A profitable professional portfolio represents the artist’s versatility, showcasing a wide variety of design options to satisfy the full spectrum of clients’ tastes, needs, and budgets.
Today’s the time to make a positive commitment and investment in building a lucrative design and faux finishing career. This workshop is designed for those looking for fresh inspiration and experience using both new and classic products from the extensive Faux Effects® Gold Label product lines.
Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out in this business...this workshop is for you!
If you are a discriminating and detailed faux painting artisan ready to advance your faux finishing business to the next level, The Faux Finish School will provide you with the creme de la creme of the industry's decorative finishing materials,
The Faux Effects® Gold Label Professional product systems.
Spend five days at The Faux Finish School....
Mastering 25 design samples
Exploring current trends in the fashion and decorating fields
In depth product instruction and detailed notes
Hands-on training giving you the knowledge and
confidence develop skills necessary to create your
own unique finishes
Tips on marketing, pricing and presentation by seasoned, working professionals.
These are the key ingredients to complete this recipe for success!
We have developed four diverse design collections to comprise the Polished Portfolio.
Within each of these collections, students will create finishes which range from simple, glazed bread-and-butter techniques to complex, multi-layered textures.
Old World Classics:
Showcased by the use of European timeless designs, this dramatic collection represents warmth and antiquity. Layers of color and texture revealed by passage of time and exposure to the elements are hallmarks of an Old World finish. Rough textures, exposed stones and brick, ancient pottery and regal Damask and brocade fabrics will be interpreted in the Mediterranean Plaster, Chipped Plaster, Gilded Plaster and Raku designs. A variety of activated glazed finishes mimic rusted metals and natural stones.
These rich, elegant designs, lifted from castles, old stone houses or Tuscan wineries will be some of the impressive finishes of your Polished Portfolio.
A cocktail of modern tastes blended with seasoned favorites comprise this understated yet softly elegant decorative array of design samples. Clean, serene and simple sophisticated finishes infused with color, texture and pattern reflect an appreciation of the past with consideration to today’s trends and lifestyles. Sienna Sand, Celadon Frost, Firelight and Raw Silk finishes are created with dimension, shimmer and soft glazes. Copper Canyon and Drifted Stone dance with subtle motion and metallic glow, recalling granite, stone, and brushed nickel.
From Mid-Century to New Millennium influences, these fresh designs offer a tasteful twist to tempt any palate and satisfy every palette.
Elegance without excess is the underlying current electrifying this glamorous and dramatic chapter of the Polished Portfolio. Slick, cool surfaces of glass, metal and stone express the urban chic and spa-like tranquility of the Citrine Sizzle, Cut Crystal, Full Circle, and Charred Platinum design samples. Rich saturated color contrasts with striking black and white in Rock around the Croc, and Satin Doll designs. This collection of sleek finishes adds dazzle and brilliance to the Polished Portfolio.
World travel and exploration of various ethnic cultures’ histories, customs, food and fabrics translate to a richly eclectic blend of design samples in this pocket of the Polished Portfolio. Garden Gate, Sausalito, Moroccan Leather, Chez Louise and Cracked Amber are combinations of intricate designs and patterns, exotic textures, spicy color and earthy flavor. Softly distressed leather, ikat weaves, weathered wood and metals, sisal, clay, and beads are some of the elements guiding the creation of this expressive collection.
Under the direction and guidance of nationally recognized decorative artist....
Founder and Director of The Faux Finish School, Martin
Alan Hirsch.Exclusive to The Faux Finish School.....
The Polished Portfolio: "Art and Business of Faux Finishing for the 21st Century"
is a five day decorative painting workshop teaching
not only faux painting techniques, but also the important business
side of this lucrative career.
At Decorative Finishes Studio's Faux Finish School, you will spend five days learning these exclusive finishes from decorative artists and teachers,
Karen Kratz-Miller and Liz Hermann assisted by job site preparation man Vincent Douglas, whom all three will ensure that you receive a thorough understanding of this wonderful field; as well as develop the skills necessary to create these unique finishes.
Tuition of $1895 includes:
Use of all necessary tools and materials to complete 25 design samples.
Comprehensive, illustrated workbook with detailed recipes and product sheets.
Instruction by two experienced artists/teachers to provide individual support for varied student skill levels, and encouragement to explore additional surface treatment and design options inspired by the Faux Effects® product line.Assistance in preparation and clean-up by studio staff.
Complementary Continental breakfast and catered lunch, daily.
Tuesday evening "Dinner Party" complimentary of Martin Alan Hirsch and Faux Effects® International at the home of Martin Alan Hirsch for a quiet, relaxing evening of viewing finishes on a residential scale and social networking with each other.
Wednesday morning Business Breakfast conducted by Karen Kratz-Miller and Liz Herrmann covering practices of the trade, sample contracts, resources and pricing finishes,,,followed by a question and answer session.
Thursday evening in-studio pizza “wrap party” to review design recipes and assist with technical questions and a week summation; facilitated by instructors Karen Kratz-Miller and Liz Herrmann.
These patented techniques and products are only available to professional contractors and finishing professionals who have successfully completed this Faux Effects® Designer Wall Finishes Workshop and will not be sold to the general public.
This is the most comprehensive and intensive faux painting workshop in the world!
Polished Portfolio Workshops
||March 18th - March 22nd, 2013
||June 10th -June 14th, 2013
||September 23rd - September 22th, 2013
||September 17th - September 21st, 2013
||November 4th - November 8th, 2013
each collection to tour & view
the Polished Portfolio Workshop!