Marble Finish Course Overview
Our Marble Finish course in London will demonstrate and teach you the most important techniques of Venetian plastering (also called marble plastering or polished plastering).
In this course, you will learn how to achieve a marble, stone effect using smooth polished plaster ( Luciano) finish on walls and ceilings, as well as the combination of several colours.
The course is lead by a Master applicator who will not only answer all your questions but show you the combination of traditional Italian marble look and the contemporary application!
Our courses come complete with complimentary lunch each day at a local Italian restaurant that serves homemade Italian and English dishes.
As part of this course, you’re also eligible for a 15% discount on all materials purchased on the day, including our Venetian plaster starter pack, and Venetian Plastering Tool Kit
Our unique training system concentrates on the nature of the materials and the traditions and modern aspects of the application and was not made to accommodate the application or materials of a single manufacturer. Our focus is on the applicator and his knowledge and not on the make of the plaster.
This course will not only explain the importance but also demonstrate the application of the different techniques of Venetian Plaster using spatulas and trowels. There will be a brief explanation of the surface preparation, to ensure you have the right look and are able to achieve a durable finish. This includes, how to protect the Plaster once applied.
All of our courses cover traditional and modern Italian and British marble plaster application methods and effects but concentrate on certain aspects – making sure that the finishes are not only beautiful but can meet the current market demand.
Who Should Attend Our Marble Finish Course
We can recommend this course if you’re looking to learn how to create this stunning Italian finish, applied with traditional and modern methods.
Whether you are looking to expand your skills set and offering to clients, or simply would like to create wonderful effects on your own walls, don’t hesitate to book this course!
What should you bring?
Please ensure you bring along protective clothing, equipment and gloves as this is a hands-on course.
This course does not specialise in the basics of Venetian Plastering (for this, please look at our Venetian Plastering 3-day course).
This course focuses on a specific highly sophisticated finish, therefore, some prior Venetian Plaster experience is highly advantageous.
On completion of the Marble Finish course, you will receive the following
- Impera Italia Course Certificate
- At least two catalogues
- Goodie bag (various wet samples, depliants, etc)
You will also be eligible for a trained applicator’s discount.
The course starts at 9 am and finishes at 4 pm.
|Luciano||High-Gloss Acrylic polished plaster|
B. Other products
|Primer||smooth and textured|
|Protectors||sealers and sealants|
C. Repairs, Surface Preparation and After-care
You will learn how to handle and repair accidental damages
How to properly prepare any substrate for Venetian plastering
You will know how to re-seal or re-protect a surface
How to change the effect/look in situ (on-site)
You will be familiar with the selection and maintenance of Venetian plastering tools
E. Working with Colours and Colouring
We will explain and show the differences between manual and industrial colouring, colour resistance and colourability of various plasters
A: Impera Italia identified the key features and qualities of various seamless Venetian finishes to establish standards and developed a unique and effective method to teach the application of traditional and contemporary effects. We teach and approve only the highest quality hand-made Venetian plaster finishes and we offer the first-course system focusing solely on how to achieve consistent and high-quality effects with Italian decorative products.
Our method is based on the analysis of more than 50.000 msq of Venetian plaster feature walls and over a hundred thousand working hours and experience, but to ensure that we constantly keep up-to-date with the market trends, we also consulted a number of architects and designers all over the world to have a thorough understanding of the past and future of this applied art, from the specifier’s side.
Finally, the instructors of Impera Italia are all well-known and experienced applicators who applied thousands of square metres and are familiar with all basic and advanced techniques. We believe that only applicators who are committed to constant development and continue to meet clients’ requirements can teach the next generation of master applicators and quality tradesmen.
Q: Do you teach on walls?
A: Yes! Our new state of the art training centre is equipped with large practising walls, which allows our trainees to get a head start on the market. There are also internal/external corners to ensure you have all the skills necessary to be able to complete jobs as soon as the course is over!
Q: How can I become an approved Venetian plaster applicator?
A: To be an approved applicator, you need to take the exam needed for level 1, 2 or 3 mastery. To book the exam, you need to collect courses in value of 20 credits for each level and create a feature of at least 10/50/100 msq of size, depending on the level of mastery. The decor has to meet the standards shown and taught by Impera Italia and pictures presented as proof will be added to the feature library after they’re approved.
As an Impera Italia™ Approved Applicator you will be added to our list of approved applicators in your area, with every other benefit which comes with it (signature series products, samples, charts, master and special courses, etc.).
Q: Why don’t you cover more Venetian plaster finishes? I’ve seen others teaching a dozen or more!
A: The number of finishes was established based on our experience, feedback from our students and -most importantly- the current market requirements. Our aim is to train skilled applicators, who fundamentally understand the application of various materials and are able to absorb all the information provided during the course. We believe that courses should not incorporate dozens of finishes based on commercial considerations which most people will never use and we also don’t want to bind them to one type of finish. This course was created due to the high demand and popularity of the Marble Finish. This is a highly complex finish, however, thanks to the experience of our Master Applicator, we are now at a stage where we feel confident that we can pass on the knowledge of this beautiful effect.
Q: I’ve seen an interesting finish on your site. Would it be possible to add it to the list of finishes that I would learn?
A: Yes, it’s possible. Please contact us to discuss the details.
Q: Do you offer on-site training?
A: Yes, we have a training package developed for trade clients who would like to teach their team at our premises. Please contact us for further details!
Q: Is there parking available onsite?
A: Yes, there is local free parking in the area.