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Silver Leaf Etching and Glass Framing

This unique one-week workshop gives you the chance to explore verre églomisé, the process of engraving an image into silver leaf that's applied to glass or mirrored surfaces.

To book your place today, simply click 'Book Now' to be taken to AUB's secure online store where you can complete your booking.

What you need to know

Monday 17 July – Friday 21 July 2023


Course only


Optional extras

At the point of booking you can choose to add accommodation and/or our popular half-board catering package.

  • Course fee including accommodation: £1,124
  • Course fee including accommodation and half-board catering package: £1,199

  • Source material images, drawings, or patterns (optional)
  • Appropriate workshop-style clothing and closed-toe footwear

  • All course materials and resources
  • Access to industry-standard software, equipment and studio spaces

To take advantage of our economically priced accommodation, simply select the appropriate accommodation and/or half-board catering option when you book your place.

Accommodation includes

  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

Half-board catering package includes

  • Half-board catering (breakfast and lunch)
  • Single study bedroom with private en-suite bathroom in AUB Halls of Residence, situated on AUB's campus
  • Halls of Residence Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour on-site security staff and live-in AUB residential staff (help is available 24/7)

Take a look at AUB’s Halls of Residence, just click on the Campus Halls option.

  • All specialist tools, equipment and course materials are included in your course fee
  • Come away with the confidence and necessary skills to produce bespoke products to a high standard
  • Have the opportunity to experiment and develop your ideas
  • Gain hands-on experience learning the fundamental verre églomisé techniques and the full process from start to finish, resulting in a finished piece to take away with you
  • Learn how to safely and effectively use specialist tools required for verre églomisé
  • Receive expert support and guidance from a practising professional artist, including feedback on your ideas and work
  • The opportunity to network and share ideas with other students from around the globe
  • Access AUB's industry-standard studio spaces, including the specialist equipment and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Leave with skills and foundations that you can use at home to continue creating beyond this course
  • Study alongside up to 12 like-minded students and have fun

About this course

This unique and alternative course has been designed specifically for professional artists, students, and amateurs. It gives you the opportunity to discover a new process and explore different methods and processes of image making and to expand on your technical knowledge and experience.

Through a series of practical demonstrations to build your knowledge, understanding and proficiency, your tutor, Anthony Harris, will guide you through the specialist processes, where you'll learn the essential skills necessary to produce artwork created using engraving processes and mirroring techniques.

As part of the course, you'll make your own fully finished frames to display your completed pieces of artwork using recycled wood to compliment the glass or mirrored surfaces.

You'll prepare test samples of glass and apply the silver leaf surface before exploring engraving, drawing, and painting techniques followed by frame construction techniques using recycled materials. You'll then work towards producing a final piece of artwork driven by your own design preferences.

Sessions will include learning about all the different tools, materials, and processes. This includes glass types, preparation, glass cutting, cleaning, and applying assorted metal leaf specifically silver, using gelatine-based adhesive.

Drawing and etching tools will be used to produce images on glass whilst frame-making tools, materials and processes will be explored to enable you to create a final art piece from start to finish.

  • Glass cutting, preparation and cleaning
  • Silver and metal application
  • Glue production
  • Etching tools and processes
  • Drawing techniques
  • Etching techniques
  • Surface sealing
  • Frame making materials
  • Framing tools and process
  • Final artwork finishing

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

This is an introductory course, therefore no previous understanding or experience is required.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

All course materials and resources, software and equipment is included in your course fee.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at

After this course you could:

  • Continue to harness your creativity; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses courses to see where your creative journey will take you next
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Anthony Harris, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Examples of silver leaf etching

See below for a selection of examples of the type of work you'll undertake on this course. You'll explore a variety of techniques, including engraving, drawing, and painting as well as frame construction techniques using recycled materials. All work included in the gallery are pieces created on courses led by your tutor, Anthony Harris.

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