Calendar of faux finish training classes at Dundean Studios


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Trompe l'Oeil I:

Learn the basics of "deceive the eye" painting with effective use of shadow and light to give 3-D effects.

Students are taught using water-based acrylic glazes to render light and shadow in painting architectural elements in such a way as to make them "pop" off a surface.

Special tools and techniques are introduced with instruction in limestone blocks with mortar joints, fitted arched stone wall, faux paneling, rondelles and grisaille ornaments. All done in tromploy realism

I have had students in this class whose experiance ranged from beginner to accomplished portrait artists. They all learned important trade tricks to speed up production time while working with water-based acrylics.

Class Information:

April 14 & 15, 2011 Thurs. & Friday . - 9am to 5pm TO-0414-11

Price: $750.00

($675.00 if deposit paid before April 1)


Instructor: Dean Sickler


painting trompe l'oeil


tromploy samples

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slide show of samples


(two days)
- materials and lunch included

A lot of people make the mistake of equating "realism" with trompe l'oeil (phonetically tromploy). Trompe l'Oeil is always rendered life-size and with a one-point perspective so that the image will be truly deceptive from only one point of view.

Realism is more like a photograph where scale makes no difference.