Instructor: Hubert Baija
Date: October 1-5, 2018
The focus of this course is on traditional gilding techniques. You will become familiar with one of the oldest crafts in the world, originating 4,500 years ago in ancient Egypt, which is still practiced today. Through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on practicum the participants will develop understanding of the basic gilding skills. In this class you will prepare your own mock-up frames and sample boards in different leafing techniques. We will work all the way from the bare wood to the finished product, including ornaments and special techniques for finishing and aging. This course will also offer a first orientation in the history of styles in picture frames. Topics included in this class are: a historical overview of traditional gilding materials, techniques and tools; surface preparation and the planned application glue, gesso, bole and size; gesso texturing and re-cutting; oil gilding and water gilding; application of gold, silver and metal leaf; burnishing; matte and gloss finishes; clay mixes and advanced leafing techniques; toning and aging and sealing.
Hubert Baija is a Senior Conservator-Restorer at the Conservation Department of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he is responsible for the conservation of 7000 antique picture frames. After training in chemistry, mineralogy and biology, he studied educational sciences at the University of Amsterdam and completed his studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with internships at the Dutch
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Cultural Institute, Rome, Italy, at the National Gallery, London, England, and at the National Museum of Bayern, Munich, Germany. Mr. Baija has consulted to museums and collectors on the conservation of gilded and polychrome objects. He teaches frame history and conservation at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and at the Metropolia University in Helsinki, Finland. He acted as an External Examiner for MA and Ph.D. students in conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium and at the Royal College of Art, London, England. He is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and has served as co-chair of the International Council of Museums, Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC) Wood, Furniture and Lacquer Working Group. He participated in the translation of Framing in the Golden Age by P.J.J. van Thiel and C.J. de Bruijn Kops into English. Hubert Baija has presented and published on historic gilding techniques, on the conservation of picture frames, on the framing of medieval panel paintings, and on the history of picture frames.During thirty five years of dedication to the arts he also illustrated school books and taught drawing and painting.