I’m delighted to announce that I will be teaching a gilding workshop at the Wallace Collection, London this September, aligned with the beautiful Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King exhibition.

Learn how to design and gild your own glowing illustration, inspired by the motifs seen in the Ranjit Singh exhibition. You’ll investigate sumptuous paintings and metalwork and be guided in creating your own intricate artwork using imitation gold leaf.

Suitable for beginners with an eye for detail, as well as those who would like to develop their flat gilding technique further, you’ll spend an enjoyable weekend learning a new decorative technique to use in your future illustration projects.

Course Overview

We’ll start our weekend by visiting the Ranjit Singh exhibition for inspiration, before returning to the studio for a flat gilding demonstration with imitation gold leaf, inspired by ornate Indian metalwork. To gain confidence with the gilding process, you’ll create some small test pieces, before moving on to designing a more complex illustration to work up on Sunday.

Having sketched out the details of your final design, you’ll spend the second day applying imitation gold leaf to your illustration. I’ll be on hand all day to help you develop your own personal approach and refine your gilding technique. During the afternoon, we will also discuss how to enhance your artwork with decorative patterns using fine embossing tools. 

This masterclass will take place in the Learning Studio, Lower Ground Floor at the museum. It includes access to the Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King exhibition during the event. It’s suitable for beginners and all materials are included.

If you’d like to join me at this gorgeous museum for a memorable weekend of gilding inspiration, head over to the Wallace Collection website to book your ticket. As places are limited, if you’re keen to attend it’s best to book early.

For convenience, I’ve added the course details below and a link to The Wallace Collection workshop page for more information and booking, in the title above.

Hope to see you there! 

Gilded Illustration Masterclass

Dates: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2024
Times: 10.30am–4.30pm
Location: The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London
Level: This course is designed as an introduction to the subject. 
Class size: Maximum 16 participants
Please see the Wallace Collection link above for prices (concessions available)
Photo of several gilded artworks for a gilded illustration masterclass at The Wallace Collection. Gold leaf on black paper inspired by decorative Indian metalwork, the sun, a bird, a tiger and decorative patterns. © Ruth Rowland Lettering Artist & Illustrator

Gilded Illustration Masterclass at The Wallace Collection, London

If you'd like to see details of one of my past gilding workshops, take a look at my Decorative Capital Letters Masterclass at The British Library, or to see more of my decorative gilded artwork, click through to my collection of Gilded Capital Letters. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss commissioning me to teach a workshop for your organisation or college.

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