Copper Leaf Gilding Workshop. Artwork © Solange Roberdeau
Artwork © Solange Roberdeau

Gilding on Photo & Media (online)

Learn how to apply metal leaf gilding to a photograph in this two-day online art workshop.
with Solange Roberdeau

Do you love the look of gold gilding? What about adding gold or platinum leaf to your photography or mixed media project?

Learn how to apply a contemporary variation of the ancient gilding technique using copper, gold, or other metal leaf. Use your own photographs, paper, or other media art to experiment with various metal leaf gilding possibilities in this weekend workshop.

Visual artist Solange Roberdeau will provide a list of the materials necessary for this unique gilding workshop, which can be purchased online before class begins. You’ll learn how to apply metal leaf sheets, leaf flakes, and loose pigment to flat media such as photographs, as well as on textured mixed media surfaces. Additionally, you’ll learn tips for incorporating other materials such as thread, fabric, and organic material, and even how to experiment with copper oxide color to get a green patina on copper gilding!

At the end of the workshop, you’ll have samples of your own for future use that show each step of the techniques from class.

Please log in to Zoom each day with your own photographs and/or artwork laid out, 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 November 28, 2022 to guarantee prints will be ready for the workshop.




Online Photography Class Schedule

Day 1: Introductions, immediately followed by a demonstration of how to set up and implement the gilding technique. Questions along the way are encouraged! After the Zoom session you can dive into the process on your own.

Day 2: Show work in progress, Q&A, tips and tricks, followed by further demonstrations on oxidizing and other gilding techniques. After the Zoom session you can explore further on your own.

Watch for our welcome email with material list to order and Zoom links before the workshop.


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.


Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and fine art reproduction.


Instructor Bio

Solange Roberdeau

Solange Roberdeau is a visual artist and art educator whose abstract drawings are informed by the cadences of place and the character of materials. She primarily works on paper, with ink and 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, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Cairo American College. She has been the recipient of several artists grants including from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.

Saturday, Sunday
December 17 & 18, 2022

$150 + materials

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  • Your own paper, 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
  • Zoom installed on the same computer
  • Working knowledge of Zoom

Who Should Take This Workshop

Anyone age 18 or older, interested in gilding.

Pertinent Details

  • Two, 2-hour video sessions via Zoom (4 hours total)
  • Maximum twenty (20) students
  • Ages 18 and older
  • Zoom meeting links will be sent by email

Workshop Fee Includes

  • Guided instruction in a dynamic and historic technique

Online: Live via Zoom

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