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Florentine Gilding Techniques

3 Day workshop| August 24-26, 2017 | With Special Guest Instructor: Alison Woolley

This three-day workshop focuses on decorating wooden panels and mouldings using time-honored Italian gilding techniques. Learn to gild wooden furniture and frames, as well as architectural elements for interiors; create lovely rich works of art and accessories using gold and silver leaf, paint, and Florentine methods. Open to all levels: participants may choose their projects according to their level of experience.

  • Proper preparation of wooden and plaster grounds: both historical and modern techniques.
  • Understanding the materials and tools used in traditional gilding
  • Florentine methods for water gilding and mordant gilding
  • decorative techniques for gilded surfaces such as punch work, incising, sgraffito, and tempera painting.
  • popular European painted finishes such as decapé (French country), Gustavian, and Crème peint.
  • Combine this class with Renaissance Finishes+Contemporary Design for a more comprehensive course in surface decoration and finishing.

    Class Fee

    $950 Includes: Wooden mouldings, border patterns, 1 book 22k gold, Italian frame, detailed notes, and project materials for use in class, gesso, bole, paint, etc.


    Lynne Rutter Studio | 2325 3rd St. #207, San Francisco, CA 94107 (MAP)

    Class hours:

    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


  • reservation fee: $300
    • To reserve a place in this class, send a check for the deposit ($300) to Lynne Rutter at the above address.
    • Please include your email and phone number so we may confirm your reservation.
    • You may use the blue PayPal button below to reserve on-line.
    • Installment of $350. will be due on or before July 10, 2017 to confirm your space in class.
    • Class fees will not be refundable after July 10, 2017
    • Remaining class fee ($300) will be due on or before the first day of class.
    Florentine Gilding with Alison Woolley

    Special! This class is followed by Renaissance Finishes for Contemporary Design. Take both sessions as a course for $1800, a savings of $100. Contact the studio for details.

  • WELCOME to the workshop page!

    Lynne Rutter Studio occasionally hosts decorative painting and mural classes and specialized workshops on the finer points of decorative art, gilding, and finishing, taught hands-on by established, practicing artists in a spacious, working atelier. Classes emphasize traditional techniques and materials and practical methods.

    Contact the studio with questions, or to be added to the email list.

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    "What a great, immersive experience, to learn something- really learn something I can use- in such a wonderful space... "

    "Thank you Lynne! I loved everything about this class- the work, your generous teaching and humor, the magnificent studio space, and the great food! Please let me know as soon as you schedule another class!"

    "I just finished an entire 10 by 12 foot cloud ceiling in a little over one day all by myself. It came out awesome and I have you to thank for teaching me how to paint clouds so easily. I amazed myself and my client."

    "This is what I want to do and you have totally encouraged me to do it. I didn't want to leave your studio, I had to much fun..."

    "Of course I wear a tiara while I am painting. Doesn't everyone?"

    "Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us. I haven't been so inspired in so long! Looking forward to more classes. "