feel like I've been working in the dark all
of these years". Michael
Colkette, Academy Graduate and Member of
International Salon of Decorative Artists
"Knowledge is wealth! I leave here a very
wealthy man. These classes were worth far
more than I paid for them. Not a day
went by when I wasn't learning amazing new
things. Trying to learn on my own was
like trying to re-invent the wheel. It was
40 years of repeating the same work, and
never rising to a new level. For
anyone in this business, THIS is the place
Cutting, Vancouver BC
"I'm going to go back to London, and
throw away the 12 boards I made at the faux
school there. I'll be showing ONLY the
sample boards I made at the Academy".
Lazarus Xavier Cordoba,
Good Morning Victoria! Finished my
first VP stenciled wall on Sunday... came out
beautifully! So appreciate your support..
couldn't have done it withought all of your words
and wisdom throughout..
Wilma W. Albany NY
"I returned to Utah and won a
job doing 4,000 SF of Venetian Plaster"
Matt Provo, UT
technque [for Marbling in VP]
I've been marbling for 20 years but have never seen
anything like this, and it's SO fast and easy!"
"Buon Fresco is
the best art Academy in The US!"
Ronald Campoverde, NYC (Editor's
note: Ronald returned to
NY and won a job doing 8,000 SF of Marbling in
Venetian Plaster (VPIII)
"Awesome! Without understanding the
total range of the perspective you gave us,
makes me see why your competition is not
anywhere in range!"
David S. Patterson,
Patterson Plaster & Drywall
showed my Stenciled Venetian Plaster boards
from the VPII class, to my client,
'Victoria's Secret' and they had me do walls
for their Chrismas Catalog reproducing
exactly the design". Kostas
"...Neither will there be enough words to provide thanks for your
but I start from today to do. ;) Thank you very much Victoria, for
showing us the best way to excellence in this beautiful work!
Ps ... in Ecuador is a popular phrase that says 'Hasta la victoria
I'm thinking better to read 'With Victoria always'!
Ronald Campoverde New York, NY
"I am ready
to meet Decorators, Architects and CLIENTS!"
Patterson, Patterson Plaster & Drywall
"I would describe this class to other artists
in this fashion,
'If you think you know everything, this class really
is for you'. "
David S. Patterson, Patterson Plaster &
"Thoughout my 15 years in the business, I
have taken several other courses, though
they were no where near the caliber of your
classes. Overall the week of training
with you was invaluable'.
George Mavlian, Springfield VA
with you my Venetian Plaster work has been
published and recently I received a coveted
award. Today my reputation is spreading
throughout the Washington DC area. Buon
Fresco, and the Academy of Wall Artistry has
changed my artwork and business forever. The
skills that Ihave learned at The Academy
have set my work so far ahead of my
competition that I haven't lost a single
Venetian Plaster Bid since I completed the
course years ago. I just wanted to
thank you all over again.
Hi Victoria! Just wanted to drop you a
quick note to tell you that I got a job
in my state capitol because of the color
class I took last May.
wouldn�t have been able to do this job if
I�d not taken your class~! Thanks so
'Victoria, Thank you
so much for all your wonderful expertise.
You are the only teacher I felt had
something to really offer me that I couldn't
figure out on my own and it is your
innovative spirit, and artistic
understanding that has enhanced my
knowledge. There are faux finishers and then
there are artists. You are an artist in
every way! Thank you so much for sharing
your art! '
Melanie Palma, Richmond
I am very fortunate to
have studied the Buon Fresco techniques at
your Academy! I have not seen
anyone who does the Buon Fresco style of
Venetian Plaster in New England. I
stay very competitive! My
customers are blown away by the smoothness
of my Italian Plaster work. there is
nothing that compares to mine! All the
plaster art here is the same run of the mill
stucco that anyone can do and everyone does.
No one can compete with me. I just did
a theater room for a client, in bright
orange. It's killer! Though things
have been slow up here for other artists, I
continue to have work. Thank YOU!"
