The Faux School Experience

The Faux School Experience

World-Class Instruction

As the director of The Faux School, Ronald Layman is dedicated to promoting the level of decorative finishing in North America by offering innovative and informative instruction. The only professional school in the country dedicated exclusively to the decorative finishing arts, The Faux School offers hands-on training based on real-world experience and best business practices.

A Commitment to Excellence

We are dedicated to increasing the level of craftsmanship in the faux finishing industry by working with the most talented instructors who share our focus on student success. Our full-time staff has more than 160 years combined painting, teaching and contracting experience. We stay up to date with the latest methods, tools and technology, constantly developing new and inspiring workshops to add to our schedule.

Praised by Homeowners and Professionals

Whether you’re a hobbyist looking for decorative solutions for your own home or you’re a professional already working in the interior design or painting industries, you’ll receive a warm welcome into the exciting environment of our studios.  We are passionate about our work and are ready to share techniques, experience and tricks of the trade in a setting that will inspire and motivate you. In addition to teaching technique, the Faux School’s offers professional business workshops designed for those looking to start their own faux finishing business and existing business owners who want to take their business to higher levels of financial success.

Hands-On Learning

Forget your past ideas of classes and seminars!  The Faux School offers a unique immersive experience in which YOU create exquisite finishes. Our studios provide large workstations, ample lighting, large show rooms, sample libraries and inspiration everywhere. We offer workshops on nearly every type of faux finishing from traditional old-world methods to the latest trends, including Venetian plastering, mural painting, marbling and wood graining, furniture finishing, and popular trompe l’oeil techniques.

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to paint.  Come see why The Faux School is number one in the United States today!

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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