Salon 2016-St. Petersburg

Salon 2016 Salon 2016 was held in Russia this year in the cultural center of St. Petersburg. This annual event for the International Decorative Artisans League was hosted by Tatiana Rugers. The theme for  Salon 2016 was “Art in the City” and below is a part of a panel someone did of the city. This was the main showroom […]

SALON Lecce, Italy 2015

Once again I return inspired from the annual Salon, held in Lecce, Italy. Salon is an annual, international event for decorative painters and this year, we celebrated our 20th year.  I’ve been lucky enough to attend every one. Here is the group photo. Our lovely, friendly, and amusing hosts Stefano Luca and Katerina Manisco. Here […]

IDAL 2014 Fort Worth, TX

I’m back from a successful trip to this year’s IDAL 2014 trade show and event in Fort Worth, TX.   We were celebrating IDAL’s 30th year as a non-profit organization for decorative painters. I taught 3 classes: 1-day hands-on Faux Marble for baseboards, 1-day hands-on Woodgraining for baseboards, half day demonstration on preparation, protection, and touch-ups […]

Wood Graining Class in NYC

I just finished my latest NYC session of a 3-day wood graining class. We had scheduled one and the demand was so high, we added a second class right after. I enjoyed the students, but after a solid week of teaching, I’m wiped out! I’m sure all students walked away with an intense amount of […]

Italy class panel is complete!

We are proud to announce that the Italy class panel is complete!  This panel will be painted on canvas by students in 8 days with instructors Pierre Finkelstein and Carolina d’Ayala Valva (author of this great book).  This class takes place in Rome on September 13-22, 2014. Class Info:  This workshop consists of 8 days […]

Salon 2014- Seattle

Join Pierre at Salon 2014- Seattle.  Our good friend and fellow painter, Cathy Conner is hosting this year’s annual, international event.  Among her many talents as a decorative painter, Cathy puts on a great party!  Contact Cathy to become a participant or come as a guest and watch some of the best decorative painters perform […]

NYC high-school students learn about decorative painting

On December 3, 2013, Pierre taught an introductory decorative painting class for a handful of local NYC inner-city high school students. Raison Pure NYC L’Orangerie (RPNYC L’Orangerie) is a foundation dedicated to helping inner-city high school students discover design and craftsmanship beyond the classroom, thereby inspiring them with career choices otherwise unimagined.  read more … […]

NYC Trompe l’oeil Class 2013

Our NYC trompe l’oeil class for 2013 was a success!   We had a full house of students in our tiny little Manhattan studio. The students began the 3-day adventure with a medallion study.  This is an invaluable exercise that forces the student to learn by repetition.  See post on this study. Once the students had […]

IDAL 2013 Convention

We had a great time at the this years IDAL 2013 Convention!  The annual event was held in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 8-12, 2013.  International Decorative Artisans League had its 29th anniversary.  The non-profit organization has been serving the decorative painting industry by offering classes to members in regional chapters along with this annual event.  […]

Upcoming: trompe l’oeil class in Manhattan

Pierre Finkelstein will teach a trompe l’oeil class to a  handful of students in his studio on December 5-7, 2013.  CLICK HERE for more information