Director of Dundean Studios
Dean Sickler is the owner and founder (1986) of Dundean Studios
and teaches at all levels in faux finishing, specialty finishes
and venetian plaster instructions. He has been in the painting and
decorating business for over 30 years, having executed faux finish,
restoration and art commissions from Beverly Hills to Fifth Ave.
Dean was a painting contractor in Los Angeles for 4 years after
he earned his journeyman's card in painting in 1979. He apprenticed
for two years from 1983-85 with Grace Darby: one of the original
Masters from the Isabel O'Neil Studio in NY City. Classes were taken
at the Day Studio in San Francisco in 1984-85. In Miami, Dean worked
for two years under the guidance of Master Conservator, Emilio Cianfoni,
and is responsible for many architectural and antique restorations
at the Vizcaya Museum in Miami. Gold leafing, plaster and marble restoration, expert wood matching. He has recently worked at the Thomas
Edison Mansion in Llewellen Park and the Willow House in Morristown
expertly matching paint colors, restoring decorative art and architecture.
He was commissioned in Spring, 2007 to render the Port'or and Red
Levanto marbles for the new Visitors Wing at the U.S. Capitol. Note:
The Capitol Visitor's Center will open in December, 2008
Dean Sickler is the author of the recently published book: "The Keys to Color; A Decorators Handbook for coloring Paints, Plasters & Glazes". Go to webpage here
He has worked for years as a student and as a collegue of Patrick
LaHeyne of Belgium who is considered to be one of the finest Decorative
Artists in the world.
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Dean earned a B.A degree in Art and Art History
from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. (1994).
Dundean Studios in it's present form was opened in 1998 as a decorative
arts teaching, supply and working studio.
Dean presently teaches the Faux Design classes (all levels), Advanced Marbling & Wood Graining, Faux Essentials, Color Theory and Design, Trompe l'Oeil, Painted Furniture, and the Venetian Plaster classes.
In addition to being the core instructor at Dundean Studios, his
teaching credentials include courses and workshops in faux finishes
and decorative painting at the University of Toronto - Sheridan
Art College, The Isabel O'Neil Studio in New York, Courses at the
SALI Convention, The Faux Expo, The PDCA's PACE Convention and MAC University, scenic art instruction for high
school art programs, guest lectures on faux arts and art history,
and the teaching of hundreds of workshops around the country as
guest lecturer on art history, color theory, design and the faux
The studio is active in Painting
and Decorating Contractors of America, Professional
Decorative Painters Association, is an American
Society Of Interior Designers Industry Partner, SALI,
National Trust for Historic
Preservation, Scenic Art for local playhouses and High Schools
and numerous charities.
Dean is the immediate-past President of the Mid-Atlantic Faux and
Decorative Artisan chapter of the PDCA: is a Board member of the NJ
District PDCA and is a Past-President of the Decorative Alliance
Forum of the National PDCA. He is currently a board member of the Professional Decorative
Painters Association (PDPA).
Dean is a participant in the SALON for International
Decorators since Paris, 2001 and is glad to be able to call many of the best painter/artists in the world his friends.
He has studied with Yannick Guegan, Pierre Lafumat, Patrick Laheyne
and others. His recent work displayed at the International Salon
in Utrecht was selected to remain on display at the Escher Museum
in the Hague.
High School Theater Design Workshops
Dean's expertise with wood finishing and other architectural surfaces
is very much in demand but he is always interested in challenging
commissions and projects. Here