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2017 IDAL Convention:  October 17th - 22nd

We are delighted to offer IDAL members this amazing experience at the Grandover Resort & Spa in Greensboro, North Carolina for the 2017 IDAL Convention. How excited are you to visit High Point Market, and be up close and personal with all the New Trends? Are you ready to network with other Decorative Painters from across the country and the globe? Want new finish ideas to reload your inspiration catalogue? How about diving into the industry genius pool and learn some new business concepts?

Below you will see the list of courses from industry icons from around the world. There are numerous one- and two-day decorative paint seminars and workshops in various categories that are sure to help expand your techniques and overall business skills.

YOU can be a part of this one-of-a-kind event!  See you in Greensboro, NC at the Grandover Resort & Spa. #IamIDAL

Grandover Hotel Registration
Join us at the picturesque Grandover Resort rising above the foothills of North Carolina.  Restaurants, Bar, Pool Tables, Shuffle Board, Walking & Biking Trails, Spa with access to Fitness area, Sauna, Swimming Pool, Golf & more.

Verre Eglomise
Taught by Annie Lemarie   
Three - 4 hour segments = 1 Class
Saturday, October 
21, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The class introduces both traditional and modern techniques for reverse gilding and painting on glass. Students learn mirror-finish and matte-finish applications, techniques for handling and applying gold leaf various methods to create decorative images and patterns, and techniques for shading and coloring the leaf. Students will complete one 11 x 14 work of art, and create several architectural effects on subway tile – sized glass, perfect for sales. We will use 22 and 23K gold leaf, white gold, palladium, aluminum and copper leafs. The class uses water based sizes and coloring agents, denatured alcohol, alcohol ink, and shellac. We also explore the use of materials used in the decorative painting world, like stencils, mica, powders, varnishes, glazes, even crackle and glass beads. Students are expected to create a unique design during the class, utilizing your own drawing skills, stencils or patterns that will be brought to the class.Learning the skills of Verre Eglomise helps the artisan develop new offerings for designers and clients, such as furniture panels, table tops, handmade mirrors, backsplashes, high-quality crafts as well as fine art applications and window signage. The techniques learned in this class can not only be used on glass, but for surface applications as well, such as furniture and architectural elements.

Students should bring the following: paper towels (just a few), small artist brushes (less than 1 inch flat, rounds, including a fine round brush (#00 or 000), an artist's mop brush and a small Hake brush, pencil, Sharpie marker. You are welcome to bring a design of your choice, a favorite stencil, or a design reference book/ program.

The major piece will be tempered glass, the smaller pieces will be double weight window glass. We recommend that you bring two pieces of soft cushy material (like 1 inch foam rubber or cotton batting) and two pieces of corrugated cardboard cut slightly larger than 11 x 14 for transporting your glass home.

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 Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1
 $325  $390

Photography and Promoting Your Decorative Art
Taught by Butch Ogelsby  
1 Day Class
Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

As a decorative artist you want to be able to show and promote your work, but it's not very portable. So the answer is high quality photographs that will represent you and your work in a way that will give potential clients a great representation of what you can do and in a way that says you are a true professional. 

In other words, you probably don’t want blurry cell phone photos that have a bright spot in the middle caused by the on-camera flash. In our seminar we will discuss the techniques that anyone can learn and employ, no matter what your photography skill level may be. We will discuss the merits and uses of all types of cameras from cell phones to high end DLSRs. Lighting essentials will be covered and we will demonstrate how to use various equipment from natural existing light, strobes, constant lights and perhaps even flashlights. Color balance will covered as well. In our second session we will take it to a deeper level by discussing how to edit in Photoshop to get the most out of your images. We will cover the basics and demonstrate some advanced techniques. You will learn how to create web and print versions of your images and how to layout brochures and other print materials in Photoshop. A basic understanding of Photoshop will be helpful. Finally, we will go over some ideas on how to incorporate your photographs into mixed-media pieces.

Tools needed:

  • Laptop
  • Camera if they have one
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 Through Aug. 31  Sept. 1
 $250 $350

V-Mask Foils & Vinyl Stencils
Taught by Cindy Andrews 
1 Day Class
Friday, October 20, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Cindy will share what you need to know to have a successful foil job. When you leave, she would like for you to have the knowledge of all areas that foils and vinyl stencils can be used as well as to know other surfaces and ideas of different kinds of projects that you can go after to expand your business.

