Suitable for both beginners and professionals, this course will teach you the decorative art of japanning and oil finishing. You'll learn how to prepare grounds for applying lacquer, build up coloured layers, lay decoration and polish the surface of your work to a late seventeenth-century European recipe. You'll also experiment with a range of traditional oil finishes suitable for use on fine timber.
This short course aims to give both beginners and those within the profession the opportunity to get hands-on with paint and varnish, refine skills and understand the material and historic context of japanned and varnished surfaces. You'll gain an understanding of fundamental principles of the lacquering process and its development in Europe since the seventeenth century.
The areas covered by the course include:
This course is taught by Alex Schouvaloff.
The course is suitable for those with careers in conservation or the arts who wish to understand the principles, history and process of japanning surfaces. This includes professionals and volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage.
"I loved this course. Alex was a fascinating tutor with wonderful insights into the process. I will absolutely be coming back."
"The tutor, Alex, was brilliant: very engaging, informative and helpful. We covered a lot."
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:
|Course dates||Spring dates coming soon!|
|Length||One evening a week for eight sessions|
|Day and time||Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm|
|Maximum class size||12|
A 20% discount is available for:
If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.
The course fees include the cost of materials.
Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.
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.
Please select when you would like to start: