Restoration • Decoration • Preservation

Decorative painting and faux finishes have been used throughout history … from ancient plaster finishes … to the trompe l’oeil details found in churches and castles … to modern-day glazing and color wash techniques. Ron Layman is one of the most sought-after artists, whose works appear in commercial and residential spaces across the country. At The Faux School, he generously shares his skills, knowledge and techniques with homeowners, designers and professional painters who want to expand their capabilities. Ron is also available for commissioned work.


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Explore Your Passions and Creativity

Historic Frederick, Maryland, and sunny Orlando, Florida, are exciting destinations for the most practical, enjoyable learning experiences a workshop can offer. If you’re a beginner looking to learn techniques for decorating your home, you’ll be surprised to find you don’t need an artistic background or experience in painting to learn these skills. Experienced faux finishers can perfect their technique, explore new avenues and gain valuable insights for operating and marketing a faux-finishing business.  Whatever your goals, The Faux School is ready to help you achieve them!

The Faux School’s workshops are exciting, hands-on 1-, 3-, and 5-day experiences filled with information and inspiration.  Small class sizes mean every participant gets plenty of one-on-one instruction from Ron. Come eager and prepare to paint!

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The Faux School

501 n. Market St
Frederick, Maryland 21701

301-668-5110 | Email

Studio Hours

Monday–Friday: 9 am–5 pm
Saturday by appointment

Traditional Polished Venetian Plaster Instructions DVD


Traditional Polished Venetian Plaster Instructional DVD


Materials & tools, Acrylic Venetian plaster, Polishing wax, Trowel