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 'I have studied many techniques for Venetian Plaster but must say The Buon Fresco method is by far superior.  The work is easier and the result is far more beautiful than any other method. 

There is simply none that can compare with the Buon Fresco technique.  It is the Rolls Royce of Venetian Plaster work.'   Chris Adams, San Francisco CA

Class scheduling is

based on demand.

If you want a class but

don't see it scheduled,

 feel free to request it!

 For more information or to register call: (888) 637-3726

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 ACADEMY NEWS!

ONLINE FILM Classes are in the works!  A 30% discount off of tuition is in effect for July/August 2014.  Full tuition will be in place when the online classes are ready. To purchase advanced Tuition Call: 888 637-3726.  Or write to our new email address - decor@bfresco.com

Based on Recent Demand - *The Academy's most popular CLASSES are on the Schedule in August 2014 - scroll down for dates. *COLOR: VPI, VPII, and Marketing & Business 

BY SPECIAL REQUEST - an EXOTIC Finish is on the schedule 'GOLD DUST' on August 26th. (Evening Class)       5 Seats are available.   For more information visit: EXOTIC FINISHES  or call: 888 637-3726

For course tuition & material information go to Tuition & Materials Page: ** **Pay tuition in advance and get your materials free.  (Offer includes everything needed to complete samples boards in class: i.e..Venetian Plasters, Wax & Micas, Sample boards, disposables.  (Does not include take home products: Mixols, Marbling Brushes, Stencils or Tools)

 

 

COLOR  After all.. It's everything.

Can you tint paint and match colors so precisely as to make a switch-plate disappear?  Can you give the architect the precise color he wants from his stone tile.. the designer the color of her silk swatch? Can you play chords in Color?

Left < Buon Fresco's 'Invisible Switch Plate' Artistry.

COLOR  INTENSIVE Class -  AUGUST 21st & 22nd.

 

 

The Color Intensive Class focuses on the critical Color Lessons of Color Harmonies in Design,                   and Precise Color Mixing.  

 

                  A professional artist cannot work high end within the limitations of a fan deck palette.           Nor without the ability to mix exact colors.

 

 In Art and Design Color is everything.  & YES!  COLOR expertise can be taught! 

Don't try to run your business without complete color confidence! 

 

Visit the Color Page to learn more.

< Switch Plate Artistry by Tom Henman - Academy Grad

 

 

  • For a more detailed description of any class click the COURSE TITLE to visit a Class's individual Page.

  • .To see dates and times for classes visit: DATE & TIME Page

  • ..For tuition and materials cost information visit - Tuition & Materials Page

 

GOLD & METAL LEAFING for the Decorative Artist-

 

 

Not currently scheduled

 

If you are a Decorative Artist, but you're still not offering GOLD,

you are missing out on an enormous income opportunity and a highly successful portfolio addition.

 

   
  Tip Gilding  Flash, Ribbon & Tip Gilding Flat Gilding Ornate Gilding

 

Buon Fresco applies Gold in 90% of the residences we work in - by showing how Gold transforms a space. 

Increase your business. Add Gold to your professional portfolio.  Four of the Five Gilding techniques taught in the class are shown above.  Tip Gilding for Molding designs, Flash & Ribbon Gilding, Flat Gilding for murals & Ceilings, & Ornate Gilding. 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Academy's Most Popular Class.. VENETIAN PLASTER INTENSIVE

ACADEMY NEWS! 
PRIVATE VPI-Class available May 14 & 15, 2014            3 Seats available. Registrations are being taken now.

VP- I  August 23rd & 24th, 2014

2 SEATS AVAILABLE - CALL 888 637-3726

 

 

**Pay tuition in advance and get your materials free.  (Offer includes everything needed to complete samples boards in class: i.e..Venetian Plasters, Wax & Micas, Sample boards, disposables.  (Does not include take home products: Mixols, Marbling Brushes, Stencils or Tools)

 



By far our most popular class, VPI lays the ground work to be able to do a natural undulating Venetian Plaster, as smooth as a mirror - right out of the gate, or with any number of stunning enhancements over the top.

 

The technique is not easy to learn but the student receives hands on instruction and guidance with opportunities later to work with Buon Fresco on job sites to further perfect their skills. The finish is a client pleaser and a job winner!

 

Yes!  - In VP- I  you will learn to create a Damask Striped Venetian Plaster as 

in this Dining Room (above) that we did for Hockey Star Alexander Ovechkin's home.

 

 

 

VENETIAN PLASTER - II  STENCILING  in Italian Plasters

AUGUST 25th, 2014
4 SEATS AVAILABLE - CALL 888 637-3726

 Stenciling in Italian Plasters has gained Buon Fresco and our graduates more prizes and more press and

more business, than anything else in our collective portfolios. (see the grad brag page for additional proof)

 

 

'The really amazing thing in this Venetian Plaster Damask class was how very unique and distinct each student's boards were. 

We all successfully created sophisticated, elegant sample boards.'  Teri Crosby, Richland, WA

'I've never seen anything like that before! Said by Client of Graduate seeing his Stencil Samples  Zdeneck Ullman, NYC

 

 

 

VENETIAN PLASTER  [VP-III] AS MARBLE for COLUMNS & WALLS

 

"Your Marbling technique [VP-III] is AMAZING!,

I've been marbling for 20 years but have never seen

anything like this, and it's SO fast and easy!"

