How To Patinate Bronze

Learn Bronze Patination Basics

Join us for one day of hands-on-learning about how basic colours are created on bronze sculptures and have the support of a highly experienced tutor.

This course will teach you about original patination so that you can understand and identify how a finish might have been created, what chemicals are likely to have been used to achieve certain shades and the techniques applied to bring them about. This practical training will allow you to try out the methods involved in this craft so that you get a feeling for the unique personality of bronze.


Your Instructor


Paul Joyce
Paul Joyce

Paul Joyce has over thirty years of experience in the production of fine art bronze casting and patination. He has worked on both large and small castings, most recently the life-size K9 Memorial in Chelmsford for the artist John Doubleday for whom he also cast and patinated the 9ft Sherlock Holmes sculpture in London, the life-size Gerald Durrell at Jersey zoo and the Herbert Columbine VC memorial on the seafront at Walton-on-the-Naze. Other artists he has worked with are: Christopher Marvell, William Pye; Dorothy Brooks; Zadock Ben David; Glynis Barton; and numerous other contemporary artists.

He has specialised in producing complex patinas for artists such as Robert Aberdein and Theo Gillick whose work demands the use of a large and complicated palette of colours and techniques. He has been employed by various foundries to train their patination teams and has most recently taught members of the Tate Modern Gallery Conservation Department on how patination effects are achieved so that they can better understand the patination process in their conservation work.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts at 10am and ends at 5pm
How long do I have access to the course?
The course runs for one day, but Paul or Lucy are always available to ask questions - there's no time limit!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, tell us what the problem is and we'll do our best to fix it. If that doesn't satisfy you then we'll give you a full refund.
Will I Receive A CPD Certificate?
Yes, you'll be able to download your CPD Certificate as soon as you have completed your day of training
How Do I Get 50% off Bronze Behaving Badly?
As soon as you register for this course, we will email you a discount code if you'd like to learn more about the conservation of bronze
What Clothing Should I Wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Do not wear opened toed footwear so boots are best.
Do I Have To Be Artistic To Do This Course?
Not at all! Patination is a unique skill and has no correlation to how well you can draw or paint.
Is This A Practical Course?
Yes, it is. You'll be learning by doing.
What Do You Learn On The Day?
You will be learning the basics of hot patination. This technique is used particularly on fine art bronzes to achieve a range of colours. You will have a chance to work on three basic shades, black, brown and green, on the day.
What Course Dates Are Available?
We will send you our next available dates as soon as you register interest with us

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