Workshops & Lectures

Traditional Water Gilding
& An Introduction to Gold Leaf Restoration

April 9-13, 2018 ~ Georgian Bay Art Conservation

“This Spring I will be returning to the hometown of my Grandfather and namesake who had helped gild Radio City Music Hall and The Roxy Theatre in New York back in the 1930’s. A special thank you to Art Conservator Amber Harwood of Georgian Bay Art Conservation in Owen Sound, Ontario for opening her studio and inviting me to present a full week of gilding classes! Traditional Water Gilding will be the focus during this week as we explore each step of the process, from preparing rabbit skin glue and gesso to laying genuine 23kt gold leaf and learning basic toning techniques. Followed will be a two-day study of gold leaf restoration, a serious but enjoyable adventure of facing the challenges of restoring gilded surfaces such as frames and furniture. Topics include: Gesso-filling, making simple moulds and ornaments, and in-gilding. Registration is now open at gildingstudio.com or join The Gilding Arts Newsletter and receive the 10% Member Discount!” ~ Charles Douglas

April 9th-13th, 2018

Georgian Bay Art Conservation
1735 4th Avenue West, Studio 18
Owen Sound, Ontario

April 9th-11th 2018: 3-Day Introduction to Traditional Water Gilding:
A hands-on study of this extraordinary method of gilding wood. Learn the traditional method of preparing and applying rabbit-skin glue gesso and clay bole grounds, applying 23kt gold leaf, burnishing, and toning. Participants will receive recipe handouts and complete a small project to take home!

April 12th-13th 2018: 2-Day Introduction to Gold Leaf Restoration:
A two-day intensive study introducing students to the basic elements of restoring gold leaf gilded frames, furniture and decorative objects. We will explore the differences between water and oil gilding; determining genuine gold and silver leaf, brass and aluminum, and bronze powders; create simple moulds and castings for ornament repair; gesso putty for repairs; in-gilding and blending for restorative leafing.

All levels, including beginners, are welcome! Classes are suitable for fine artists, picture framers, furniture makers, art conservators, and those who simply want to explore a hands-on approach to this beautiful and mysterious centuries-old art form. All materials provided with class projects to take home.

Only 12 spaces available so register early!
Visit www.gildingstudio.com to reserve your spot for this rare and exciting opportunity! Sign up for the Gilding Arts Newsletter to receive a 10% discount!

Gilding Class Tuition 3-Day Traditional Water Gilding:
General Tuition: $750.00 USD
Newsletter Tuition Rate: $675.00 USD (10% Member Discount)

2-Day Gold Leaf Restoration:
General Tuition: $525.00 USD
Newsletter Tuition Rate: $475.00 USD (10% Member Discount)

Special Week-long Event Rate:
General Tuition: $1,150.00 USD
Newsletter Tuition Rate: $1,050.00 USD (10% Member Discount)

*All materials, gold leaf, and use of tools are included


Charles Douglas is a traditional gilder in private practice in the Pacific Northwest, specializing in custom gilding and the restoration of gold leaf gilded frames, furniture, architectural, and sacred gilded objects. Located along the northern tip of Lake Union (Seattle, Washington) in the Gasworks Gallery building, Charles’ focus is on contemporary and period-influenced gilded picture and mirror frames, furniture, and glass gilded mirrors based on the beautiful gilding art form of verre églomisé. His diverse selection of projects extends from luxury yacht interiors and residences to liturgical gilding and altars. A long-time member of the Society of Gilders and former editor of the society’s International Gilding Journal, Charles is a committed teacher of the gilding arts and offers classes in a variety of gold leaf gilding methods and techniques in Seattle, New York, Kentucky, and Owen Sound, Ontario.