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Renaissance Finishes + Contemporary Design

3 Day Workshop | August 28-30, 2017 | Special Guest Lecturer: Alison Woolley

We are thrilled to welcome Alison Woolley of Florence, Italy to teach this new workshop using early Renaissance techniques of gesso grounds, rich pigment colours, gilded surfaces, polish and patina, to create finishes that are both timeless and contemporary.
Learn to use traditional Florentine materials such as gilders gesso, earth pigments and oxides, natural paint mediums, waxes and polishes to create the beautiful rich patterns and finishes seen in early Renaissance art. The beauty of these materials has never been surpassed for creating outstanding furniture pieces, frames, and decorative panels that will attract attention in the most refined contemporary interiors.

  • Combine this class with the Florentine Gilding Techniques for a more comprehensive course in surface decoration and finishing.

    Class Fee

    includes project panels; detailed notes; all project materials used in class including casein paints, natural pigments, gesso, and metal leaf.


    Lynne Rutter Studio | 2325 3rd St. #207, San Francisco, CA 94107 (MAP)

    class hours:

    9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


  • reservation fee: $300
  • class size is limited to 10 and advance reservations are necessary.
    • To reserve a place in this class, send a check for the deposit ($300) to Lynne Rutter at the above studio address.
    • Please include your email and phone number so we may confirm your reservation.
    • You may use the blue PayPal button below to reserve on-line.
    • Installment of $350. will be due on or before July 15, 2017 to confirm your space in class.
    • Class fees will not be refundable after July 15, 2017
    • Remaining class fee ($300) will be due on or before the first day of class.
    • Payment by cash or check is preferred.
    Renaissance+Contemporary with Alison Woolley

    Special! This class follows the Florentine Gilding Techniques class. Take both sessions as a course for $1800, a savings of $100. Contact the studio for details.

  • WELCOME to the workshop page!

    Lynne Rutter Studio occasionally hosts decorative painting and mural classes and specialized workshops on the finer points of decorative art, gilding, 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, and the great food! 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 and I have you to 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. "