Workshops

Since 1975, the Day Studio has taught professional high-end painted finishes, murals and color always maintaining the highest standards of technical and creative artistry. The Day Studio offers three areas of comprehensive study, Finishing Techniques, Mural Techniques, and Color Mastery. Small classes intensify learning and can open new areas of professional expertise. In the 1980's the Day Studio began teaching fractal geometry as part of the difficult but often ignored design aspect of instruction. Discovered in 1973, fractals have revolutionized learning in all fields especially art and interior design. Because Fractal proportions, Nature's way of seeing and measuring, guarantees natural balance and realistic beauty, learning to work with fractals gives you a competitive edge. By training the eye to see spatially, you learn to intentionally create hidden fractal chains and mathematical ratios in a finish or interior. Mastering Technique, Design and Color guarantees success in any artistic endeavor and creates a portable skill you can always use. Each of the three Day Studio two week workshops provide a portfolio and a thorough foundation of techniques, tools, applications, mediums, paint chemistry, preparation, glaze formulas, supply sources and practical guidelines for bidding, contracting, presentation and selling.

Workshop Calendar
Registration Information
 
Glazing, Marble, Plaster & Fractal Design
5 days - $1250/$400 deposit

Gilding & Metallic Patinas
5 days - $1250/$400 deposit

Glazing, Gilding & Graining
2 weeks - $2500/$750 deposit

Woodgraining
3 days - $750/$400 deposit

Color I - Lighting and Color, Mixing, Matching & Color Combination
5 days - $1250/$400 deposit

Color II - Color Consulting - Clients & Color Selection
5 days - $1250/$400 deposit

Color - Color Mastery
6 days - $1500/$500 deposit

Architectural Mural Technique & Trompe L'Oeil
5 days - $1250/$400 deposit

Floral Mural Technique & Trompe L'Oeil
5 days - $1250/$400 deposit

Mural Technique & Trompe L'Oeil
2 weeks - $2500/$750 deposit

Advanced Furniture Techniques - Oriental Lacquer & Screen Finishes
2 weeks - $3000/$750 deposit

Advanced Furniture Techniques - European Inlays & Chinoiserie
2 weeks - $3000/$750 deposit

Personalized One Day Workshops
1 day - $400

Glazing, Marble, Plaster & Fractal Layout
(5 days)
Glazing and color layering is translucent paint skillfully blended to create texture or smoothness on walls, floors, architectural moldings, cabinetry and furniture. Marbles are layered glazes with realistic depth, movement and flow. Plaster finishes are like opaque glazes. This powerful workshop teaches the three Laws of Fractals, the basis of all design layout and composition for any painted finish, which allows you to immediately recognize undesirable hidden repetition and patterns that disturb a finish. The accompanying workshop booklet saves you long hours of experimentation. Students produce a working portfolio of the most fashionable and useful stone, marble, glazed and plaster samples for presentation and selling.
 

 
Gilding & Metallic Patinas
(5 days)
High-end gilded finishes for flat and carved surfaces, acid-washed metallics for decorative special effects and old world, distressed patinas are important interior design options today. These elegant, exclusive finishes produce an eye-catching portfolio of useful decorative techniques and accent finishes for moldings, interior detailing, ceilings, walls and furniture. Metal leafed finishes and gilding, an indispensable component of a contractor's skills, techniques and portfolio.
   
Glazing, Gilding & Graining
(2 weeks)
This most important workshop teaches all the essential techniques needed for faux finishing and decorative art and produces a working portfolio of the most current and useful finishes. Master the skill of glazing and color layering to create finishes on walls, floors, architectural moldings, cabinetry and furniture. Create marbles and plasters with realistic depth, movement and flow. Become skilled at spotting and creating fractals, the basis of all design layout and composition for any painted finish, and be able to eliminate undesirable hidden repetition and patterns that disturb a finish.

Learn gold leafing and acid-washed metallics, decorative special effects and old world, distressed patinas for elegant high-end gilded finishes on moldings, interior detailing, ceilings, walls and furniture. Master the woodgraining techniques and variations in pattern and color of mahogany, walnut, oak and maple for realistic straight-grains, hearts, and burls to match existing woods and interiors. Create samples of stone, marble, gilded, woodgrain, glazed and plaster for presentation and selling, the complete foundation and finish portfolio of a fully skilled decorative artist.
   
