The Faux School

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Redecorating one’s home invites commentary from houseguests and the poltergeist whose easy chair you threw away. Follow your vision with this Groupon.

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  • $119 for any one-day home-decorating workshop with a panini lunch (a $300 value)
  • $149 for a two-day Old World Textures wall-painting workshop with a panini lunch (a $600 value)<p>

One-day workshop options include classes such as Venetian Plaster 101, during which decorative artist Ron Layman teaches students how to manipulate lime-based Toscano plaster into polished wall murals in a three-step process. During the two-day Old World Textures workshop, decorators explore techniques for creating six tactile finishes on walls. Participants fuel creative energies with panini lunches from Lunchbox, owned by chef Bryan Voltaggio of Top Chef fame. Assorted panini offerings include the Pilgrim with turkey and cranberry compote, lamb with eggplant relish, and portobello with local goat cheese. Each sandwich is paired with fresh fruit and drinks.<p>

The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Oct 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Must be 17 or older or be accompanied by guardian. Must sign waiver. Subject to availability. Promotional value must be used in 1 visit. 1-week advance appointment required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About 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.

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