GILDING COURSES & DETAILS
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 agriturismo options for your stay in Tuscany. The studio is located in the picturesque setting of the Santuario del Carmine near Anghiari. You will need a car to get there, or ask us about taxi services from Anghiari. 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 near Anghiari:
Località il Carmine
Anghiari (AR) 52031
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
INTRODUCTION TO WATER GILDING
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.
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.
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.
COURSE DATES AND FEES
Introduction to Water Gilding
Learn the basics of water gilding with 22 karat leaf, dutch metal leaf, and silver leaf.
FlorenceArt.Net Studio, Carmine Anghiari
ADVANCED WATER GILDING
Course participants further their knowledge of the techniques of Italian water gilding with gold and silver leaf. Students who wish to enroll in this course will likely have some previous experience with water gilding, or have taken the introductory course. Students will learn the following techniques:
• antiquing and application of patina
• oxidation of silver leaf
• restoration of pastiglia on frames
Students will deepen their knowledge of water gilding techniques with specific emphasis on decorative techniques and restoration. The teacher, Alison Woolley, is a qualified gilder with many years of practical experience. She will be available to guide you past many pitfalls with teach you techniques that are tried and true. The skills learned are useful in the field of antique restoration, or can be employed in the creation of high quality original frames or art panels.
This course is best suited for people who have some experience with gilding in the past.