    • Wall preparation - how to prep the surface, what to do once you get the pattern.
    • Reviewing the different adhesive size's on the market.
    • The tools you need for the process.
    • Inspiration for where foils work best & what causes failure and how you can make sure you have success.
    • What you need to know about vinyl stencils including reviewing the different kinds of vinyl materials that are available and the different places that they can be used from an All over Pattern, Dome, Groin, Enlarged Patterns to Large Ceiling Patterns, floors, and just a single use design.
    • How to measure the different areas and get the information so the job can be laid out well.
    • How to gather the information that you will need for your project. The importance of the right pattern and the right size.  Where to get inspiration, then how to take it from inspiration to reality.

    This will be a hands-on class with the students needing to bring the "Standard Supplies" with them.  All samples will be done on Polystyrene Boards. If time permits we will have a couple of extra examples we can work on. Shipping will be the responsibility of the student.

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     Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

    The Human Form: The Source
    Taught by Clayton J Beck III
    Four - 4 hour segments = 1 class
    Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.,  1 p.m. - 5 p.m., & Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.,  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Proportion, design, gesture, construction, composition and sense beauty all come from our disproportionately large sections of our brains dedicated to viewing other human beings. Nothing is more interesting, romantic, curious, engaging or beautiful than each other.

    This workshop will introduce and reacquaint us with the exploration of one another. Through drawing and painting we will explore the human continence and make tangible our ideas of line, value, lighting etc.

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     Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

    Recipes for Success
    Taught by David Hsueh  
    1 Day Class
    Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    David Hsueh of Bella Vista Studio has built a solid reputation for  producing quality decorative finishing throughout Southeast Asia since 2006, like Venetian Casion Macau, Sofitel Hotel Macau and Shanghai Disney to luxurious homes in Shanghai.

    In this class, David will demonstrate and walk you through a few of his “simply elegant” signature Bella Vista finishes. These simple recipes and techniques are proven successful money makers again and again, job after job.

    This class is set up to standardize the application and help the level one applicator to improve their skill in a short time.

    These finishes are ready to use on walls and ceilings.

    By the end of this class students will learn to use simple tools and just 3-4 layers to create 8 beautiful decorative finishes.

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     Through Aug. 31  Sept. 1

    Glitz, Glam & Glitter
    Taught by Donna Phelps 
    1 Day Class
    Friday, October 20, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    This course is designed to provide students with the latest ideas in the study of decorative painting using contemporary approaches and a variety of painting techniques. Focus will be on the study of current trending modern and glam styles with bling and sparkle embellishments, their methods of application, and the cutting edge products and materials utilized in their execution. Additional emphasis is placed on learning about and understanding how to use light reflective embellishments and new sparkle embedded materials along with the application of easy to execute yet sophisticated ground textures. Tools, materials and painting techniques will be demonstrated by the instructor and explored and executed by the student. This is a one day class with 5-6 finishes to be completed in class on pre-based polystyrene boards.

    Students will build skills and a personal body of work through the completion of a collection of samples showcasing traditional and contemporary painting methods with an emphasis on:

    • Product education and training on select new Faux Effects products appropriate to the style featured and Embella Mirror Glitz Embellishments products including a variety of colors, sizes and styles of industrial grade glitters and glass. Idea discussion of easy methods of utilizing these new products and embellishments to tone past decoratively painted surfaces and update older portfolio finishes in new imaginative and reflective ways.

    • Explanation of the surface qualities of various base coating materials and how it affects your subsequent finish application time, product coverage, and the final look of the finish executed.

    • Methods of Application that ensure proper preparation of the surface and provide appropriate basecoats, provide background finishes that complement next-layer embellishments, aid in displaying the materials’ interaction with light and ensure durability, complete final finishes that include but are not limited to full field glittered wall applications, translucent glittered glazes over metallic or non-metallic backgrounds, texture applications with embedded sparkle, stand alone finishes that may be customized for your client with the additional application of surface embellishments as follows or left just as is in their beautiful and glimmering simplicity.

    • Methods of Application of Surface Embellishments include but are not limited to stenciling on a glittered ground finish, stenciling with Glitz/Glitter, both dry and wet, using a Glitter Gun for broadcast application of Glitz/Glitter Embellishments, using a pattern roller and/or other tools to create a positive or negative application of pattern or non-stenciled design and/or pattern and dimension.

