2021 IDAL Regional Convention:
May 1 - 6, 2021

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

Alchemy of Design:
Elemental Finishes Invoking the Natural World

Monday, May 3: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class Description:

New foundations, new accents, new harmonics. Colors and textures for modern elemental design. Transitional or contemporary, these finishes have both style and staying power. Expand your portfolio and create cabinets and furniture with subtle depth that’s rich.

Taken from nature, 7 finishes include:

Upscale Driftwood, a mainstay foundation finish with a soft taupe glaze

White Selenite, a soft stria white with grayed and pearl tones -Sapphire (navy wins as an accent with most anything and this one shimmers)

River Rock (fantastic neutral soft gray foundational finish),               

Rose Quartz veil (FYI, moving forward you’ll see pinks going big with the grays, folks!)

Brushed Rose Gold (Trim sample).  Rose gold is the combination of Gold, Copper, and Platinum. This sample, a brushed version of the alloy, brings out its copper accent, giving it an earthy twist that’s grounding and versatile.

Shungite (Trim sample). Our sample will be a black base with very subtle accents of warm silver to keep it subtle and matte in finish and flexible in design.

Sapphire (Trim sample). Navy blue may be the current rage, but sapphire takes it to another level.

Taught by:
Shauna Oeberst Gallagher


::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

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


Traditional Grisailles Painting
Tuesday, May 4: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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


Restoring Great Works of Art
Tuesday, May 4: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Lecture Description:
Italy has been called the birthplace of Western art and decoration design.

Caterina Manisco has had the opportunity to learn the restoration philosophy and process from the experts who wrote the books on such practices. Listen to her tale of facing this task of touching surfaces throughout Italy and within the Vatican museums in Rome that needed her brush and tender loving care.

Taught by:
Caterina Manisco


Wednesday Classes

::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


Renaissance Grottesca Panel
Wednesday, May 5: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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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