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Gilding & Frame Restoration 1M23

Age Group: 
Teens (17+), Adults

Give new life to vintage and antique pieces with the rarified practice of traditional gilding.

In this class, you'll learn how to 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 to the first class.

Instructor will provide gilding tools for use during class. 

*No Class on Monday, September 25th, Monday, October 9, 2023 or October 16th.

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Nancy Dick-Atkinson

Nancy Dick-Atkinson

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 to bring to class:

$20 materials fee paid to instructor for gilding supplies (whiting, adhesive, paste wax, etc.).

Students may purchase gold leaf and personal tools after first class session; Johnson Paint is recommended.