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Dundean Studios

Dundean Studios was a specialty decorative arts working studio established in 1986. This year (2018) we are celebrating our 30th Anniversity. The school, retail showroom and studio was at its past in the beautiful historic Borough of Chatham in Northern New Jersey since 1998.

Expert instruction is offered at the beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional levels in the decorative arts, faux finish and specialty-painting field.

We have over 28 different workshops with 8 different teachers in the decorative finishing field. More than any other school in the country (that we are aware of).

Our training pre-dates the franchise schools so we have never been stuck in the mindset that week-long classes with 25 finishes are the only way to teach decorative finishing workshops. The scope of our training is international and our main ideal is education, not selling product. In our Faux Design Series, we do not brag about how many boards you will walk away with, only that you will have a better understanding of the materials, processes and goals of what decorative finishing is all about. All of the finishes learned in this series are repeatable, much in demand and are beyond the capabilities of the average "faux painter" and homeowner.

After learning the basic finishes that can make a career, you can expand your portfolio with PROCEED Textures and Contemporary Finishes and Venetian Plaster Classes . For the Textures and Metallics class, It is assumed that the student is proficient with glazes and has some experiance with textures. Now you are ready to really run with a large number of finishes that are high-end and cutting edge. These classes are constantly changing to meet market needs and we are on top of current design trends here in the Greater New York Area.

Classes are also offered in a in large variety of disciplines such as stencilling, trompe l'oeil, mural painting, furniture painting, etc. See Class Descriptions for more information.

The studio is also known as a premier site for instruction in application of decorative plasters, both natural lime-based and synthetic.







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