Introduction to Gold Leaf with Acrylic Workshop

Gold Leaf master: Gustav Klimpt is very famous for his use of Gold Leaf.  Google him, if you do not know his work.  His work took many years, unfortunately we have only 1 day.

Let me introduce you to the magic of Gold Leafing


It would be advantageous , but not necessary, to be familiar with Acrylic Painting and drawing outlines. No experience needed for Gold Leafing as this is an introduction to the wonders and beauty of Gold Leafing.


English and Afrikaans



About The Instructor

While I was studying art, part time, a friend told me that a friend was looking for a housemate.  Low and behold, she was the Head of the Art Department at the Cape College.  For 4 years we painted and created some amazing work in many types of media.  It was the shortest 4 years of my life.

What To Bring
  • Old clothes as you will definitely leave covered in gold leaf.
  • Any special drinks.
Course Dates

1 September 2020

6 October 2020

Course Details

We will start off by drawing a pencil outline on a canvas.

You may choose if your subject will be Gold Leafed or the background. We will paint on glue (gilding size) in a thin layer on your preferred subject or back ground.  A 10 minute waiting period for the glue to become tacky, is vital.

Gold Leaf comes in very thin sheets and is very difficult to handel with a full sheet.  The sheet will most probably crumble into smaller pieces, and that is absolute fabulous, if it does.  With a hogs hair fan brush, we will help flatten some of the Gold Leaf and scratch it off where we do not want it.

There will be some holes to be filled later and it is very easily done.

After a much needed break/lunch, we will start painting the rest of the canvas with acrylic paint.  

When the acrylic paint is dry, we will add some finishing touches and seal the Gold Leaf.

Please note:  there is no right or wrong in Gold Leaf.  Gold Leaf is an easy medium to work with. 



Your package includes:
Tuition, materials*, excursions*, refreshments and meals during the course. Accommodation, dinners, and transport at own cost.
*Applicable to certain courses. See individual course pages for details.

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