Become an Approved SOG Teacher and FAQ’s

  • Approved SOG Teachers must be members in good standing with the Society of Gilding.
  • Approved SOG Teachers are expected to follow a high level of Ethics in their teaching and to always convey a positive image of the Society of Gilders.
  • Approved SOG Teachers are expected to provide to each student: recipes (ingredients and instruction) pertinent to the subject being taught, and handouts such as the syllabus to be followed.  A glossary of definition of terms relating to the subject matter, a reading list of recommended books and articles, and a list of the teacher’s suppliers, are also very helpful.
  • Approved SOG Teachers should be prepared to provide information to registering students about nearby lodging, travel and food venues.
  • Approved SOG Teachers must teach in a space with good light and ventilation. Teachers are responsible for making sure that their insurance is up to date if applicable. (This pertains to regional classes only, not conference classes.)
  • Approved SOG Teachers will be informed of the number of students registered four weeks before the class date.  If the minimum has not been met, the teacher can decide if they want to proceed anyway.  The SOG office will handle all notifications either way, as well as refunds, etc.
  • Approved SOG Teachers are considered outside contractors, and must provide a completed W-9 form to either the SOG President or the Executive Secretary each year.
  • Approved SOG Teachers at the completion of each class ask each student to fill in the Class Evaluation Form and will hand out the Class Completion Certificates. Both of these Documents will be provided to the teacher before the start date of the class. The teacher can designate a student to put the Class Evaluation forms in an envelope and mail them back to the Executive Secretary.
  • Approved SOG Teachers are required to submit an invoice to the Society of Gilders for payment of teaching services and reimbursement of material fees and tool fees if either or both are applicable
  • Approved SOG Teachers are asked to actively participate in the marketing of their class by means of posting to Social Media platforms, websites, local news media, and spreading the word to other professionals and sources so that they can help spread the word, as the SOG will also be doing with its own media. Since the Society handles all registration and payments it is important to make sure that those that are interested are directed back to the SOG website.

FAQ’s

  • Who sets the class fee per student? The Teacher sets the class fee as well as the material fee per student as well as the tool fee if either of those two categories are applicable. The only time that the SOG sets the class fee per student is for conference classes. (While that predetermined fee is typically a bit less than what a teacher would charge for teaching in studio, teachers benefit from conference perks including partial lodging and travel compensation. )
  • Does the Society take a cut? The Teacher is paid for the amount that the Teacher sets for the class fee per student and the other two charges. The SOG collects separately for the member/non member class registration  and a minimal amount per material fee and tool fee to help offset financial processing fees.  If you charge a $750 class fee per student and $50 material fee per student, you are paid in full for that.
  • How often do I have to teach? and do I always have to teach the same subject? Our lives are very busy and hopefully our work schedules are pretty full. Only the teacher will be able to determine how many times that they want to teach in any given time period. We have no prerequisites about this. We only ask that the class is well planned and of benefit and quality to your students. If you are teaching water gilding, you might also consider establishing classes in toning or restoration or pastiglia, etc.  You should stay in a lane in which you are comfortable and competent. That being said you might get involved in a new technique that you have been working on related to gilding which could become a class. 
  • Is there more than one teacher focused on a specific discipline at any given time?  The world is a big place as is the USA. We will have a more robust program if there are several teachers working around the country that collectively cover the many disciplines of the Gilding Arts. Each practitioner has their own training and tips to share.
  • How long does it take to get paid by the Society? If you are diligent in submitting your invoice for services and fees rendered in a couple of days from the completion of the class, you should receive your payment within 2 weeks. Remember to submit your SS # or your EIN. 
  • Who Sets the number of students per class? The teacher determines the minimum number of students to make it a worthwhile venture for the Teacher and the maximum number of students that your space will comfortably handle and that you can comfortably teach.
  • Do I have to purchase the tools for the students to buy from me? No. there are a few ways of handling this.
    • invest in enough tools to use during the class. The students do not keep these tools.
    • get together with a gilding supply distributor or other resource that you work with for your tools and ask the distributor to make a kit with your specifications that you can then direct your students to purchase privately.
    • source the tools that you want your students to use and charge them through the registration process, i.e. tool fee. This fee is collected by the SOG prior to the student coming to your class guaranteeing that you will be reimbursed. 
    • allow your students to bring their own tools but it is helpful to the teacher to suggest in your description that tools be functional and within the mainstream. We are very much open to artisans making their own tools and re-purposing tools for gilding application, but the class can easily be held back by a student with non-functioning tools.  We also suggest you have an extra tools/material kit on hand, just in case.