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Introduction to Gilding

September 13, 10:00 AM - September 15, 3:00 PM


This workshop is an introduction to gilding with metal leaf – gold/ imitation gold/variegated leaf/ copper and aluminum – it’s a materials and methods mini-course instructing in the use of the easier, oil-size method as well as the more complicated, but dazzling, water-gilding. You will learn how to prepare surfaces, make gesso, apply metal leaf, and burnish to illuminate the gold. Traditional formulas and practices will be the foundation of our contemporary application. A weekend of great fun and skill-building.

Registration fee includes a basic kit for the workshop, which includes some basic metal leaf. Gold leaf will be available to purchase by the sheet during class.


with Kris Engman
September 13 – 15
Friday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$175 (general) / $157.50 (members)
Age 18+

Members receive class discounts! Check out our membership program here.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: In her work, Kris Engman explores various subjects, materials and genres as a painter of the Maine landscape. Most recently, she has exhibited at the Arden Gallery in Boston, the Schmidtberger Fine Arts Gallery in Pennsylvania, The Geras Tousignant Gallery in San Francisco and the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth. Kris received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from the Maine College of Art. Although Engman’s artistic focus was as a sculptor for twenty-five years, for more than 15 years, she has painted the Maine landscape and worked from, what she defines as, ‘the ‘simplest of still lifes’.  From her Belfast studio, she teaches workshops in collaboration with Waterfall Arts in Color Theory at all levels and Basic Drawing.

Register by filling out the form below or calling the office at (207) 338-2222. Enroll early to ensure a spot! Partial scholarships are available. Find out more about our scholarship program here.
NOTE: You will receive confirmation when you have successfully submitted the registration form. Your registration is not complete until payment has been received. Please try to register no later than one week prior to the first meeting of the class. All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of a class running and of your slot in it! Minimum enrollment for this class must be met by September 6 in order for it to run.


September 13, 10:00 AM
September 15, 3:00 PM
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Waterfall Arts Belfast
256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
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(207) 338-2222