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Water Gilding

Skill Level: All

Friday, April 21 & Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members: $475 | Non-Members: $525


Come to a once in a lifetime workshop with master craftsman and nationally acclaimed artist Alan Shuptrine!

Shuptrine is known for his master craftsmanship in fine framing, carving, sgraffito designs, and gilding with gold leaf. The lost art of water gilding is an ancient technique, perfected over hundreds of years. Learn the historical background of this lost art of water gilding and discuss the art of the frame by taking a tour through the museum’s collection and viewing frames on display. Then head to the Museum Academy studios and learn water gilding with 22 kt. genuine gold leaf. The application of gold leaf will be covered in depth, and students will practice their skills of laying leaf, as well as techniques of burnishing, patination, and sgraffito etching into the gilded surface. At the end of the class, students will leave with their own water gilded and finished frame.

Alan Shuptrine is also recognized as a nationally renowned for his sensitive and detailed paintings in watercolor and oil.

His accomplishments in master craftsmanship with gold leaf are in museums nationwide. For over 35 years, Shuptrine has honed and perfected his craft through countless hours of hands-on experience. Working with over 50 museums nationwide, including the Huntsville Museum, his paintings, handcrafted, custom water gilded fine art frames, and restorations and conservation of gilded period pieces can be found in private and corporate collections, museums, and historical institutions. For more information, visit alanshuptrine.com.

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