Artistic Alchemy: Oil Gilding with Chemical Patination – B. Corey Johnson – PR

Dates: August 8,9 – This is 2 day class
Class Price: $472.00
Minimum 4 Student
Max. 12 Students

About the class:

Unleash your inner alchemist in this 2-day metal leaf gilding workshop. Explore creative application techniques and experiment with chemicals to achieve stunning effects on copper, brass, and silver leaf. This class is perfect for gilders of all levels seeking to push the boundaries of traditional gilding.

This two-day class will explore breaking away from the restraints of traditional oil-gilding. Students will gild multiple sample panels with copper, brass (Dutch metal), and silver leaf, and explore how they are affected by different chemicals. There will be a demonstration of creative leaf application techniques as well as a variety of techniques for applying the chemicals to achieve stunning visual effects. Required supply kits cost $65 and will include leaf, chemicals and panels needed for this class. Some of these chemicals can have a strong odor and may stain clothing. It is recommended you bring gloves and an apron, as well as a respirator if you are sensitive to strong smells such as sulfur. Personal gilding tools are not required, but if you have some you would prefer to use, please feel free to bring. Students are encouraged to have fun, experiment, break a few rules, and hopefully leave with a broadened perspective on what can be done with gilding.

Early registration ends June 14! After registration is complete you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access all conference classes.


Materials included in price:

– 12 Sample boards (6″ x 12″)
– 1 book each: Brass, copper, silver leaf
– 25g Sulfurated potash
– 25g Sodium sulfide
– 25g Cubic nitrate

Please contact instructor for details

About the teacher:

South Florida artist B. Corey Johnson has been a member of the Society of Gilders since 2008. Since then, he has restored and produced countless hand-made gilded frames through his gilding studio. He has completed gilding projects for The Society of The Four Arts in Palm Beach, Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, as well as a multi-year restoration project with the SOG at St. Alphonsus Cathedral in New Orleans.

Johnson has taken his 20+ years of gilding expertise to create one-of-a-kind pieces using only layers of gold and metal leaf and chemical patinas, eliminating the need for paints or pigments. His goal as an artist is to redefine gilding as an art medium unto itself.

Johnson’s artwork has been on exhibit at Monmouth Museum’s 50th “Golden” anniversary in New Jersey. He has also received numerous awards, including first place in mixed media for two consecutive years at ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival in Jupiter, Florida. His artwork is currently on display at Russeck Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida.