The Society of Gilders Education Program offers professional learning opportunities for those interested in the gilding arts ranging in skill level from experienced professional to novice gilder. Instructors are experienced professional gilders who actively work in their fields of expertise. Classes are designed for specific techniques and are structured in the style of demonstration and practical application working with appropriate tools and materials for the techniques being taught.
The Society offers four levels of education:
- Standards Seminars: Intensive Study for Professionals (link to Standards Seminars description below)
- The Museum of the Gilding Arts Study Program: Introductory Classes (link to Introductory Classes description below)
- Conferences: Classes, Lectures and Community Project Volunteer Opportunity (link to Conference description below)
- Private Classes: Customized Classes for Individuals or Small Groups (link to private classes description below)
Standards Seminars: Intensive Study for Professionals
Intensive classes are geared to professional gilders and artisans, though some courses are suitable for those new to gilding. Standards Seminars include courses in the techniques of Mordant Gilding, Traditional Water Gilding, Frame Carving, Ornament Restoration, Mold Making, Antiquing and Toning, Pastiglia, Sgraffito, Manuscript Gilding, Illumination, Verre Églomisé, Sign Painting among others. To allow for the most beneficial learning experience class size is limited to 4 to 8 students. Classes are offered according to demand at locations in the United States. (Current class offerings - link)
The Museum of the Gilding Arts Study Program: Introductory Classes
Introductory classes in Mordant Gilding and Traditional Water Gilding will be offered. Museum details soon to come. Museum of the Gilding Arts (MOGA)
Conferences: Classes, Lectures and Community Project Volunteer Opportunities
Conferences, which usually occur every other year, offer a community venue for members and non members to gather and engage in the gilding arts community. Activities include a broad spectrum of classes, professional lectures and often an informal volunteer opportunity to participate in a gilding project at the conference location.
Private Classes: Customized Classes for Individuals
If an individual would like to be involved in a class opportunity directly with a teacher for a specific technique, private classes can be arranged.