Master Gilding Class

Get the Midas Touch

Learn how to become a professional gilder

Our extensive 9 day class is designed to give you in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in gilding. It would take years to learn what has been condensed into this professional gilding course.

With no previous knowledge required, you’ll learn everything you need to know about gilding from our expert Master Craftsman, Karl Eggert.

Karl has worked as a Master Gilder for more than 45 years and is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading experts on gilding. Students graduate from the course with a certificate of competency and a thorough understanding of the art gilding process.

Maximum four students per Master Gilding Class.


Learn traditional & modern gilding techniques

  • Application of gold and silver leaf, Dutch metal, aluminium and copper leaf.
    You will learn to use all types of leaves including genuine gold and silver, Dutch metal, aluminium and copper leaf which is heat-treated and has a wonderful sunburst of colours.
  • Special surface preparation
    Different substrates need different surface preparations so the end result looks good and the project will last – learning how to gold leaf timber, plaster, paper-mache, glass, shell, wrought
  • Patination
    Aging with glazes and acids
  • Water gilding (gold burnishing)
    Traditional 17th century technique of gilding
  • Leaf & flake application in unique combinations
    Application of various leaves onto flat boards. This technique can be used to gild walls and ceilings.
  • Food Gilding
    You will learn how to apply gold leaf to food and wine.

Goldfinger Club Membership

We’ve found that good support is the key to success for many of our students so we’re passionate about making sure you get the most out of our courses.
Master Class students will receive lifetime membership to the Goldfinger Club

  • Free lifetime ongoing advice for any future projects – phone and email support
  • Generous discounts of 20% on all materials and supplies*.
  • Opportunity to work with the Art Gilding team on architectural projects.


Master Gilding Classes are held over a period of nine days, starting on Saturday and finishing on the Sunday of the following week. Classes start at 10am and finish at 4pm each day.

2021 Master Class Dates

Exciting news! With the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, our classes are back in full swing.
Social distancing requirements will be met and strict cleaning will be maintained.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Studio.
2021 Dates
February 13th-21st
March 13th-21st
April 17th-25th
May 15th-23rd
June 19th-27th
July 10th-18th
August 14th-22nd
September No classes
October 16th-24th
November 6th-14th


Our beautiful studio in Surry Hills, Sydney


Course cost is $4180 (inclusive of GST).

Email us or call Brigitte on 02 93103007 for more information or to register.

Our Mission Statement

It is our passion to pass on our considerable skills to anyone who wishes to learn this age old craft of gilding.
It is our commitment to give every student the support to maximise their potential and help them to reach their goals.