Do What You Love
The Creative Entrepreneur's Resource
Dedicated to Your Business Success
Amelia Island, Florida and San Diego, California
The main teaching studio is on Amelia Island, FL (Jacksonville area) with workshops in the San Diego, CA
area (Spring & Fall)
Learn The Art & The Business of Faux
Do What You Love Workshops offer a full range of instruction for professional decorative
artists and talented amateurs. Modeled after the great art academies of Europe, the school
emphasizes traditional instruction in the decorative arts—including faux finishing, faux
marbre, traditional stucco and plaster, muraling, trompe l'oeil, stenciling, and floorcloths.
The faculty is drawn from the ranks of the United States most
accomplished decorative artists, led by Rebecca E. Parsons.
How We Operate
THE STUDIO SYSTEM
At the heart of the school program is the studio experience where students have
detailed, hands-on instruction. Week-long workshops meet five days a week and
include in-depth business sessions based on Rebecca's
extremely popular faux business book. It is only by spending
as much time as possible in the studio that students develop the necessary skills
which, combined with individual creativity, lead to genuine artistic expression
and growth. The studio experience is augmented by open exchange and informal instruction.
THE FAUX WORKSHOPS
Whether you desire to build your portfolio with spectacular sample boards,
master new painting techniques, or redecorate your home, these
workshops are for you! All techniques are completed with
water-based media. No previous experience is required. During these hands-on classes,
students will learn surface preparation prior to decorative painting, the fundamental
skills and techniques every decorative painter must know, color theory, and
business/pricing strategies. By attending these workshops you will learn to perform
broken color wall glazing
to duplicate the richly textured and aged appearance of European
to create textured plaster finishes
to render spectacular marble
to enhance surfaces with stenciling and drapery
and much more.
This ongoing series of Advanced Master Classes revives
and continues the longstanding tradition of artisans who have become extremely
proficient in certain areas of our craft. Upon completion, students will be able
to offer these high-end, highly sought after services to their clients. The
purpose of these workshops is to introduce varying techniques and philosophies
in order to intensify experience working with a particular technique. Techniques
studied this year include: Furniture, Stenciling, Euro Plaster, Fresco,
Stones/Blocks/Rocks, and Faux Marbre.
Students have an opportunity to intensely study these techniques while advancing their
skill level. Requirements for admission vary with each instructor; some classes require
intermediate training, while others are open to beginners. Students interested in
taking one of these classes are encouraged to discuss requirements with the instructor
prior to registering. It is strongly urged that all students try to take at least
one Master Class per year to gain new skills or knowledge. As always, Rebecca will
share Business Topics and Pricing throughout each session.
INTENSIVE CONSULTATION & PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Do What You Love Workshops has instituted an open course of Intensive Consultation or
Critiques for professional faux artists. Rebecca will offer personalized guidance and
direction to further your career goals. These critiques will take place on an 'as requested'
basis during the year.