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Gilding for Beginners (short course)

Why study this course?

This eight-week evening course provides an introduction to the decorative art of gilding, the application of metal leaf such as gold to solid surfaces. This course is suitable for beginners or for those who would like to refresh or develop existing skills. You will be taught by a specialist in restoration and conservation practice, Professor Alex Schouvaloff.


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This course introduces you to the gilding process, the nature and production of metal leaf and gilding tools and how to choose the right tools and materials for the job. It includes hands-on workshops so you can explore the key materials and techniques, from gesso ground, use of bole, practical water to oil gilding and burnishing.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • identify and choose appropriate leaf metal for the gilding of surfaces
  • prepare a suitable ground for oil or water gilding on wooden substrates
  • effectively use the tools of the gilders trade to produce a gilded artefact using gold, silver or Dutch metal leaf

No previous experience is necessary.

This course will appeal to anyone involved in the preservation of gilded artefacts or of architectural interiors as well as those who wish to use gilding techniques in the production of their art or craft work. These might include professionals and volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage.

"Brilliant course, excellent teacher."

"The course was very professionally undertaken by a very experienced teacher whose teaching was highly informative and interesting."

"The atmosphere during the lessons was very relaxing. Professor Alexander Schouvaloff is an excellent teacher and made us feel at ease."

Course dates 25 January to 15 March 2018
Length One evening a week for eight sessions
Day and time Thursday, 6pm to 8.30pm
Maximum class size 12
Contact hours 20

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

Basic material costs are included in the course fees. Specialist materials are also available at an additional cost should they be required.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

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When to apply

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