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Masterclass in Wood Graining and Imitation Marbling

Course Content :

  • In-depth coverage and discussion on choice faux woods and faux marbles. 

  • Supported / guided practice day.

  • Planned and prepped practical application.

  • Demonstrations, application support and correction guidance.

  • Daily, Individualised 1:1 support and guidance for hands on practice

  • Curtailed class size allows for individualised learning styles and focused 1:1 training. 

  • 40 hours of studio time

  • Active application of discussed learned material.

  • Set time on the last day for Q&A

  • Individual and qualitative support and guidance

Venue: SWRDECArt Studio - North County Dublin Ireland 

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Applications: This course is suitable for beginners and seasoned professionals alike. For those wishing to undertake an in-depth, practical and professional practice orientated course in specialist decorative wood graining and faux marbles.

Instructor: Shane Ralph Master Decorative Artist – Fellow of the Faculty of Decorative Arts, Member of the Irish Georgian Society, member of the Scottish Association of Painting and Craft Teachers

Certification: Students receive the studios certificate of professional  practice.

Programme outline:

  • Study of graining and marbling: types, regions, brief history.

  • Understanding and using graining and marbling, glazes, palettes,

  • Understanding hand movement, pressure and specific brushstrokes.

  • How to properly use tools (brushes, steel combs, burlap, cork etc)

  • Discuss and review the basics of wood / marble structures and compositions. various ways wood / marble is cut.

  • Discuss colour, crystallization and overglaze.

  • Caring for your tools and other materials: proper storage and cleaning.

  • Overview of graining

  • How to prepare and use various kinds of glazes: oil / Water based.


Outcomes upon completion: Upon completion you will have:

  • Created and completed your individual samples / Panels of graining / marbling

  • Have achieved a better understanding in all aspects of wood graining /  marbling.

  • Will have increased confidence in your approach.

  • Will receive the studios certificate of Professional Practice, upon completion of the course.

Decorative Painting by Shane Ralph Decorative Painting Ltd
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