn from their surroundings as well as from the teaching.


Project pieces to take home are small frames and trays which are provided by the studio. All other course materials are provided for the duration of the course.


Course Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of traditional water gilding the historically correct Florentine way.

  • Save yourself many hours of experimentation by studying with an expert on gilding and restoration.

Course Level:

This course is suitable for all those who want to learn or refresh the fundamentals of water gilding, particularly those who have no experience with gilding.