From Home and Garden TV shows, to DIY clinics at home center super stores, Venetian Plaster DIY classes and synthetic plaster materials are more available than ever. But before you -- or your clients --fall for faux, consider that the alternative - genuine, all-natural Italian lime plasters and expert plastering techniques -- are immediately distinguishable by touch and appearance from their sometimes even more expensive decorative imposters.
Real lime plasters from Italy not only polish to a higher shine than synthetic plasters, they also offer a multitude of eco-friendly benefits and a lifetime finish that won't fade as will paint-based products. With hands-on training and experience, anyone can learn to master the basics or improve their skills. Veneshe Master Venetian Plastering teaches students to become proficient using FirmoLux imported Italian plasters, and gain mastery of techniques that can be applied to projects large and small--from simple home decorating to commercial and restoration projects.
Master Venetian plaster applicator Lori Blomstrom brings her talent, humor, and years of training and experience to create a class that is as much fun as it is educational and inspiring. Veneshe's students have included painters, muralists, Italian plaster applicators, drywall contractors and homeowners, all of whom have left with a portfolio of samples and the confidence to undertake new projects, large and small. Both beginner and advanced classes are offered this summer in Pennsylvania.
Beginner Classes: Ready, Aim, Trowel!
A full day beginner class at Veneshe's Pennsylvania studio covers the basic finishes, products and techniques that form the foundation for advanced Italian plaster artistry. Classes are hands-on, practical, creative and fun. Students leave with professional sample boards that can be used to plan at home projects or to sell plaster jobs. Veneshe creates a safe and inspiring haven for the creative process, free from judgment, and punctuated at midday with a complimentary hearty and freshly prepared Italian lunch. Summer 2010 Classes take place Saturdays from 9am-5pm on June 19 and August 14. The cost is $350 and includes all materials. Click here for more information and to register.
Advanced Classes: Master the Art of Plaster
The Advanced class has been especially designed for decorative artists, stucco professionals and plaster applicators who have been working with other lines of natural or synthetic Italian Plasters. This course introduces the advanced student to the FirmoLuxTM imported Italian lime plaster product line, providing a more in-depth, hands-on experience adjusting to its unique properties and recreating decorative specialty finishes. Students produce 10-12 professional sample boards to begin selling jobs using FirmoLux plasters. Class is held in the studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, July 23-24 from 9 am -5 pm and includes lunch both days. The cost of $695 includes 2 full days of instruction and all materials. B&B accommodations are available for $75 per night. Register Now!