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5 Day Master Class | last held October 18-22, 2016 | Instructor: Carolina d'Ayala Valva

Thank you everyone for such a successful class. We look forward to doing another one sometime!
Carolina d'Ayala Valva is coming to San Francisco to teach her famous Italian Grottesca painting techniques. This charming style of decoration was born in Renaissance Italy, and can be adapted to fit any size or shape of space, decorate furniture, or used to make beautiful art panels. Carolina will be teaching her method using traditional egg tempera paints. Each artist will paint their own candelabra (tall vertical) panel of 25" wide by 63" tall, on specially prepared canvas.

    Class work includes:

  • introduction about the history of Grottesca painting, styles, elements
  • demonstration of canvas preparation
  • Making of egg tempera paint
  • creating a balanced color palette
  • Theory and practice of Carolina's "Three-Step Method"
  • brushwork and finishing techniques

class fee:

Includes substrate, pigments, and all materials used in class, and a set of quality artists brushes.


Lynne Rutter Studio | 2325 3rd St. #207, San Francisco, CA (map)

class hours:

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM


Candelabra panel design by Carolina d'Ayala Valva which will be used in this class!

Left, Carolina in her studio in Rome.

WELCOME to the workshop page!

Lynne Rutter Studio occasionally hosts decorative painting classes and specialized workshops on the finer points of decorative art, gilding, murals, and finishing, taught hands-on by established, practicing artists in a spacious working atelier. Classes emphasize traditional techniques and materials and practical methods.

Contact the studio with questions, or to be added to the email list.


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"What a great, immersive experience, to learn something- really learn something I can use- in such a wonderful space... "

"Thank you Lynne! I loved everything about this class- the work, your generous teaching and humor, the magnificent studio space... Please let me know as soon as you schedule another class!"

"I just finished an entire 10 by 12 foot cloud ceiling in a little over one day all by myself. It came out awesome! Thank for teaching me how to paint clouds so easily. I amazed myself and my client."

"This is what I want to do and you have totally encouraged me to do it. I didn't want to leave your studio, I had to much fun..."

"Of course I wear a tiara while I am painting. Doesn't everyone?"

"Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us. I haven't been so inspired in so long! Looking forward to more classes. "