Regional classes are offered by

Society of Gilders teachers

Upcoming SOG classes:

Glass Gilding Workshop in Los Angeles
Taught by Leah Beth Fishman at Easy Leaf, Los Angeles
Class runs Feb 1-2, 2018
Registration deadline is January 29, 2018
though best to sign up now.
A 2-day hands-on workshop devoted to the art of reverse glass gilding. Students will learn the history of verre églomisé and sign gilding, fundamentals of various forms of gilding and gold leaf in general, different types of glass gilding as well as industry-specific tools, tips, and tricks of the trade. 


Gilding for Painters

Taught by Lynne Rutter at Lynne Rutter Studio, San Francisco
Class runs March 30-31, 2018
Registration deadline is March 30, 2018
though best to sign up now.
In this two-day workshop, learn practical uses of gilding for flat and painted surfaces: as a finish itself, as a rich background for artwork, and as an accent to painted ornament. Using different types of metal leaf including genuine gold, composition leaf, aluminum, copper, and various applications methods, participants will create their own set of gilding samples in hands-on practice. 
Emphasis will be given to proper preparation, finishing techniques and decorative uses, as well as appropriate and effective choices of materials both traditional and modern.
Sign up on our Education Page


Recent offerings include:

  • Water Gilding taught by Peter Miller out of his studio in Berryville, Virginia
  • Glass Gilded Signage (Verre Églomisé) taught by Sandra Spannan out of her studio in Harlem





Stay up to date on upcoming classes here and by email. These will include a workshop in May 2018, in Pontiac, IL. Private classes may be arranged: please contact

Education - classes page

Looking back to a successful 2017 conference in

Arlington, TX

Images from Arlington, TX. From top: Bruno Toupry, SOG réparure instructor, and student, John Felton, at work; Michael Gilbert's toning and patinas class; verre églomisé instructor Sandra Spannan demonstrates painting techniques; Drawing instructor Aline Putot shows off her edge-gilded books made in Samuel Feinstein's class; Michael Gilbert and Elisabeth Caron share a laugh; SOG treasurer Jorge Jiminez, shown with Stuart Galloway, beside one of the products of our Community Project - a gilded altar for a non-denominational University of Texas, Arlington, hospital chapel.


Welcome to the Society of Gilders official website

The Society of Gilders is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the art and craft of gilding. Our mission is to preserve traditional gilding skills and techniques, and to promote the highest standards in the practice of gilding.

Our members use gilding in all its applications, including architecture, fine art, framing, signage, and manuscript illumination.  The organization is a valuable resource for gilders, restorers, conservators, craftsmen, and all those interested in the gilding arts. Our classes and conferences bring gilders together from around the globe to learn, discuss and share. Our community projects give back to the community while fostering gilding skills.




Society of Gilders Members Get Their Kicks in Pontiac, IL, at the  grand opening of the Museum of the Gilding Arts, 2015


Find out more about the museum here . View pictures from our 2015 Chicago "Wind-y City" conference and Museum of the Gilding Arts (MOGA) day-trip at Dropbox. 

Museum of the Gilding Arts Featured in the Bloomington Pantograph and a travel site