Woodgraining
(3 days)
Woodgraining is used to accent and embellish interiors or match existing woods and is part of every contractors skill set. Realistic woodgraining is easy to learn with subtle variations in pattern and color distinguishing one wood from another. Patterns fall into three main categories, straight, heart (wavy), and burl (curly), and wood colors, though mostly brown, can be light or dark, with yellow, orange, or red undertones. Woodgraining technique applies a glaze, allows it to partially set and re-opens it with a brush or graining tool, then tones the color with a subtle overglaze. Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, Maple, Cherry, Stain mixing and color.
   
Color I - Lighting & Color: Mixing, Matching & Color Combination
(5 days)
The success of any finish or interior design scheme today is color. The lighting, climate, architecture, patterns, textures and scales along with client personality dictate the colors, design and finishes. Learn the three essential Laws of Color which cause the color shift created by adjoining colors, layered colors and the effects of natural and artificial lighting and feel confident choosing color. Create charts that quickly recognize the pigments in paint samples, fabric, carpet, and chip deck colors. Additional charts choose companion colors by identifying common ingredients for complete color schemes. The only way to learn to demystify how colors will react is by mixing colors and seeing them change. Find out how to identify a client's inherent color bias and overcome your own so clients are immediately happy with color choices. Fabric, carpet and rug samples are used to teach mixing, matching, correction and color combinations. For color consultants, interior designers, contractors, decorative artists and anyone in the business of recommending or specifying color.
   
Color II - Color Consulting: Clients & Color Selection
(3 days)
Color schemes are woven together along with design in important but not obvious ways. Great design and color combining depends on contrast levels and fractal proportions. Bring real life room situations to test color and design ideas and put together coordinated colors, related design ideas and finishes for floors, walls, ceilings and trim. Using manufacturer chip decks, determine pigment content and value. Focus is on the more difficult, hard to identify neutrals, and too easily shifted whites and yellows. Using complex color area rugs, you choose colors and predict what will happen when coverage goes from a small chip to an entire room. Learn how to use the LRV Percentage measurement to choose optimum contrast for color blocking, multiple values and sheens of one or several colors. Analyze and identify the pigment content in natural woods of floors and furniture to ensure common ingredients are present in selected colors. Create color bridges with multi-hued accent finishes using gilded and acid washed metallics and pearls. Become skilled at the huge design trend of subtle lighting and cast shadows to create nuanced color by illusion. Understand generational bias in design and color and determine a client's own psychological inclination for color. Then with confidence, coordinate entire color schemes for the total personalized look that a client wants and needs.
Color I is prerequisite.
   
Color - Color Mastery
(6 days)
A powerful color workshop specifically targeted for interior design, decorative art, color consulting and personal use make this workshop exceptional color training for contractors, decorative artists, interior designers and anyone in the business of recommending or specifying color.

The success of any finish or interior design scheme today is color. Light, climate, architecture and furnishings dictate color. Understand Light and control Metamerism with the three Laws of Color and Light and predict accurately color shift from the effects of natural and artificial lighting, adjoining and layered colors. Become skilled at the huge design trend of subtle lighting and cast shadows to create nuanced color by illusion. Really learn by mixing color and seeing how colors shift.

Using fabric, carpet and wood samples, learn to mix, match, correct and create complex color combinations. Determine pigment content and focus on the more difficult, hard to identify neutrals, and too easily shifted whites and yellows. Analyze pigment content in natural woods for floors and furniture to ensure common ingredients are present in other colors to be used. Learn how to use the LRV Percentage measurement to choose optimum contrast for color blocking and multiple values and sheens of one or several colors.

Color schemes are woven together with design in important but not always obvious ways. Great design and color combinations depend on contrast levels and fractal proportions. Bring real life room situations to test color and design ideas and coordinate colors with design for floors, walls, ceilings and trim. Learn how to use fractal chains in fabric patterns, textures, scales and colors. Learn to create color bridges with multi-hued accent finishes using gilded and acid washed metallics and pearls.

Create tools that quickly identify the pigments in paint, fabric and carpet, and chip deck colors. Create tools to pick companion colors easily for complex color schemes. Assigned complex color schemes, choose companion colors and predict what will happen when coverage goes from a small chip to an entire room.

Identify a client's genetic color bias and overcome your own so clients are empowered and immediately happy with color choices. Understand generational bias in design and color and determine a client's own psychological inclination for color. Then with confidence, coordinate entire color schemes for the total personalized look that clients want.
   
Mural Technique & Trompe L'Oeil
Mural workshops teach perspective, light source and shadow, shading and contrast, in beautiful, realistic fresco trompe l'oeil style. Fast, efficient measuring, transferring and drawing techniques organize three-dimensional realistic designs into background, middle ground and foreground and dramatically shortens execution time. Learn tricks from sign painting, scenic arts and graphic arts and the approach and proper sequence of application when designing and executing large complex murals. Life-size mural samples on cambric linen are the most popular vignettes and mural themes requested by interior designers and clients today.
  • ARCHITECTURAL MURALS includes panels, moldings, rosette, arch keystone, column, window/bookcase. 5 days.
     
