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Gilded Shores : Exploring Shell Gold Artistry

With Martha Laurens

Starting date : 10 August 2024

Fees : HK$ 1,000 or US$ 130

Workshop Description

Students will learn about making shell gold and several techniques from different cultures that use shell gold as an art form. Students will also move towards modern applications of shell gold, such as painting and troubleshooting. This workshop is interactive, and students has to work on the project during the lesson so Martha can help with the problematic area. Students can finish their project after the lesson and work on it as homework. In the first lesson, students will start by understanding the origin of the Shell Gold that they are about to create. Then, student will also learn to make shell gold using a different medium as a binder and continue learning how to apply shell gold from different binders using the first technique on a simple design.


On the second lesson of the workshop, student will learn a brief history of the second design, from creating a traditional layout to transferring it onto paper and applying the second shell gold and painting technique with gouache and watercolour. In the last lesson, student will finish by going over the troubleshooting from the last session and then using a different surface to work with the shell gold and chalk.

Workshop Schedule

Lesson 1

Saturday, 10 August, 2024

18:30 pm - 21:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 2

Saturday, 17 August, 2024

18:30 pm - 21:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Lesson 3

Saturday, 24 August, 2024

18:30 pm - 21:00 pm (Hong Kong Standard Time)

Note to Students

  • This is a live online workshop via Zoom (please make sure you have a Zoom account to access the workshop)

  • All live lessons will be recorded and available for 90 days following the final lesson.

  • All recordings expires on Saturday, 23 November, 2024 at 12:00 pm Hong Kong Standard Time.

  • Student can submit homework to the discussion board for Martha to critique.

  • Workshop handouts (if any), zoom links and recordings are available on the workshop page one week (or as soon as practicable) before the first lesson.

  • All workshop dates and times are according to the Hong Kong Standard Time.

Recommended Workshop Supplies

  • Click here for the supplies list recommended for this workshop.

Workshop Boarding Page (Only for Enrolled Students)

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Refund Policy

  • All sales are final and fees paid for the online workshop are non-refundable.

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