Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Louis XIV: The man and the King...Exhibition at Chateau de Versailles

A first-time major exhibition dedicated to Louis XIV, the Sun King, to be shown at the Palace of Versailles October 20, 2009 to February 7, 2010. It is during the reign of Louis XIV that the practice of gold leaf gilding, most noteably water gilding, was refined to its most exquisite level. It is the period that many gilders and those who appreciate the gilding arts today refer to as the pinnacle of gilding, a place in time to aspire to.

For further reading concerning this exhibition and amazing period in both French and gilding history, visit the Chateau de Versailles website.

Upcoming Fall Traditional Water Gilding Workshop in Seattle: November 6, 7, 8, 2009. Visit www.gildingstudio.com for details and Registration.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Gold Leaf Gilding Workshop

November 6, 7, 8, 2009
Washington State Convention Center

An Introduction to Traditional Water Gilding

This popular intensive workshop has been expanded to a 3-day course of study, introducing the student to the traditional method of water gilding. Students are guided through each of the steps including preparation of gesso and clay bole grounds, laying of genuine 23k gold leaf, burnishing, and toning. The oil gilding method will also be discussed as well as an overview of patination principles.

Handouts, including recipes, a bibliography of educational materials, and a supplier list will be provided. Each student will gild his or her own picture frame to take home. Traditional water gilding is designed for use on wood and may be used for such objects as frames, furniture, and architectural elements.

Workshop Fee: $650.00: includes a book of 23k gold leaf, materials, use of all gilding tools, a frame to gild and take home, and entrance to the nearby Seattle Art Museum for the class trip to view the Italian gilded frame collection
Register Early - Space is limited to 12 students per Session.

TO REGISTER: Visit: the Gold Leaf Gilding Classes section at www.gildingstudio.com
Gilding classes are held periodically throughout the year. Information concerning workshops and their locations are announced through this website. Please feel free to call or write if you have further questions or wish to inquire about the status of a particular workshop, to explore private instruction or to ask about arrangements for conducting a gilding workshop in your area.