2021 IDAL Regional Convention:
May 1 - 6, 2021
 :: Registration has concluded :: 

Once classes are purchased they are non-refundable other than for COVID-19 related incidents reported to the IDAL office, please email IDAL.office@gmail.com.  The purchaser is responsible for reselling the class and exchange of funds.   Places to post the resale of classes could happen in the members only forum on the IDAL website or on the IDAL Facebook page or privately.


Classes are offered at different levels of difficulty.  Choose classes that are in keeping with your skill level.  Refer to the following guidelines:

Items required for all classes:

  • Asst. stencil brushes
  • T-shirt rags
  • Styrofoam plates
  • Water container
  • Apron or paint shirt
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie marker
  • China bristle brushes
  • Asst. chip brushes
  • Sea sponge(s)
  • Terry towels (not hotel towels)
  • Asst. artist brushes
  • Wax paper
  • Notebook/hole punch
  • Waterless brush cleaner
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Ruler
  • Hair dryer
  • Softening brush (badger)
  • Blue masking tape
  • Pens/pencils
  • Paper towels or shop towels
  • Pants hangers (1 hanger for every 2 class boards you will make)
  • Your favorite trowel or blades

Suggested Supplies:
Vinyl gloves, snacks, water bottle, camera.  Always allow your work to dry before stacking or packing.  Bring large garbage bags to protect your samples for packing and shipping.

Supplies to Bring: 
Additional supplies required to complete a class will be indicated under "Supplies to Bring" in the class descriptions.  These are specific additional items that you will need for class.  Without them you may be unable to undertake the project.

Convention Hotel:
Clayton Plaza Hotel

7750 Carondelet Avenue
Clayton MO 63105

Hotel Group Name:
International Decorative Artisans League

Monday Classes

Contemporary, Fast And Profitable
Monday, May 3: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class Description:

This class is designed to provide you with 5 to 6 finishes for walls and 5 of the most current cabinet samples that designers are using in kitchens today plus a bonus sample of how to re-stain a darker cabinet to light, also the trendy look for islands that design sites are embracing.

Contemporary, Fast & Profitable and Sleek, Simple and Clean are key words describing all of these Proven on Job Site samples.

Donna and Beth will be teaching these finishes using a variety of products including venetian plasters, metallic paints, metallic plasters, a bit of gold leaf, and metallic waxes. 

Donna will use a variety of contemporary stencils in unusual ways, even a one pass with a little hand work thrown in.

  • Marble – This finish can be done to look like marble or as a fantasy marble in gorgeous colors.
  • Dark & Moody – This is a finish I have been doing for years in various forms. It uses textured plaster and metallic waxes.
  • Sueded Walls – Using Cellestia from Nova Color and stenciled with metallic paints – your choice of stencils in a contemporary pattern. 
  • Serenity – One of my absolute favorite finishes – using Venetian Plaster and Metallic Plaster. This finish stands on it own, or you have the option of using a stencil or creating hand painted birch trees. 
  • Open Weave – It doesn’t get much easier or more beautiful. 
  • TORO – A finish I developed for a new restaurant. Needed to be fast and easy to finish a lot of square feet. This is basically a one pass finish that looks anything but.

Beth will take you through the simple steps of spraying cabinetry efficiently and will show you how to keep on top of the cabinet industry as the products are always changing.   If you already spray, she will be showing you the Rockler system that she encourages for efficiency and profitability - “Time is money”. 

Please bring rollers, trowels and large stencil brushes.


Taught by:
Donna Mock

Beth Warnecke


::SOLD OUT:: Novacolor Artistic Sampler
Monday, May 3: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class Description:

We will be exploring both lime and acrylic plasters in matte, glossy and metallic finishes that have a wide range of textures. You will learn the fundamentals of each product and then we will advance some of the samples into an art piece.

The products showcased in this class are:

  • Florenzia -
    Pure Slake Lime for glossy finishing. Multi-color Modern design
  • Marmur Fine & Florenzia -
    Lime base with marble powder – Matte and glossy, modern stone effect
  • Calce Cruda & Calce Cruda Tinta Stucco -
    Lime & Clay Mineral – glossy and matte with stencil
  • Archi Pietre -
    Lime-based powder base-stone with metallic aggregates - Natural finish
  • Mi-ku Therm -
    A functional-insulating finish- Smooth with stencil
  • Swahili Opaco -
    Matt metallic charges & quartz aggregates- Simple texture
  • Dune Extra White -
    Stunning metallic architectural coating – Extra white

Due to our limited time in this class it is important to have trowel experience.
Many of the 1-2 coats will be completed by myself prior to the class. I will provide great detail of steps taken.

