The Gilded Portrait Workshop

Date/time: Saturdays, Aug. 17 and 24, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $100 for museum members, $120 for the general public

To register, call 301-739-5727

In this workshop, portrait artist Nicole Troup will help students explore gilding and acrylics together.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn how to paint portraits in acrylic, especially if they have found this medium to be difficult to work with due to the rapid drying time. Troup will introduce a special acrylic brand, “Golden Open Acrylics,” which has a slower drying time to facilitate wet-on-wet blending techniques. “Golden Open Acrylics” are the closest to working with oils that you can achieve with acrylics.

The workshop will span over two Saturdays, allowing students to work on their paintings in between classes. There will be some instruction on drawing and facial proportions. Still, most of the class will focus on how to incorporate synthetic gold leaf gilding practices into your painting, painting techniques in acrylic, mixing and blending skin tones, looking for correct value relationships and creating form. Students will be given a completed drawing or reference provided by the instructor to transfer to the canvas so that they have more time to concentrate on painting techniques and gilding. Throughout the workshop, Troup will give demonstrations and critiques.

Cost is $100 for members, $120 for general public. Students must bring some materials.

About the artist

Nicole Troup of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, works as a commissioned portrait artist. A few of her clients include the VFW,  doctors, CEOs,  WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil, and local clients. She has also painted former Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Corbett. She is an Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America and also a member of the Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of Atlanta. Troup’s work has been featured in National and International magazines and journals, including the American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine,  The Guide Artists Magazine, and the Journal of the Portrait Society of America.

Metal Leaf and Painting Material List
Instructor: Nicole Troup
Golden Open Slow-Drying Acrylics
(if you can’t get every color, try to get at least one of every type of color)
Titanium White, Hans Yellow Opaque, yellow ochre, C.P. Cadmium orange, naphthol red light, Alizarin Crimson,
burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Viridian green, Sap green or Chromium oxide green, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine blue,
Violet, Bone black
Slow drying acrylic medium (I use Golden or Liquitex gel medium brand)
Brushes and palette knife

  • Assorted bristle brushes: small, medium and large, Assorted shapes: filberts, rounds, flats
  • Assorted synthetic brushes: small, medium and large, Assorted shapes: filberts, rounds, flats
  • soft mop brushes or makeup brushes: small, medium and large (for blending skin tones and background)
  • fan brush or rake brush (for painting hair)
  • 1 Small round brush size #2 and Large flat or filbert synthetic brush – (for applying adhesive liquid for metal
    Any size from 9”x12”- 16”x20” (any palette or palette paper. Store palette in a container to keep acrylics wet longer)
    11”x14” canvas (make sure your support has texture to it. Easier to blend skin tones)
    Proportion and Scale Tools
    10” Proportional Scale Divider tool ( any brand)
    Misc Materials
    paper towels/rags, palette knife, rinsing container, pencil and eraser
    Small bottle of hand sanitizer ( dries brushes quickly after cleaning them)
    2 Sheets of 11×14 wax paper
    1 sheet of 11×14 carbon transfer paper
    1-2 sheets of canvas paper ( to practice painting techniques)
    Masking tape or painters tape (any brands)
    Metal Leaf (Metal leaf supplies can be purchased at AC-Moore, Hobby Lobby or Michaels)
    Gold metal leaf booklet with multiple foil sheets ( Any brand. I use “Craft Smart” or Mona Lisa brand. )
    Metal Leaf Adhesive (Any brand. I use “Mona Lisa” brand)
    Metal Leaf Sealer ( Any brand. I use“Mona Lisa” brand)