Co-sponsored by Eastern Mass. Guild of Woodworkers Restore antique gilded picture and mirror frames with genuine gold leaf, using traditional water and oil gilding methods. Learn to make gilder’s gesso and bole, create molds to replace missing ornaments, repair damaged gesso and tone gold leaf repairs. Bring an object to restore. This class is offered in Fall term only
Nancy Dick-Atkinson has specialized in restoration of gold-leafed objects for over three decades. She has taught at the Eliot School for over 20 years, and has also taught in the Continuing Education Dept. at Rhode Island School of Design and at the Art Institute of Boston. She apprenticed with master gilder Nils Johnson. She holds a BS in Art Education from the State College of New York at Buffalo and an MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art.
“I love teaching because I am still learning new things myself, and a lot of what I learn is because of my students. They can ask some very penetrating questions that force me to examine my own long held techniques and ways of doing things. I meet people from other disciplines and they have ideas and make suggestions about materials, tools and techniques that I may have never thought of. Teaching can be a very collaborative experience. I value and look forward to it.”
Gilding and Frame Restoration
Materials & Tools:
All materials provided in class except for tools and gold leaf