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Graining and Marbling

 

MODULE I:  The Art of graining and faux marble

Come and join us in beautiful southwest France to study with a master in the art of graining and marbling!  In this class Michel Nadaï will show you how to paint imitation woods and marbles in a realistic manner.  You will discover and study how to properly use the tools that will help you in executig realistic renderings.  You will also learn how to make the various types of glazes that will allow you execute faux woods and faux marbles.  Besides hands-on practice with a renown master, small class size will allow for ample one-on-one training.  Each subject is covered in depth and each student will go back with the samples that they created in class.  You will not only learn the techniques but you will also be creating your own portfolio of wood graining and imitation marble. 


Outline of the program :*


A decorative painter's training starts with the essential steps, mainly with the study of graining and marbling: generalities, use of graining and marbling, glazes, palettes, learning how to use specific tools, learning the specific brushstrokes, studying the structure of the wood and/or marble, the color,  the effects, crystallization and overglaze.

In this course, each subject is studied thoroughly and in-depth.  
Michel will walk you through the entire process!
Daily practical and theoretical demonstrations are followed by immediate hands-on exercises.

What you will learn:

- Preparing the substrates
- How to care for your tools and other materials.
- How to properly use the various tools (brushes, steel combs, comté crayons...) in order to create convincing renderings.
- Study of the various species of wood.

- Study of how to execute realistic wood graining.
- Study of the various types of marble.
- Study of how to execute realistic marbles.
- How to prepare and use various kinds of glazes (oil-based, water-based...) in order to execute realistic woods and marbles.
- How to do the groundwork, the overglaze and crystallization.
- How to protect your work.


Training method and certification of the course - what to expect:
- Theoretical explanations and demonstrations on a daily basis.
- Immediate hands on practice through daily exercises.
- Students create individual samples of graining and marbling.
- Instructor folows through each student's progress on a daily basis.
- Students receive the school's Certificate upon completion of the course.

 

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Dates :  
September 17th, 2018 to October 19th, 2018 (5 weeks / 175 hours of training).


Venue :  Atelier Nadaï, 8 rue François Arago, 47000 Agen, France.
We are located in the town of Agen, which is conveniently located in between Bordeaux and Toulouse.  Agen can be reached by bullet train from Paris, either directly from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or from Montparnasse train station.  There are a number of domestic flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to either Bordeaux or Toulouse, from where Agen is just an 1 hour train ride.  For more information on accommodation in Agen and how to get to the new venue please don't hesitate to write to us.

Who can apply : 
This course is open to beginners or professionals looking for a complete and in-depth training in wood graining and faux marbles.

Instructors:

Michel Nadaï, recipient of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France award (Best Craftsman of France award).
Patrick Curmi (for the 1st week on preparing the surface).

Certification of the course : 
Students receive the school's Certificate upon completion of the course.  Certificate will mention that he or she studied with a recipient of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France award (Best Craftsman of France award).

 



To request course brochure please fill in the form on our CONTACT page

 


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Scroll down the page to discover the weekly program and to see more photos!


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WEEKLY PROGRAM

Week 1 - Preparing the substrates
September 17th to September 21, 2018 - 5 days
Preparation and protections of the substrates.


Week 2 - Wood Graining Level I
September 24th to September 28th, 2018 - 5 days
Pine (heart grain and straight grain), Maple (heart grain and straight grain), Oak (Straight Grain):

Generalities, glazes, palettes, learning how to use specific tools, learning the specific brushstrokes, studying the structure of the wood, the color, the effects, the overglaze.

Week 3 - Faux marble (marbling) Level I
October 1st to October 5th, 2018 - (5 days)
White veined marble, Portor marble, Rouge Languedoc marble:

Generalities, glazes, palettes, learning how to use specific tools, learning the specific brushstrokes, studying the structure of the marbles, the color, the effects, crystallization.

Week 4 - Wood Graining Level II
October 8th to October 12th, 2018 - (5 days)
Oak (heart grain and silver grain), Walnut (heart grain, straight grain, burl), Mahogany (flame), root of Thuya:

Generalities, glazes, palettes, learning how to use specific tools, learning the specific brushstrokes, studying the structure of the wood, the color, the effects, the overglaze.

Week 5 - Faux marble (marbling) Level II
October 15th to October 19th, 2018 - (5 days)
Sea Green marble, Yellow Sienna marble, Sarrancolin marble:

Generalities, glazes, palettes, learning how to use specific tools, learning the specific brushstrokes, studying the structure of the marbles, the color, the effects, crystallization.


*Outline of the program is for informative purpose; the program may therefore receive modifications if necessary
*Possibility of taking the module in its entirety, or taking the week(s) of your choice. Please contact school for more information and to learn about registration procedures.

Please contact school for course tuition by specifying exact week(s) you wish to attend.



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