  • FLORAL MURALS includes floral border and bouquet, acanthus scroll, bamboo trellis, vines, chinoiserie. 5 days.
 
Mural Technique & Trompe L'Oeil
(2 weeks)
Organize three-dimensional realistic designs from background to foreground, figure out the sequence of application when designing and executing large complex murals. Learn measuring, design and layout, modification, transfer and drawing techniques using practical techniques from sign painting, scenic arts and graphic arts. Master perspective, light source and shadow, shading and contrast using glazing techniques.

The Mural workshop teaches fast, efficient methods that dramatically shorten execution time. Each student creates twelve beautiful, life-size murals on cambric linen of the most popular vignettes and mural themes requested by interior designers and clients. Taught in realistic fresco trompe l'oeil style, architectural samples include panels, moldings, rosette, arch keystone, column, window/bookcase and floral samples include floral border and bouquet, acanthus scroll, bamboo trellis, vines, chinoiserie.
   
Advanced Furniture Techniques
Create beautiful, high-end furniture and objects you can use or market as a practical and portable skill. Learn the finishes, techniques and skills for gilding and decoration for fine furniture, painted cabinetry, wall art and original pieces. A finely painted finish possesses many features both visual and tactile. Color may vary from a pale wash to a chalky pastel, a transparent glaze or a rich vibrant lacquer. The surface may feel like a satin casing or be textured and pebbly. Applied decoration can be delicate, bold, witty, naive or sophisticated. The illusions of trompe l'oeil can be deftly used to imitate marble, marquetry, faux bois and precious stones. A beautiful painted finish captivates the viewer, looks effortless and never reveals the tool. Learn to create the illusive and subtle patinas that suggest the gentle passage of time. Wall screens and classic reproduction pieces are provided by the Day Studio.
  • EUROPEAN INLAYS & CHINOISERIE FINISHES - the beautiful inlays of ivory, porcelain, pietra dura, faux bois, marquetry and tortoise, applied design in chinoiserie and gilding on classic reproduction pieces. 2 weeks.
     
  • ORIENTAL LACQUER & SCREEN FINISHES - classic rub-through and recovery techniques of negoro-nuri, the raised techniques of hiramakie, takamakie and togodashi, the inlay techniques of kiri and eggshell, gilding and applied design on a classic oriental screen and pieces. 2 weeks.
All workshops teach the basics:
  • Research, develop and apply complex designs, analyze the proper sequence for finishing.
  • Prepare, fill, repair and prime surface for painting (wood, metal, plaster, etc.).
  • Become skilled at application of materials and paint, color, design, and antiquing.
  • Learn principles of positive and negative space and design composition; prepare templates.
  • Decorate with striping and apply decorative designs.
  • Apply various gilded and glazed finishes and patinas.
  • Learn traditional and contemporary matte gilding applications of Dutch metal, silver and gold leaf.
  • Varnishing and polishing.
 
Personalized One Day Workshops
You can also schedule individually planned instruction during non-teaching periods for a one day cost of $400. Personal one-to-one attention allows learning for a specific need or moving ahead to the next level of expertise.
  • to learn a specific finish or skill
  • color match a sample
  • choose the most efficient approach to a job
  • design help or planning
  • color consultation
  • a refresher
  • career guidance
  • for contractors, decorative artists and individuals
 

 

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Workshops are held at:
Day Studio
1558 7th St.
Oakland, CA 94607

WORKSHOP TUITION INCLUDES PAINTS, BRUSHES, TOOLS, SAMPLE BOARDS AND PROJECTS.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION, CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
1. Enrollment is by phone, fax, email or regular postal mail.
2. Deposit must accompany your registration. Balance of tuition is due first day of class, payable in U.S. currency with cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. We will acknowledge the receipt of your registration and payment by phone/fax/email within 24 hrs.
3. Approximately two weeks prior to the start of a workshop, registrants will be contacted to confirm attendance.
4. If you must cancel your reservations, a 14-day notice is required to receive a refund, less a $25.00 processing fee.
5. Some workshops have prerequisites.

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The Day Studio Workshop, Inc.
1558 7th St.  Oakland, CA 94607
Call: (415)626-9300 or (510)625-9200   Fax: (510)625-0122
Email: DSW@daystudio.com