Photography Gilding Workshop. Artwork © Solange Roberdeau
Artwork © Solange Roberdeau

Photography Gilding Workshop

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Learn how to apply copper leaf to a photograph in this two-day mixed media photography gilding online workshop via Zoom!
with Solange Roberdeau

The Image Flow is now offering an online photography course of our Photography Gilding Workshop. This 2-day online photography class has been re-designed for you to access from the comfort of your own home over Zoom!


Learn how to apply a contemporary variation of the ancient gilding technique to your photography work in this two-day metal gilding workshop. Use your own photographs and mixed media pieces and experiment with copper leafing possibilities.


Visual artist Solange Roberdeau will demonstrate contemporary gilding and explain the various metal leafing materials she uses during each Zoom session. Afterward, you can dive right in and experiment with the process. Solange will provide a material list of the materials necessary for copper gilding, which can be purchased online before the start of the workshop. Basic materials include: copper leaf, a bottle of gilding size, a bottle of fluid acrylic, a calligraphy brush, and some watercolor paper.


You’ll learn how to apply copper leaf and loose mica powder pigment to photographic as well as textural, mixed media surfaces. Additionally, you’ll learn tips for incorporating other materials such as thread, fabric, and organic material.


At the end of the online workshop, you’ll have made samples of your own for future use that show each step of the technique. And of course your own gilded pieces of artwork!


Please have your own photographs and/or artwork on any surface ready for gilding.



The Image Flow will offer a student discount of 50% for two (2) 11×14 or smaller prints (we suggest Epson Legacy Fibre or Baryta paper) for use in this workshop if desired.


Image files need to be sent to The Image Flow by May 12 to guarantee prints will be ready for the workshop.

Instructor Bio


Solange RoberdeauSolange Roberdeau


Solange is a visual artist and art educator whose own work explores perception and seeking out the creative potential in our immediate environments through materials, gesture and response to place. She works primarily in paper, sumi ink and with contemporary gilding in her own studio practice. She received a BFA in Printmaking from RISD and an MFA in Studio Art from MICA. From 2006 to 2012 Solange worked in the studio of the painter Robert Kushner where she specialized in his version of gilding. She has since gone on to give lessons in this technique at venues including Kala Art Institute, San Francisco Center for the Book, Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. She has been the recipient of several artists grants including from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos NM.


Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and studio rentals.



About Zoom


Zoom is video conferencing software that allows us to video chat and share our screens all using our computer’s built-in video camera and microphone. Setting up a Zoom account is easy and free. Just got to the Zoom website to create a username and download the software onto your computer (not your phone). Never used Zoom? Check out their support page for How to Join a Zoom Meeting.

Saturday & Sunday

May 22 & 23, 2021


Online / Zoom

Who Should Take This Workshop

Anyone interested in metal leaf gilding

Pertinent Details

  • Two, 2-hour Video Sessions via Zoom (4 hours total)
  • Maximum twelve (12) students
  • Ages 18 and older
  • Students must order their own materials (material list provided by instructor)
  • Zoom meeting links will be sent by email

Workshop Fee Includes

  • 50% discount on two (2) 11×14 prints or smaller for use in this workshop (optional – by May 12)

Required Materials

  • Your own photographs and/or artwork for gilding (required)
  • Students must order their own materials (material list provided by instructor)
  • Ability to steady a paintbrush is a must
  • A computer with video camera and microphone access (like an iMac or Macbook)
  • Zoom installed on the same computer
  • Working knowledge of Zoom

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