Gelu Pisalu, NJ    VPIII - Class November, 2013

 

Not currently scheduled


VP-III FILM CLASS COMING SOON!
FOR A PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT for film class EMAIL:  ARTISTRY@BFRESCO.COM

(Pre Registration 30% SALE July & August, 2014)

Put:  FILM CLASS ADVANCE SALES - in Subject Box

Photo Left - Student Marbling Exercises from VP-III

This 'How-to-Marble' in Venetian Plaster class covers every category of creating realistic marble.  Students learn coloring, veining and drift systems to affect perfectly natural looking faux marble.

Shown Above - Students working on Marbling in Venetian Plaster.

Left: Examples boards of Venetian Plaster as Marble. Students will learn how to imbed a Marble face in their already mirror smooth Italian Plaster surface.  Techniques are given for application on a wall or on round columns. Different Marbles are taught to communicate all the various techniques required for just about ANY Marble type. More elaborate marbles are covered in the VP-IV Advanced Marbling Class of which this is prerequisite.
 
 Theresa Blosser, Delaware Nikki Flam Arlington VA Dr. Jay Starling, VA Iurii Kravchiki, Canada

 
 

 

                                                                                        Advanced     Venetian Plaster

There's nothing quite like it besides...     real marble.

NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED

 VP-IV FILM CLASS COMING SOON!
Get a PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT of 50% off of film class
For more information EMAIL: ARTISTRY@BFRESCO.COM

(Pre Registration ends MAY 31, 2014)

Put:  FILM CLASS ADVANCE SALES - in Subject Box

 

ADVANCED MARBLING IN VENETIAN PLASTER

The Venetian Plaster IV Advanced Class on Marbling in Venetian Plaster has been called 'The Rolls Royce of Faux Marble. The results are cold to the touch, mirror smooth and exquisitely detailed to achieve the Marble of your choosing.  These Exotic Marbling  techniques finish a surface with nuance so realistic that it amazes the people in every sphere of design. Note: The examples shown here are based on techniques taught in VP-IV though they are by no means the limit to what may be achieved in Marbling once the techniques are fully grasped.                

Technique is or Flat or gently sloped Surfaces Only 

Happy Graduates with their boards ready to show to clients.

 

 

 
 

 

The VP-V -
BACKSPLASH & TILE CLASS   
May 17th 2014
NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED

Call  - (888) 637-3726

Add a whole new elegant element to your portfolio of offerings to architects, designers and custom home builders, effortlessly. You'll not only be adding an entire new portfolio item, you're adding a new member to your professional team.  Now in addition to architects, designers, custom home builders, you can form an alliance with Kitchen Designer Stores. This finish is an ideal compliment to any new kitchen, especially when the client is not prepared for the higher prices of marble and ceramic backsplashes, in that it offers a waterproof and very real looking tile imitation.                 (VPI Prerequisite)

Waterproof - Beautiful - With Mirror-like Reflective Quality in any color of the Rainbow. Since Venetian Plaster Tile is easy to apply, and less costly than Ceramic Tile, the finish will sell itself to budget minded clients. 
 

 

MARKETING & BUSINESS  

Get your business out front!  

                 

August 25th, 2014  Time 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • MARKET FOR SUCCESS
  • Learn to develop teams with architects and designers.
  • Learn to market on the web and other places.
  • Learn why photography is your best friend.
  • Learn how to write proposals - what to include - what not to include!
  • Learn how to protect yourself from the untoward clients.
  • Learn how to make your paperwork save your bank account!
  • Make your Business ALL that it can be.  Even in this economy. 
  • No materials costs & no prerequisites
  • To learn more Go to the M&B page for class details.
  Decorative Painting & Faux Finishing Intensive  

AUGUST SPECIAL REQUEST:

SINGLE FINISH CLASS - Gold Dust - AUGUST 26TH, 2014

EVENING CLASS FROM 6pm to 8pm

Special Class based on request - $300 (materials included)  5 seats available.

What is the difference between Decorative Painting and Faux Finishing?  Decorative Paint work is the application of a paint or glaze in a decorative fashion. Faux Finishing is the application of paint, glaze plaster or any such element to specifically simulate a natural material or element of some sort, such as Marble, Fabric, Stone, Wood, Wallpaper and so on.

The Faux Finishing I Intensive course contains these 4 finishes shown above from Buon Fresco Studio Photos.

Photos From Left to Right display;

  • Scumble Glazing - Can be made to simulate 'Leather' or be left as a decorative wall finish.
  • Strie -  Simulates Fabric
  • Frottage - Simulates Limestone and/or Marble
  • Damask Stripes (2 photos far right) - Simulates Wallpaper

For more information and photos please visit - The Painted Gallery and the Decorative Painting Class pages.

 

 

 

NEW MARMORINO VENETIAN PLASTER  -

 

Not currently scheduled.
LIMESTONE BLOCKS 
The Academy's newest class offering is based on latent good success with our newest materials,   Marmorino and Concrete Plasters made by Italian Masters in Italy.

Our new 'Decor Line' of Lime based plasters is already available, and we ALREADY won 2 contracts since launching the line 2 months ago.  The first - seen here (above) is a rendition of realistic Limestone Blocks created with natural looking crevices and grout lines, from layers of Marmorino Plaster.  The client got a Limestone Lobby for his building in just 7 days and at a fraction of the cost of real stone. 

Smooth Concrete can be a 1 Coat Finish Limestone /Concrete  in Block Style 2 - COLOR Concrete

  Imagine an Italian Plaster finish that may be achieved in just one coat?  That's Lime Concrete! 
Or apply it in just 3 Coats to create realistic Limestone Blocks... 

...In the words of one designer, 'THAT'S a Manhattan Finish!'

 

 

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Note - On line registrations cannot accepted due to limited classe size. 

 

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