Italian Plastering Courses

Venetian plaster course in Italy

Stucco Italiano’s School of Italian Plasters

Stucco Italiano’s school of Italian plasters was founded in the late 90s by Maestro Giovanni Polistena, with the mission of disseminating the authentic Italian plasters application techniques. Our teachers are master craftsmen with long experience both in applying and training artisans in the art of Venetian plaster and other Italian stuccos. Outside our school of Italian plasters, Stucco Italiano’s master craftsmen have taught at the Scuola di Restauro of Vicenza and had a ten-year contract with the Hamlet School of Hillerød in Denmark. Furthermore, they have given plastering courses in other schools in Denmark (Rann) and in Great Britain (Goldtrowel training Center in England and in Walles).

The classes we offer:

BASIC LEVEL

  • WALL decorative finishes, 5 days
  • FLOOR seamless coatings, 2 days
  • BUNDLE Wall + Floor, 7 days

MASTERCLASS

  • WALL decorative finishes, 5 days

WALL Decorative Finishes - Basic Level

The WALL decorative finishes course consists of a 5-days theoretical and practical program that will guide the participant through all the stages of the application of Marmorino Venetian plaster and other lime-based stuccos, such as Travertino, Tadelakt, and Beton Stucco. Furthermore, the participants will also learn how to apply some modern decorative paints. Thanks to the guidance of our experienced teachers, by the end of the course each participant will know how to apply these materials in complete autonomy.

Instructor: Master craftsman Željko Babić (Instagram page)

Max. num. of participants: 15

DAY 1
  • Reception
  • Visit to the showroom & workroom
  • Preparation of substrates
  • Lime: Theoretical introduction
  • Venetian Plaster: Application on panels
DAY 2
  • Stucco: Protection treatments & maintenance
  • Venetian Plaster: application on walls
  • Other lime-based plasters: Intro
  • Other lime-based plasters: Application on panels
DAY 3
  • Coloring: theory & practice
  • Venetian Plaster: Application on walls
  • Other lime-based plasters: Application on panels
DAY 4
  • Lime Plasters: Deeper insights and practice.
  • Worksite tips: dealing with common mistakes, different substrates
  • Acrylic Decorative Paints: Intro and Practice
DAY 5
  • Each student continues practicing individually on the type of finish she/he wishes to develop more in-depth

Prices: € 750 + VAT 22%. The cost of this training includes teaching, access to the necessary laboratory equipment, and all working tools required. Daily lunch at nearby restaurants is also included in the price. For added convenience, participants who choose to stay at one of our recommended hotels will have daily transportation to and from the training location provided. At the beginning of the course, you will be provided with a set of tools that you can take home with you upon completion.

Couples and groups will benefit from a € 100 discount per person

WALL Decorative Finishes - Masterclass

The WALL decorative finishes course consists of a 5-days practical program that will guide the participant in the application of special decorative techniques. Stucco Italiano’s Masterclass returns in 2023 with an exceptional lineup of instructors from various locations around the globe, ready to impart their expertise in specialised areas such as traditional Tadelakt, Marbling, Stencil and Foil application, as well as modern Scagliola techniques and the use of plasters on furniture. This course is designed for artisans who have prior experience with standard decorative plaster techniques, including Marmorino Venetian Plaster.

Instructors: Master artisans Cait Whitson, Gibson Donaldson (Instagram),  Željko Babić (Instagram), Michael Sarian (Instagram) and Giovanni Polistena of Stucco Italiano

Max. num. of participants: 12

Program June 2023
  • Original Moroccan Tadelakt, application on flat and curved surfaces
  • Stencils and foil: various application styles
  • Travertino marble effect with Marmorino Venetian plaster
  • Marbling: faux marble finishes on Marmorino Venetian plaster
  • Petrae: application of decorative plasters to tables and furniture
  • Innovative Scagliola technique

Prices: € 990 + VAT 22%. The cost of this training includes teaching, access to the necessary laboratory equipment, and all working tools required. Daily lunch at nearby restaurants is also included in the price. For added convenience, participants who choose to stay at one of our recommended hotels will have daily transportation to and from the training location provided. At the beginning of the course, you will be provided with a set of tools that you can take home with you upon completion.

Couples and groups will benefit from a € 50 discount per person

FLOOR Seamless Coatings - Basic Level

Our FLOOR seamless coatings training consists of a 2-day theoretical and practical program that will guide the participant through all the stages of the application of Pastellone (plain and with aggregates), Reinforced Microcement (previous Epofloor), and Magnesite Terrazzo.

Max. num. of participants: 15

DAY 1
  • Reception
  • Visit to the Showroom & Workroom + Distribution of Tool Kits to Participants
  • Preparation of Tools for Pastellone, Reinforced Microcement (former Epofloor) and Magnesite & Preparation of Substrates: Primers and GLP (Gap Levelling Plasters)
  • Lime, Cement, Epoxy, Magnesite: Theoretical Introduction
  • Pastellone: 1st Coat, Application on Panels
  • Reinforced Microcement: Mixing the Components + First Coat
  • Magnesite Terrazzo: Mixing the materials + Application on Panels
DAY 2
  • Pastellone: Colouring the Material + Second Coat
  • Reinforced Microcement: Colouring the Material + Second Coat
  • Pastellone: Third Coat
  • Reinforced Microcement: Sanding & Protection treatments
  • Magnesite: Grouting and Polishing & Protection treatments

Prices: € 290 + VAT 22%. The cost of this training includes teaching, access to the necessary laboratory equipment, and all working tools required. Daily lunch at nearby restaurants is also included in the price. For added convenience, participants who choose to stay at one of our recommended hotels will have daily transportation to and from the training location provided.

Couples and groups will benefit from a € 30 discount per person

Faq

WHAT COVID DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO ENTER ITALY?

At the present moment, no covid documentation is needed to enter Italy.

WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT REFUND POLICY?
  • If new Covid-related traveling restrictions impede you to travel to Italy for the course, you will be refunded the full deposit.
  • If (hopefully not, finger crossed!) you won’t be able to come because you have Covid, you’ll be refunded the full deposit. In this case, we’ll just ask you to send us a positive covid test with your name and date on it as proof.
  • If you decide not to come for other reasons, we’ll hold the deposit for a future class.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
  • Teaching and the full use of the workshop and its materials.
  • A set of prime quality tools that will be yours to keep.
  • Lunches at a nearby restaurant
WHAT’S THE TEACHING LANGUAGE?
  • ENGLISH
WHAT SHALL I BRING?
  • Just some working clothes or something you don’t mind staining.
HOW CAN I PAY?
  • Credit Card / Debit Card with POS
  • Cash

Full payment will be required on the first day of the course, at Stucco Italiano’s premises.

HOW CAN I REACH THE COURSE’S VENUE?
  • Our address is Via Rovereto 20, 36030 Costabissara, Italy, 10 minutes by car/taxi from Vicenza city center.
  • The nearest International Airport is Venice Marco Polo Airport. From there, you can take a bus to Venezia Mestre Train Station (you can get the bus ticket at the airport); and then a train to Vicenza. To book train tickets: https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html
WHERE CAN I STAY?

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Next courses:

  • Basic | Wall + Floor | 27 March – 2 April 2023 – Vicenza, Italy – Course is Full
  • Masterclass | Wall | 5-9 June 2023 – Vicenza, Italy – Registrations open
  • Basic | Wall + Floor | September – Vicenza, Italy – Dates to be confirmed

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