Allen Koehler, New Hampshire
MARBLING IN VENETIAN PLASTER [VPIII ]
I would describe the
Marbling Columns Class as a fabulous experience
of technique, exploration and personal
John Howe, Ashburn VA
Following the Venetian Plaster III [Marbling]
Class, graduate William Lai of Ashburn, VA, was
contracted to do 1,500 Square Feet of Venetian
Plaster as Marble. He wrote the Academy to
tell us - "I'll be busy for months!"
William Lai September
For the first
time in any Marbling Classes, I became one with
the techniques. I would definitely
recommend the class, but then:
I love the
fine-art-level- of classes at Buon Fresco's
Academy! Linda ONeil, Reston VA
back in Texas and I just won a huge contract
doing Marbling on Columns!" Cheryl T.
"I went to Heaven!
The COLOR Class is La Creme de la Creme!"
Michelle Lane, Alexandria VA
"The Class was a
feast of knowledge! I would recommend the
Color Class to everyone in a very loud emphatic
voice and describe it to other artists as the
most useful and comprehensive Color Course on
the Planet, as well as more fun and fascinating
than any other color class I have ever taken!"
Linda ONeil, Reston VA
REVELATION about Color! I could take the Color
Intensive Course over and over again" Michael
Ross, Clinton MD
The Color Class sets a benchmark for sample
Coley, Ridgefield CT
color classes in college, but nothing was ever
this comprehensive! We're in the process
of building a 9 bedroom house and I find, now
that I've taken your Color Class - That I know
what I'm doing! I have the confidence to make
decisions and direct my designers to give us the
house of our dreams. I'm so glad we found
you!" Jan Quiggins, Outer Banks, NC
'I wasn't sure what to expect, however I was
immediately impressed by the professionalism,
demeanor, and quality of the instruction and
materials. I learned far more than I
ever thought I would. I leave this class
with a richer understanding and appreciation for
an ancient art.
I will never look at a wall or color scheme the
same way again.
Victoria helped me to free the stymied,
constricted designer that resides within my soul
and expanded my mind - opening up new ways of
thinking and looking at color that I wouldn't
have considered before. Additionally her
'anything is possible' attitude has left me
utterly transformed. I am a better person
as a result. I look forward to
returning to San Francisco to apply what I have
learned here, knowing that now I have a distinct
advantage over other designers - and knowing in
my heart that I am capable of anything I
Chad Fox, San Francisco, CA
"When I told my
client that I had Venetian Plaster Samples I
wanted to show him, he told me he wasn't really
interested that he had 'seen all that before'.
Several times over the course of a job I was
working on for him - I reminded him that I had
boards to show him and always got the same-
'It's OK, I've seen Venetian Plaster before'.
But I brought the boards I did in your class in
from my truck anyway, and I showed him.
His jaws fell open and his eyes popped. He said
'I've never seen anything like that
Zdeneck Ullman, NYC
"I was blown
away! I loved learning your method!
Among the ways I�ll benefit professionally from
this class will be the confidence I�ll have when
showing potential clients the great sample
boards I now have to show!"
Plaster Class was VERY INFORMATIVE! ACTION
PACKED! ...will be very useful for
my business. I am completely
satisfied with what I've learned!"
Inman, Midland VA
"I took your
Venetian Plaster Class 2 years ago. The
techniques I have learned from you have helped
my business grow tremendously. I am now in
greater demand and have a much larger client
radius in New York. Thank you!"
Cindy Hill, Big Flats, NY
"I enjoyed the
instruction so much I was whistling all the way
Lilly Starr, Potomac MD
I" count this
time of learning one of the highlights of my
life. I can go so much further now than
before! You have made a rich deposit into my
life and work!"
Plaster Class is the best! I most
definitely recommend this class.
this secret OUT!" Michael Ross, Clinton MD
Even having experience in Venetian Plaster, I
learned SO much more. I would definitely
recommend this class to other artists!"
Richards, Lakeworth FL
found your Venetian Plaster instruction not
difficult. You guided my hand and I
got it! I already finished
a job and walls look great! I
believe that I will receive new jobs, because
like maestro, I am much better than the workers
I see around me. Biggest thanks from the
bottom of my heart for all what you put in
classes and our souls!"