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     Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

    Rustic and Reclaimed
    Taught by Gary Lord  
    1 Day Class
    Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Gary Lord is recognized as an international artist, teacher, author and television personality. Gary's work has won a total of 10 National 1st Place Awards for Best Faux Finisher of the Year by the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America and by the American Painting Contractor. Gary has been teaching his award winning finishes for over 25 years to thousands of students nationally and internationally. He believes by operating his own decorative painting business, Gary Lord Wall Options and Associates Inc., he can better share the real "tricks of the trade" and practical business knowledge he has gained in over 42 years with the students in each class.

    The focus on this class is for the students to learn how to imitate wood, metal, brick or concrete in a paint finish. In this hands on class the students will make five finishes that use wood graining tools, specialty rollers, trowels, oxidizing paints and more. The finishes that will be learned are strapped ball peen copper with rivets, reclaimed weathered wood, urban concrete panels, distressed brick, and rusted steel girders with bolts. All of these I have completed on projects and will share tips and tricks of doing these treatments in large scale areas, including pricing and material cost per sq ft. 

    Students will need to bring a basic tool supply kit plus a stainless steel trowel. All other tools and products will be provided by instructor.

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     Through Aug. 31  Sept. 1

    Chinese Fakeout
    Taught by Helen Morris  
    1 Day Class
    Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Chinese hand painted scenic wall papers are one of the most coveted interior decoration products but are out of reach of most budgets.

    Here is your opportunity to learn how to achieve an authentic alternative. The class aims to equip you with technique, ideas and inspiration to create the look of luxurious, Chinoiserie murals by using stencils. This is cost effective in both time and money and offers control of colour, scale and style of the finish to you the decorative painter. A grounding in various stencil skills forms the core of the class; hand painted and gilded embellishments will be explored along with ideas for backgrounds. A specially designed stencil will be given to students and a generous discount will be offered towards a set of Chinoiserie stencils to help start you on what could become a very profitable addition to your repertoire. Chinoiserie papers continue to be an aspirational item and their desirability shows no sign of waning. The stenciled alternative will not be cheap but will offer a hand crafted customized version at a price available to a wider clientele.

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     Through Aug. 31  Sept. 1

    Basic Stenciling (aka A grounding in stencil skills)
    Taught by Helen Morris  
    Sunday, October 22, 10 a.m. - Noon

    Stencils are a versatile tool that can offer huge scope to the repertoire of decorative painters once a few basic techniques have been mastered.  The purpose of this class is to provide a good foundation on which to further build stenciling skills. It will give you the confidence to use stencils efficiently and successfully.  Students will learn to control the paint to achieve sharp imprints using stencil brushes and paint rollers. Overlays, pattern repeats, shading and blending color are all practiced on the class and planning will be discussed along with applications for different surfaces. 

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     Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

    How to Stencil Fabric Successfully
    Taught by Helen Morris  
    Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Add a new dimension to your decorative skills with stenciled fabric. No ladders or scaffold involved! Stunning results can be achieved on curtains, soft furnishings and clothing.  Color matches for interiors can be achieved with ease allowing another dimension to your decorative work. The provided set of stencils will be suitable for many projects not just for fabric. The mechanics of the project apply to wall, furniture and floor finishes too.

    The class will involve mitering corners, measuring, making panels, repeating pattern, color blending and the use of metallic with matte paint. We will practice on both dark and light backgrounds.  Preparation of cloth will be discussed as well as paints, mediums and technique. We will stencil onto two different fabrics; one will be velvet because it is one of the more difficult materials to decorate; one will be a cushion cover. By the end of the class students will understand which fabric, media and method work well and how to tackle various colors and weights of material. They will have learned and practiced my techniques for stenciling fabric.

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     Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

    Surface Sampler
    Taught by Karen Kratz-Miller & Liz Herrmann  
    Two - 4 hour segments = 1 class
    Saturday, October 21, 1 
    p.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    In this fun, fast-paced class, students will reproduce six samples using a variety of tools and techniques, combining multiple product lines and embellishments.  Karen and Liz will also show examples of design and color options inspired by these finishes.  Discover how to transform a sparkly purple plum blossom into a striking black and white graphic, or a stunning tone-on-tone linen panel! Learn how to manipulate the directions and/or colorway to suit your clients, your surface and yourself.

    The class notebook includes nine detailed recipes covering the six samples and three bonus variations.

