Faux Marble Veining Fundamentals Series with Pierre Finkelstein

Faux Marble Veining Fundamentals Series with Pierre Finkelstein




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Pierre Finkelstein has been teaching decorative painting all over the world since 1987. In addition to teaching individual students, he has demonstrated, taught and developed teaching curriculums for private organizations, businesses, and unions.  Formerly located in NYC, the Pierre Finkelstein Institute of Decorative Painting's in-person school in now located in Brooklyn, NY.  

Pierre Finkelstein is dedicated to teaching faux finishing techniques using the latest mediums and technology available. He teaches the efficient techniques that he uses on his own jobs in his NYC business, Grand Illusion Decorative Painting Inc. He shares his experiences with the students in an open forum and bases his information on real jobsite situations.  Pierre Finkelstein is dedicated to teaching the tradition of fine European decorative painting. His classes are designed to efficiently give a comprehensive explanation of the following elements of decorative painting:


 Standard teaching procedure:

    • Instruction on the correct use of color
    • Correct hand positioning and hand movement with the brushes
    • How to properly hold and use tools
    • An explanation of the characteristics of marble types, wood essence, and all other natural finishes
    • A series of drawings performed as practice exercises
    • Overview of technical information including different types of glazes, (oil vs. water)
    • Preparing your own glaze with any available products, (oil, acrylic, etc.)  


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Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, Pierre will break down the techniques clearly so you will be able to learn.   Please fill out this Survey  if you are interested in Online or In Person training with Pierre Finkelstein.  Please send us an email with your requests for the specific classes and ideal location.

This sketch-based instruction will be useful for all levels of painters. Pierre will break down veining in its simplest form by focusing on copying the structure of basic veined marble.    Learn how to paint realistic veins by understanding the structure and formation of the Fragments and Fissures of real marble.   

Please note: Streaming Access is available for 30 days after purchase

*  Materials used:   paper, pencil, veining brush, paint and personal brushes /  optional kit.  Paint colors needed for the cardboard exercises are Yellow Ocre, Black (or Paynes Grey), and White (or Titan Buff). BUY THE KIT TO PRACTICE ALONG: Veining Class Kit 

Class Descriptions

Part 1 - 
Pierre began by sketching while explaining direction and composition.   He used a veining brush to demonstrate how to hold a veining brush and body placement.   He completed several black and white sketched samples during the fundamentals class.  Pierre held an informative lecture on marble to aid in creating realistic veins.

Part 2 - Pierre dove deeper into the composition, fragmentation, brush handling to create a faster veining system, mini fragments, and "Z hooking."  He touched on small breccia veining, as well as multi-directional veining, counter pass cut veining, and veining exercised on cardboard.

Part 3 - Pierre took a closer look at Breccia veining (fragmenting) using the principals taught in lessons 1 & 2.  Pierre demonstrated some quick tricks and drills to develop faster Breccia marbling with a strong composition of fragments.  Pierre touched on how to vein a column, baseboard, handle corner returns, and general marble layouts but will dive deeper in lesson 4. 

Part 4 - Pierre demonstrates a couple more breccia, including Black & Gold and Seagreen. He also explains extensive marble layouts, veining on a column, pilaster, baseboard, and stiles & rails. He covers how to deal with return edges, painting pieces of marble on 3D surfaces such as fluted mantel pieces, ornaments, etc.

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