Learn about and develop a deeper understanding of the heritage crafts used in western art for centuries, including paintings and architectural interiors, churches and historic houses.
On this course we will cover a wide range of restoration skills, including gilding, japanning, varnishing, French polishing and egg tempera painting. Suitable for beginners, as well as those with some experience, this practical course will guide you through the materials, processes and techniques of a range of traditional craft skills.
The gilding will focus on water gilding, but oil gilding and verre eglomisé (gilding on glass) will also be covered. Japanning and varnishing will look at the traditions of Chinoiserie decoration and the historic resins and varnishes that were used, in addition to modern materials. French polishing will look at the traditional methods to apply a beautiful shellac finish to wooden furniture using a polishing ‘rubber’ or ‘mouse’. Use of egg tempera will visit the methods and materials of medieval panel paintings and look at modern takes on this venerable painting technique.
The course will appeal to anyone who has an interest in historic craft skills and their application. Don’t worry if you have never picked up a paintbrush before, you will gain new skills on the course. Equally the course will appeal to those with some grounding in craft but who need to hone their skills or branch out with new ones. The course will be of particular interest to those in the heritage and conservation/restoration industries, in addition, interior decorators and fine artists looking to diversify and increase their earning potential will find the course useful. The course should also appeal to those pursuing entirely different careers who wish to get hands-on for a few days by way of a change.
|Course dates||9 January to 06 February 2020|
|Length||One day a week over five weeks|
|Day and time||Thursday, 10.30am to 4.30pm|
|Maximum class size||12|
A 20% discount is available for:
If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.
Materials are included in the course fees.
Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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