Igor Vinokur, New York, NY
impressed me the most I the business class was
the proven business policies. The
information will save valuable time, money and
grief. The Marketing & Business Class is a
MUST for anyone conducting a business in
Kathleen Cronin, Gainsville VA
Dear Victoria, "I came to The Academy of Wall
Artistry to add to my repertoire of faux
finishing as well as to learn the art and
science of Gold Leafing. Because of you,
I did. Not everyone is a teacher. You
Welch, New Orleans, LA
de como todo es facil, cuando un profesional
Daniel A. Jara, NY NY
"I am writing to tell you how much I enjoyed the
classes I recently took at Buon Fresco's
Academy. Throughout my 15 years in the
business I ahve taken several courses, but they
were nowhere near the caliber of the classes you
offer. I cannot recommend your sessions
highly enough!' George Mavlian, Annandale VA
I am SO glad I
took your Venetian Plaster training! Just
one day after graduating I got a job based on
the samples I made in the class! Your
instruction was EXCELLENT!
me up for the Gold Leafing Class!
William Lai, Ashburn VA
Venetian Plaster Intensive class I went from
artistically challenged to mixing my OWN colors
confidently and ready to start my own business!
As someone who is changing careers, this class
was the first day of the rest of my life!
Would I recommend The Academy to other artists?
I AM ALREADY SPREADING THE NEWS!
Nichole Quiggins, Outer Banks, NC
'How would you describe this [Venetian Plaster]
class to other decorative painters graduate
Zdeneck Ullman replied - 'A-
GOLD & METAL LEAFING
I HIGHLY recommend the Gold & Metal Leafing
Class. The instruction was THE BEST! Keith
/ Architects of the Capitol -Washington DC
Dear Victoria & Andre, Thank you so much for
teaching me the gold gilding technique. I
learn so much in the gold Leaf class, it make a
very good impact for my business. Since I
added the gold gilding into my service, the
sales in my business increase over 30%! My
clients love the touch of gold, distress gold
leaf ceiling, the Venetian Plaster Marble
Columns, and especially the gold leaf molding
along the Venetian Plaster walls! It makes
the room looks so elegence! I will send
you pictures later. I am highly recommend
the good gilding class to anyone who want to get
involve in decorating. thanks again with
your teaching and freindly advice to my jobs
after the class. It make me run my
business much easier than I think!' Yours
Sincerely, William Lai,
Creative Design, Ashburn, VA
will ONLY ever recommend your classes when I
at the amount of information given in the
Decorative Painting Class. The specific
techniques taught in this class are SO much more
elegant than the usual finishes.
WONDERFUL! Cece Koons, Potomac,
THE TRILOGY OF DECORATIVE COURSES
COURSE WAS LIKE OPENING UP A JEWEL BOX!"
Francelyn Emmanuelli Puerto Rico
first day of classes I had mentally hired my
Painter and Interior Designer! I knew I
CAN DO THIS! The information was excellent and
the pace of the class.. PERFECT!!"
Irene Moorehead Bethany Beach,
"Where else can
you get such advanced training and launch a
career in less time and for far less than a college course?" Lily Starr, Potomac MD
"I would give
a great reference for The Academy but I would
want to keep it a secret in
where I live!" Maria Gonzalez, Puerto Rico
Columns with Venetian Plaster Course EXCEEDED my
already excited expectations. I�ve taken
several marbling classes, this was the first
time I was shown exactly how to do the veining!" Linda ONeil, Reston VA
MARKETING & BUSINESS COURSE
"If I had
taken this class this time last year, I would
have saved myself about
15 thousand dollars in losses!"
Oscar, Baltimore MD
Marketing & Business Class was VERY INFORMATIVE!
A lot of issues were brought up that I would
never have thought of. This class will
save me from a lot of mistakes that would have
discouraged me from starting a business."
Veronica Perez, Glenn Allen VA
for suggestions to help us improve our classes,
Michelle Lane of Alexandria,VA,
wrote: "DON'T MOVE"!!