This course aims to provide you with new skills, including an introduction to gilding. You will learn about developing patterns from things around you, borrowing as appropriate to realise your own unique design. This can be something you have researched before, something associated with your family or simply a design you like. You will then spend time cleaning and burnishing a found part of a tree, learning certain aspects of woodworking, and how found objects can be utilised in artworks. Once your ‘tree’ is ready you will transfer your design to the tree using pencil. You will then begin the process of gilding with gold leaf, realising your design onto the tree. You will learn the delicate skill of applying gold leaf to a surface, and finally the appropriate ways of sealing the gold leaf to your sculpture.
At the conclusion of the course, you will have made a unique sculptural work, learnt new techniques such as pattern making, imagery appropriation and gilding, which can be applied to other things you make, or wish to decorate.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva trained at Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art. She works with natural materials from caul fat to gold leaf. She teaches regularly and exhibits internationally including the Vatican Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015 and representing Macedonia, Venice Biennale, 2013.