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     Through Aug. 31  Sept. 1

    Using Texture in New Ways
    Taught by Karyn Meyer-Berthel  
    Friday, October 20, 1 
    p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Working with tintable, versatile textural coatings just became easier and more enjoyable than ever.  Get to know the new line of Lifestyle Finishes from Golden Paintworks.  These textures create natural surfaces like slate and rustic cement, or smooth soapstone.  Each texture has its own character and can be mixed or altered to get a range of finishes.  This class will show you the basics of these textures along with topcoating ideas.  

    Using a range of tint-able, versatile textural coatings is easier and more user-friendly than ever. Get to know the new line of Golden Paintworks Lifestyle Finishes™ and how to use them to create natural looking surfaces, such as elegant stone, aged iron and rustic cement. Each texture has its own character and can be mixed or altered to get a range of finishes. This class will show you the basics of theses textures, several ways to apply each, how to tint, glazing options and ideas for topcoats.

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     Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

    Glass Bead Bonanza
    Taught by Sue Scott  
    Friday, October 20, 8 
    a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Take your portfolio to the next level with the unique beauty of The One & Only HOLLYWOOD & JEWELRY COLLECTION FINISHES! Introduce your customers to the stunning beauty of SOLID COVERAGE GLASS BEAD FINISHES for walls ,ceilings, backsplashes, floors & counter tops. You will learn the proper prep, when to top coat & what to use. We will also review how to estimate product costs. Samples will include our EXCLUSIVE HOLLYWOOD & JEWELRY finishes in our NEWEST color combinations. 

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     Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

     Chroma Karma

    Taught by Lesile Nesbitt  
    One day class
    Friday, October 20, 
    8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    This class is not for the timid. If you are ready to jump out of the ‘closet color box’ then let’s ride this wave together. In this hands-on class, we will celebrate a passion for color, texture, creative freedom, craftsmanship and design. We will explore a variety of ideas involving, creative processing, selfexpression, composition, design, layering, and much more. Students will work with a range of decorative painting products and mediums such as mica powders, foils, plasters, handmade papers, glitters, stencils and stamps, just to name a few. Students will create luscious, rich, and unique finishes that are applicable in just about any aesthetic and/or stand alone as art. Students will create 6 o 8 samples.

    Students will learn a variety of ideas collage, creative processing, self-expression, composition, design, layering, and much more. • Students will leave with color confidence, and a baseline understanding of their own style aesthetic for incorporating pattern mixing and color.

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     Through Aug. 31  Sept. 1

    Magical Transformations

    Taught by Mave Alft  
    Two - 4 hour segments = 1 Class
    Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m. -12 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Each student will create 6 unique and proven best selling sample boards in a variety of design styles. They will then learn how to transform those finishes in multiple ways to diversify their portfolio from contemporary to traditional...with mid century, modern, old world and classic designs included so they are sellable to all clients and designers.

    Students will leave class with 6 portfolio ready sample boards, created with a variety of trowels, tools, plasters and paints, plus embellishments; a total of 18 recipes and product knowledge of Metropolis & Faux by Kathy products. They will have the confidence to transition finish techniques learned in class to fit a variety of decorating styles making business more profitable. Students will each receive detailed notebooks with recipes, data sheets, pricing on products, and color photos of sample boards.

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     Through Aug. 31  Sept. 1

    Reactive Metals & Patinas
    Taught by Melody Peacock Brooks  
    Four - 4 hour segments, equals 1 class
    Friday October 20, 
    8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    This is a full 2 day, hands-on class, that teaches you the basics of the Modern Masters Metal Effects and discover the secrets of how to combine and manipulate to create amazing, one of a kind finishes that can be displayed as art, used on walls, ceilings, floors, or furniture.  We will introduce you to the Artisan Enhancements product line of Pearl Plaster, VP Antico, Foil and Sizing that will be used with the patina finishes. Wood Icing Textura Paste will be used with stencils provided by Artisan Enhancements and Cutting Edge to create smooth and raised stenciling. 14 sample boards will be completed, some on polystyrene and some on wood.  A detailed workbook is provided, with step by step color photos, to help you reproduce each finish when you go home.  One of the samples will be a collage of the techniques you have learned and made into a silhouette wall-hanging.  Another will be a small tray that you apply 2part epoxy over the patina.

