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The Principles of Applied Arts (TM) Foundations Classes

The Foundations program is a creative, exhilarating decorative painting program for the person looking to change their life and become a professional decorative painter. This series of five-day comprehensive classes serves as a springboard for anyone's professional decorative painting career. The series will show students how to successfully manage marketing, the client interview, proposals, retainers, control samples, contracts, job execution, and how to make money right away. Each class in the series is $1,750 and registration closes the 15th of the month prior to class date. Register early as seats fill quickly.

About the Curriculum

Class hours are 9:00AM-5:00PM.

Foundations I

Class dates: August 4-8, 2008, December 8-12, 2008

Foundations I initiates students into the decorative painting program with the following subjects: Preparation, oil and water patina/glazing, business/marketing, and textures. Upon completion of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of basic to advanced faux and decorative painting techniques and you will be able to make money as a decorative painter right out of class.

100-Preparation, one day

101-Water glazing, one day

102-Oil glazing, one day

103-Textures, two days

This is an intense study! The a break down of the subjects covered in this class, hands on and lecture are listed in the following class descriptions:

100-F1 Preparation I
101-F1 Water Patina/Glazing I
102-F1 Oil Patina/Glazing I
103-F1 Texture I

Foundation I standards


Foundations II

Class dates: September 22-26, 2008

Foundations II:   Foundations II continues with subtractive color mixing, monochromatic ornamentation and distressing (furniture). This course will dispel the mystery of matching and mixing color and you will understand how to add distressed furniture finishes and ornamentation to your portfolio and increase your profitability.

203-Subtractive Color Mixing, one day

327-Monochromatic Ornamentation, two days

106-Distressing (furniture), two days


Foundations III

Class dates: June 10-14, 2008

Foundations III takes students into the craft of faux bois (wood graining) and faux marbling. Beginning with Understanding Mediums, students will learn how materials affect the look of final product and how to choose materials that save them time and money. Applying their understanding of mediums, students learn both the skills needed to faux paint wood and marble and tips for making money with these techniques.

201-Understanding Mediums, one day

216-Wood graining, two days

215-Marbling, two days


Foundations IV

Class dates: January 2009

Rounding out the Foundations series are courses designed to strengthen your business: Portfolio Development and polychromatic ornamentation, to increase your appeal in the market, Business Protocol, Estimating and Marketing to solidify the structure of your business.

204-Portfolio Development, one day

229-Business Protocol and Estimating, one day

213-Marketing, one day

328-Polychromatic ornamentation, two days

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