Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a stunning sculpture, or front-yard hedges trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with today's Groupon to The Faux School in Frederick. Choose between the following options:
- For $99, you get an all-day workshop (a $295 value). Students younger than 17 must have parents’ consent to sign up. The class price includes snacks, beverages, and some materials—see individual course descriptions for details.
- For $15, you get a Faux 101 instructional DVD (a $29.95 value if bought in store, or a $34.95 value, including shipping, if ordered over the phone). This deal is not valid online.
North American Decorative Artist Association master painter and Faux School director Ronald Layman teaches students to beautify walls, ceilings, and household items with traditional faux finishes through on-site workshops or an instructional DVD. During workshops, groups of around 10 students gather in the school’s 5,000-square-foot studio to absorb artistic wisdom and plaster-themed knock-knock jokes from Ronald himself. In Venetian Plaster 101, he teaches students to prepare, tint, burnish, wax, and polish surfaces with methods used in Europe for hundreds of years, or students can apply marble-mimicking techniques from Faux Marble 101 to their bodies in order to perfect living-statue acts. Alternately, stay-at home artistes can absorb the basics of various techniques from the Faux 101 DVD, in which Ronald imparts the secrets of provincial cabinetry techniques, Old World Tuscan faux, and traditional Venetian plaster.
Originally constructed in 1829, The Faux School’s studio features 30-foot-high ceilings that soar above stained concrete floors, marbled columns, and inspiring wall murals and faux finishes. Color-balanced lighting ensures that no individual shade of the spectrum becomes sick from overwork.
The Faux School
Ron Layman's decorative indoor-painting instruction harks back to thousands of years of artisans' decorative and faux-finishing techniques. Drawing from the colorful traditions of neoclassical plaster finishes and trompe l’oeil techniques, his methods build on the past while incorporating modern styles of glazing and color washing. His commissioned work can be seen in private homes and commercial locales, and when he's not imbuing work and living spaces with his talents, Ron teaches multiple-day workshops in The Faux School studio nestled in Frederick's historical district.
Drawing on 20 years of experience as a master painter with the North American Decorative Artist Association and boasting the ability to spell Michelangelo, Ron guides artists of all levels through basic and advanced home-design techniques, incorporating paint, textured finishes, and lime-based Venetian plasters, which add depth to plain walls and floors. Ron also helps his students to explore new approaches to home decoration, with lessons that help students to take control of their environments or take steps toward forming their own home-decorating businesses, regardless of prior artistic experience.
35 S Carroll St.
Frederick, Maryland 21701