Have you reached a point were you want to raise your skills and income to the next level and beyond? Do you feel like an artist trapped in a tradesman’s body?

This is an opportunity to invest in your own future. Learn the trade secrets handed down for centuries from world master Andrew Johnstone.

In a week-long intensive course you will become a classically trained artisan “Grainer and Marbler”, producing your own exhibition panels of woods and marbles and become a proud member of the Architectural Arts Guild.

On completion of the course, you should be able to repay your investment in the course with the first paid contract.

Starting with 4000 year journey of the development of the art we become familiar with some of the great masters of history (Thomas Kershaw, Ernest Dobson, William Holgate) Learn how to make paint and glaze and the fundamentals of composition, color theory and eye matching. Become familiar with the tools of the trade and how to setup and prepare the job site. We talk about the business of being an artist and how best to present yourself to designers and architects to maximize your reputation and income.

DAYS TWO & THREE: Woodgraining
Understand how a tree grows and how nature produces various cuts of figured wood. You will learn how to layer glazes and distemper from “flog to finish” to achieve rich and beautiful woodgrain on any surface.
You will be able to look at any wood and deduce how to match the base coat and overglazes to make a seamless match with natural timber and how to take on a front doors and cabinets to grain the styles, rails and muntins in the correct order.

You will produce your own exhibition panels of:

  • Oak (heart and quatersawn)
  • Birdseye Maple
  • Black Walnut Burl (oil and distemper)

DAYS FOUR & FIVE: Marbling
Marbling is the “gold standard” of a decorative artist skill and the thing by which clients (and other craftsmen) will judge. It is an older skill than Woodgraining and there are examples of painted marble at least 4000 years old.
What is marble and how is it formed inside the Earth? What are the different types of marble and how do we achieve a deep, glassy look that will convince anyone that it is real?
We will learn how to unravel ANY marble to see the stages of its reproduction, and learn how to complete the job vertically (essential)
By producing these three panels you will have a good grounding for most jobs that present themselves.
You will produce your own exhibition panels of :

  • Vert Da Mare
  • Classic White Vein (Carrara)
  • Fiore Da Pesco