The tools needed:

Trowels for lime, metallics and polishing.

Advanced trowel knowledge preferred.

You will go home with 6-7 Artistic Samples on hard MDF boards 16" x 24”

Taught by:
Beth Schafer-Swinton


Tuesday Classes

Polychrome Trompe L’oeil
With Pierre Finkelstein
Tuesday, May 4: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class Description:

Learn the basics of the art of grisailles painting: a brief trompe l’oeil technology overview establishing the light source including shadow, mid-tone and highlight placement; how to find color value; hands-on brushmanship; design transfer to create an Italian style polychrome trompe l’oeil with foliage, shell, arabesque and more. 

This panel was designed by the legendary Stefano Luca and will be taught by Pierre Finkelstein.

Included is a prepared canvas panel and all of the needed colors.

Pierre will also make available for purchase the day of class a small brush kit ($50) if needed.

Students are required to bring to class: tape, rags, straight edge, palette or plates.

Grisailles painting:

Approximately 40x60 cm or 15” x 23”

Acrylic on canvas (or light board)

Taught by:
Pierre Finkelstein


::SOLD OUT:: JaDecor
Tuesday, May 4: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class Description:

Our earth-friendly product is a combination of natural cotton fibers and silk. This versatile product provides excellent sound-proofing and thermal properties. It is entirely green and hypoallergenic.

In a one-day class, you will learn how to prep the walls and apply the material. We will have a total of 8 samples that will favor your portfolio and one canvas art piece.

A JaDecor trowel is included for each student

Taught by:
Eugenia Almeida


Wednesday Classes

Responsive Oxidation, Mud, & Metallics
Wednesday, May 5: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class Description:

Using Textureline & Valpaint products, students will complete a minimum of 8 sample boards while learning tips & tricks for unique finishes!

We will be introducing three new products new to the US market in addition to classic finishes with a new twist.

  • Klondike Corten -
    A responsive rust effect created with no chemicals. Amazing interior/exterior corrosive effects that the artist controls. Exclusive, new & so easy to use.
  • Meteore 14 -
    An amazing system for renovation of tile, countertops and showers with fewer steps and superior bonding with direct-to-surface application.
  • Urban Mud -
    Easy to use, light-weight, fibrous plaster that creates a textured multi tone finish ideal for decorating rough and imperfect wall surfaces. Creates a seamless textured wallpaper effect.
  • Moire' & Urban Suede -
    Best selling for years, versatile & durable metallic plasters. Learn basic information and create several best selling & unique finishes.
  • Lime Paint -
    Application over textured surface for easy renovation techniques with one of the best Lime Paints on the market.
  • Responsive Verde -
    Verdigris without chemicals - fast & completely controllable. Various techniques will be shared as students create a finish over textured wallcovering.
  • Metallics & Mica -
    Accented finishes for the extra bling factor. Various techniques of applying mica flakes and sheets will be discussed as we create a frame worthy art piece/sample board in class.

Supplies for students to bring: Japanese or flexible trowel, Turf tool & bamboo trowel (if available - we will have some available to use and sell.), chip brushes, natural sponge, cell sponge, pallet knife (can be plastic).


Taught by:
Mave Alft

Drew Beninati


::SOLD OUT:: Modern Nature
Wednesday, May 5: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class Description:

This class focuses on highly saleable finishes that reflect some of the hottest trends in interior design today, geode and other large-scale stone finishes using Faux Effects products. Perfect for feature walls, powder rooms, or anywhere a bit of flair is needed. Hands on class, 5 finishes.

Taught by:
Michele Molek


::DELAYED::Traditional Grisailles Painting

Class Description:

Learn the art of grisailles painting basics creating a panel to reference for your entire career. Mixing appropriate values of harmonic colors, tips for brush loading and application to quicken the process and a look into the history of grisaille design are some of the points that will be covered throughout the day with the Italian maestro.

Grisailles painting:

Approximately 40x60 cm or 15” x 23”

Acrylic on canvas (or light board)

Taught by:
Stefano Luca


::DELAYED::Renaissance Grottesca Panel

Class Description:

Learn the art of true egg tempera and the step by step painting process of creating this classic Renaissance wall decoration design.   Caterina will demonstrate the mixing of eggs and pigment and explain the advantages of this traditional painting medium.  Students will experiment with one of the oldest forms of paint and receive a look into the history of Renaissance grottesca design.

Approximately  40x60 cm or 15” x 23”

Egg Tempera on canvas (or light board)

Taught by:
Caterina Manisco


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Charlotte, NC 28211

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