Painting & Mural Classes
of our faux painting class testimonials
skeptic to artist: Aerin
Kaiser did great in faux painting class but doubted if it would apply
her actual walls at home. With her newfound skills and some faith she
herself, but not us, by winning the"Faux Finishes Category" of our
Excellence in Decorative Artistry Competition"
never considered myself to
be talented or artistic when it comes to faux painting, but I have been
interested in it for years, reading every instructional book I could
my hands on. I've attempted many different techniques but my projects
seemed to turn out to be quite as easy as the books claimed they would
found the Decorative Arts Center
website about six months ago and was interested immediately, but was
that maybe faux painting required more talent than I had. I'm a mother
of three who enjoys painting in my spare time. I wasn't completely
that faux finishing could be taught in the classroom but decided to
I couldn't believe how smoothly things went in class. I was still
a little skeptical, sure that I would get home to my massive blank
only to find it wasn't that easy after all. I am still amazed and
at how well my first project turned out, corners, ceiling and all.
Brian taught in class worked, and made even more sense at home. I still
don't consider myself to be especially talented or gifted, but I know
with the skills I learned I could be successful in my own faux painting
business and am keeping an open mind for the future. I feel so
to have found this school, I can't thank you enough for sharing your
and incredible talent, Brian!
Kaiser, Homeowner, Missouri
the 2003 winner of
the "Venetian Plaster Category" & also entered this faux sky
searching the net for a reputable
school, I was most impressed with the Decorative Arts Center. Brian's
of experience and the fact that I could bring home so many new samples
intimate class size and the clear instruction of the techniques,
us to develop our own "signature" style, lit a fire in me. We worked
Brian was always encouraging, and our final illusions in paint and
adding the Venetian Plaster
styles to my new faux boards I felt I had that "edge" to take back to
In the six months since taking classes I have actually "wowed" them
my new offering and increased my business. Besides adding to my list of
patrons homes and businesses, I've done my first Parade of Homes. It's
great being in such demand that I can pick the best jobs and people are
willing to wait for me!"
Grisier, "The Paper Dolls",
his wife operate a
well established company of 19 years. He specializes in high end
and ecclesiastical (churches) painting. Above is his work in a district
county judge's home.
is not new to me, as I'm
in my 19th year of being a professional painter and wallpaper hanger.
is new to me is the word "artist".
selling a few basic finishes
and eventually becoming bored with them, I decided to go to a school to
learn more faux finishes.
wanted a school where the main
instructor taught the class, not some student assistant. I also wanted
a class that would allow me to purchase the materials that I needed
my usual sources so I wouldn't be tied to a company or product to
all of my supplies. The Decorative Arts Center met those needs.
attending, I wouldn't apply
any faux finish without having done them in my own home first. I now
the confidence, from what I've learned, to sell the finish from the
I created and to succeed at the first attempt. My customers call me an
is still running at a very
brisk pace and I already have over three months booked up this year. I
took Brian's advice and moved my rates up without losing a bid. I've
almost five weeks of vacation which I almost felt guilty about (I said
Born, Countryside Painting,
attended with her neighbor
and fellow artisan, Karan West. Both received Honorable Mentions in our
on the internet for a school
on faux finishes, it never occured to me that I was making a career
I already had a business, I was a successful graphic designer
websites and publications for clients. If I was so successful, why was
I researching faux finishes?
was something I had experimented on with my home and friends homes. My
frustration, and the reason for my search, was that what I visualized
painted on the wall were never the same. My results were "acceptable"
when I considered the expense of all the "special tools and materials,
should have been fantastic.
enrolled in the Decorative Arts
Center and quickly learned several techniques that allowed my average
to become works of art. Not only do the rooms look like I visualized,
the need for expensive materials is no longer necessary.
focus has changed as the
requests to paint the homes of others increases. The New Year brings
opportunities as I faux finish for real cash".
Wisch, "GB Designs", Missouri
here I am. I have been so busy
lately that I have not even had time to get my portfolio complete.
your class I have made about 14k. Ok not to brag. Your class is what
the contract signed. What counted the most was the way I set up my
I have had no one try to take anything off the price because they
liked the professionalism. In almost all of my meetings with the
I got the same comment
the first to ...". I did
what you taught me.
How are you? I wanted
to let you know that I opened my business this month, started
etc. and just this week I got a couple of people call me about
After your class, I took a couple of classes closer to home (I was able
to drive instead of flying), but the teaching style and atmosphere
even compare with yours. I would love to be able to take your murals
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