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     Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

    Creating Faux Marble
    Taught by Patricia Swanson  
    2 - 4 hour segments, equals 1 class
    Saturday, October 21, 8
     a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    The class will teach seven basic techniques that are used in the creation of production faux marbles, and each student will complete three sample boards: Green Serpentine, Travertine, and White Carrara faux marble. Several techniques will be used on each board with a variety of tools. As the techniques can be combined in a plethora of ways – we will discuss methods in which these processes can be mixed to create fantasy marble variations for the student’s future clientele.


    Additionally, Patricia will teach the “Rules of Asymmetrical Balance.” Which, once employed, will enhance every organic finish the student can create. Patricia has used these rules for 30 years, not just using the rules to make her faux marbles more beautiful and realistic, but she has also employed the rules in the structure of murals, many other finishes, and even while landscaping her yard (!)


    The students will receive a printed handbook of faux marble terms, including the “rules”, and all the recipes that are used in class. The handbook will suggest recipe variations for larger jobsite applications, surface preparation (such as preparation of concrete for fireplaces and columns, vs the preparation of walls or floors) and useful suggestions.

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     Through Aug. 31Sept. 1

    Classic Graining Techniques
    Taught by John & Greg  
    1 Day Class
    Friday, October 20,  8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Join profaux.com in the heart of the furniture design industry! The big trend in 2017 will be making more room for natural elements. Painted furniture is stepping aside for natural wood finishes, dark or light. Natural wood is one of the easiest ways to add both warmth and texture to a room. Wood finishes help you accomplish a look that’s always comfortable and inviting. Whether imitating reclaimed oak or open mahogany shelves, wood finishes pair nicely with metal chairs, florals, plaster walls and pastel hues.

    Trendworthy wall, woodwork and furniture appropriate woodgrain finishes will be taught in this intensive hands-on workshop led by John and Greg of profaux.com. Learn centuries old mixed media techniques using artist grade pigments and custom made glazes.  This class exists to train individuals in the art of graining. Graining waxes and wanes with current trends but never goes completely out of style. Exercising faux bois is eco-friendly especially with respect to endangered wood species. Graining helps separate painters from the pack. A good portfolio of graining can open many doors (no pun intended). Students will learn how to use specialty tools, how to custom mix glazes and subtle differences between various woods including color, grain, texture and figure. Pricing will also be discussed.

    Students will leave with a better understanding of proper surface preparation, selecting better basecoat colors, tempering glazes to suit dry times, demystifying woods they wish to imitate, selective toning using artist pigments, use and care for specialty graining tools,  pricing their specialty work.

    ProFaux workshops are hands-on, maximum of 20. All materials are provided including step-by-step workshop manual, primed and base coated 14”x20” polystyrene sample boards, use of specialty graining tools, artist pigments, buckets, sponges, paper towels, etc. All levels are encouraged.

    Students will learn and have the confidence to reproduce walnut burl, cherry, Birdseye maple and plain cut mahogany. These finishes will unlock the mysteries to many other woods including pine, alder, oak and ziricote. Students gather close to see short demos then return to their tables to practice particular woodgrain techniques. ProFaux techniques are designed specifically to maximize dry times and eliminate wasted trips.

    Students receive a no-gimmick manufactures’ product vouchers totaling over $100. This affordable workshop will make professionals more money when graining because our methods can be applied to any paintable surface, not just flatwork! As always, ProFaux offers a money back guarantee* if not satisfied. *Students that are not satisfied halfway through the program may leave without class materials and receive a full refund for the class.

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    This is a flat door!

     Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

    Laser Focus
    Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
    Friday, October 20, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    Are you offering too many things to too many people? Are you maximizing your time and your marketing money? Learn how to focus your efforts to reach the clientele who will support and value your skills and keep your business profitable. 

    By the end of this class, you will:

    • Define your brand concisely
    • Determine your price point
    • Understand your buyers path to sales
    • Focus your product/service collection
    • Ways to connect and target your audience

    Through August 31  Sept. 1

    Diversity Round Table - FREE
    Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
    Friday, October 20, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    The model for successful enterprises in the future will be collaborative. Our industry has suffered from a fragmented message, dated image and a changing marketplace. IDAL believes that a vibrant discussion focused on specific topics would be welcome so Rebecca Slaton will moderate a panel of industry experts to explore 2 specific topics. 

    This panel discussion would focus on:

    • The diversity of potential finishers, instructors and clients including age, race, ethnicity and gender.
    • Crafting the message to the audience.
    • Specific strategies for reaching the audience.
    • Maintaining the network over time.
    These roundtable discussion are free and all attendees are invited and encourage to participate.  This is an open discussion and your voice is valued so please bring your questions, concerns and good ideas.

