Gilding Classes from The Gilding Studio

Professional Gilding Classes by one of the industry's most respected Master Gilders - Charles Douglas.

The GildedPlanet.com is excited to partner with Charles Douglas from The Gilding Studio to provide you with the highest quality, hands on training for the gilding arts. These exciting classes and weekend seminars provide you with basic to advanced techniques and principles for a variety of gilding applications. Whether you're an interior designer, architect, professional gilder, artisan or someone simply interested in this ancient craft, you'll find the classes offered by the Gilding Studio a must-do resource for all your gilding needs.

Charles is a committed teacher of the gilding arts and offers classes in a variety of gold leaf gilding methods and techniques in Seattle and New York.

About our Gilding classes
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Gilding Classes

Each class is designed to specifically address different substrates, including objects, furniture and picture frames. Traditional techniques, including historical overview, are paired with contemporary processes. You'll learn proper terminology, dive into materials and various uses depending on your project. You'll also have first hand troubleshooting and problem solving experience directly with Master Gilder Charles Douglas. Each course is paired with a full materials list, a one stop location for all your course supplies. For attendees of each course, GildedPlanet offers a special materials discount. Purchase the whole materials package at a reduced 'kit' pricing, or individual products to expand your current tool kit.

Review our course offering below and embark on a path to creativity incorporating the wondrous world of the Gilding Arts!


Contact Us

Gilding classes are held periodically throughout the year. Please feel free to call or write if you have 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.


Class One
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Traditional Water Gilding

Ancient and traditional method of applying gold leaf to complex and sculptural wood surfaces using true gesso, clay bole, rabbit skin glues, and agate burnishing tools. Produces a beautiful mirror shine. Traditional Water Gilding is one of the true 'foundational' gilding techniques that most contemporary processes build upon. It is this technique that the masters of old used to create many of the gilded panels, objects, and furniture that are housed in museums worldwide.

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Class Two
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Verre Églomisé

Glass GIlding. The use of gold or silver leaf on glass goes back to early Roman times and was a popular technique used for Looking Glass Mirrors during eighteenth and nineteenth century England.

Verre Églomisé, the practice of reverse gilding and etched painting on glass incorporating gold and silver leaf, is the foundation for the gilded mirrors offered by Charles Douglas in his Seattle gilding studio.

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Class Three
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Gold Leaf Gilding for Works of Art...a Study for Fine Artists

A day of discovery for options and techniques for the use of genuine gold leaf in your works of art on canvas, paper, and panels.

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Class Four
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Toning Gilded Frames & Furniture

Explore various methods for patinating and antiquing gilded finishes.

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Class Five
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The Art of Crackle Gesso

Reminiscent of 13thc Italian Gilded Panels

An excellent compliment to the Traditional Water Gilding Class

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Class Six
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Introduction to Oil Gilding

Gilding the Buddah: An Introduction to Oil Gilding

Learn the basics to successful oil gilding techniques for objects, furniture and piture frames. This hands-on session will set the foundation for oil gilding in metal and genuine leaf.

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