Le repoussé: Create your own piece of copper art!

Summer 2020 discount on our copper art Workshop!

 

Share with us our passion for copper «repoussé» work, and participate to our interactive workshop.  Tools and copper await!

Create your art work on a 3 inches x 3 inches copper sheet with your own design or a selection of our own.

The art of metal “Repoussé” (embossing) , is slowly disappearing, even in Europe where the fine arts traditions are still vivid. These facts enhance the uniqueness of the exposition we present to the public.  Following our demonstration, you will be ready to start this unique experience.

  • Schedule 30 minutes for the workshop and another 30 minutes to discover our 2 museums, our family history and realizations.
  • Discount for the copper workshop summer 2020: $6.05 tax included (instead of $11.50 ). (Please mention the discount upon arrival)
  • Free admission
  • no reservation needed
  • opening hours:
    • Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Covid 19: Sanitation protocols are in place and we follow the guidelines of the Public Health of Québec:

  • Masks are required for our guests and our team
  • tools and tables are sanitazed after each participant
  • Social distancing
  • Washing of hands for our guests and our team

 


Repoussé Technique

 

To create artistic and useful objects from a material considered as one of the natural resources of Canada, gives it a symbolic meaning.

The creation of each piece starts with an idea put down first on a drawing. Then, the outlines of the drawing are traced on a thin sheet of metal, and pushed by hand with very fine tools to give it shape. A foam padding is used to support the work in process and to protect the relief slowly taking shape.

It requires meticulous patience and tedious work to achieve near perfection, with the added difficulty of being able to see the work on reverse and in 3 dimensions.

To give more depth to our pieces, we use a black patina. Then, our pieces are lacquered to prevent tarnishing.

To learn and master such a skill requires years of apprenticeship, which would explain partly the slow disappearance of this art.

We, the Gilles family, since the death of our father in 1979, carry on the workmanship with the same tradition of excellence.