     Through Aug. 31

    Niche Marketing
    Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
    Friday, October 20, 
    10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

    The social network is a crowded place. Are you making the most of digital story- telling to reach your customer? Even if you are not computer savvy, there are ways to take advantage of the diverse networks. 

    This class will cover:

    • Differences in social media such as Pinterest, You-Tube, Instagram, Snapchat and Podcasts.
    • Which format is the best fit and focus for your business
    • How to use Search Engine Optimizing (SEO) in your on-line marketing
    • Developing an action plan for yourself or if hiring someone that maximizes your marketing time and dollars.

       Through August 31
      Sept. 1

      Tradeshows, Home Shows and Presentations
      Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
      Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

      Getting your story in front of your audience. 

      The most successful small businesses know that you’re selling yourself as much as a product or service.  And the best way to sell yourself is face to face!

      This class will cover:

      • Shows, presentations and client types.
      • Ways to choose the best shows for reaching your audience.
      • Developing a booth or presentation that cohesively tells your story and attracts your specific audience.
      • Networking
      • Trade show and home show etiquette

         Through August 31
        Sept. 1

        Alternative Revenue Streams for a Mature Market - Free
        Taught by Rebecca Slaton  
        Saturday, October 21, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

        The model for successful enterprises in the future will be collaborative. Our industry has suffered from a fragmented message, dated image and a changing marketplace. IDAL believes that a vibrant discussion focused on specific topics would be welcome so Rebecca Slaton will moderate a panel of industry experts to explore 2 specific topics. 

        This panel discussion would focus on:

        • Identifying income generating products/services for aging finishers.
        • Specific strategies for adding these skill sets.
        • Ways to cooperatively work with diverse networks.
        • Working with on-line outlets for e-commerce, art representatives, and community collectives.

        These roundtable discussion are free and all attendees are invited and encourage to participate.  This is an open discussion and your voice is valued so please bring your questions, concerns and good ideas.

         Through Aug. 31

        Preservation By Design
        Taught by Tessa Wood-Woolard  
        Friday October 20th, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

        Topics of discussion during the tour will center around design as a tool for preservation: 

        • Painting for authenticity on a preservation project [materials, types of paint, application
        • Transferring old wallpaper patterns to stencil designs
        • Applications for tile, upholstery and walls
        • Restoration of existing decorative arts finishes 
        • Preserving chippy paint for use as is in a new environment 
        • Alternative uses for venetian plaster finishes to age/recreate ceiling medallions

        Open topic discussion:

        • The authenticity of restoration finishes vs faux
        •  Bridging the gap between authentic and faux with new finishes/materials
        • Developing authentic formulations for preservation design

         Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1
        $75 + Transportation Fee (TBD)
        $90 + Transportation Fee (TBD)

        The Art of the Focal Wall
        Taught by Kathy Wear  
        Three 4 hour segments = 1 class
        Saturday, October 21st 1-5pm, Sunday, October 22nd 8am - Noon,  1p.m. - 5 p.m.

        This class will focus on wall finishes that are proven sellers in the field. The main area of concentration will be the focal wall.

        The students will leave the class knowing how to use a wide variety of products from Perfetto Paints and Plasters to create unique artistic focal walls and how to plan and execute these finishes on the wall.  They will also inerstand how to trowel different layers, including glazing, stenciling and making troweling mediums with micas and crushed glass. Students will learn to minimize steps.

         Through Aug. 31 Sept. 1

        Nova Color
        Taught by Chris Burke  
        Three 4 hour segments = 1 class
        Friday October 20th, 8am - Noon, 1 - 5pm; Saturday October 21st, 8am - Noon

        Mr. Faux will detail the NovaColor products and teach the hands on - wall samples.  NovaColor | Prodotti decorative made in Italy (www.novcolor.it) This Day and Half class combining demonstrations and hands-on opportunities - will cover High End faux finishes.  Students will learn how to combine mica, reactive paint and plasters to produce some of todays most lucrative faux finishes - including Ironic and Swahili from Eco Wall Coatings, a distributor of Nova Color Italy.

        Bonus for each student attending - NovaColor  Swag Bags, Including brochures with actual chip samples! Also, a CO.ME Venetian Plaster Trowel ($50 value)

         Through Aug. 31  Sept. 1

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