Woodgraining Fundamentals Series with Pierre Finkelstein
Woodgraining Fundamentals Series with Pierre Finkelstein

Woodgraining 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.)  


Online courses

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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.

Join Pierre Finkelstein for his 3-part series each featuring 1 ½ hours of online demonstration of Woodgraining veining fundamentals.   This sketch-based instruction will be useful for all levels of painters. Pierre will breakdown graining into its simplest form by focusing on the basic structure of the heartgrain as well as straightgraining.  

 He will demonstrate how to correctly hold different brushes to create a variety of wood patterns, composition and flow, and wood layout.  You will learn how to design and compose most of the heart wood graining in a realistic manner on this drawing based instruction.  Pierre will simplify teaching the structure of the grain by minimizing color with these medium to small scale drawings to understand graining pattern fundamentals. 

Pierre will also review some technical skills to do burls, moire based woods (such as birds eye, satin wood, etc).  He will also review different species of wood and wood formation based on milling cuts.  

Please note: streaming access to the video is for 30 days after purchase

* Materials needed:   paper, pencil, water board & brush and optional kit to practice along BKIT-14


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