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

ADVANCED LEVEL

  • 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: 12

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
  • Dinner

The price of the 5-days Italian plastering courses in our school of Italian plasters is € 700 + VAT 22%. This price includes training costs, use of the laboratory, and working tools. If you stay at one of the recommended hotels, we will provide also free daily transport to the company’s location and back.  Participants will be given a set of tools to use during the practice and to bring at home after the training. EXTRA COSTS: Every day we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant. The cost of each meal is €13.

WALL Decorative Finishes - Advanced Level

The WALL decorative finishes course consists of a 5-days practical program that will guide the participant in the application of special decorative techniques, such as Tadelakt stone polishing, use of stencils and foil, use of decorative waxes for special effects, application of microcement on furniture, sgraffito, marbling and more!

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

Max. num. of participants: 15

Program September 2022
  • Tadelakt, immersion: application techniques, trowel polishing, stone polishing, waterproofing methods
  • Stencils and foil: various application styles
  • Travertino: various application styles, also using velatura and pearl cream metallic waxes
  • Marbling: faux marble finishes on marmorino venetian plaster
  • Pastellone: application on tables and furniture
  • In between these techniques we'll see also other interesting materials, old and new, and our four instructors will share their knowledge in their particular areas of expertise.

The price of the 5-days Italian plastering courses in our school of Italian plasters is € 650 + VAT 22%. This price includes training costs, use of the laboratory, and working tools. If you stay at one of the recommended hotels, we will provide also free daily transport to the company’s location and back.  Participants will be given a set of tools to use during the practice and to bring at home after the training. EXTRA COSTS: Every day we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant. The cost of each meal is €13.

FLOOR Seamless Coatings - Basic Level

Our FLOOR seamless coatings training consist of a 2-days 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: 12

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

The price of the 2-days Floor plastering courses in our school of Italian plasters is € 250 + VAT 22%. This price includes training costs, use of the laboratory, and working tools. If you stay at one of the recommended hotels, we will provide also free daily transport to the company’s location and back. EXTRA COSTS: Every day we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant. The cost of each meal is €13.

Faq

WHAT COVID DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO ENTER ITALY?

At the present moment, any of the following is admitted:

  • European Covid Pass or an alternative document attesting either 2-doses Vaccination OR Recovery from Covid issued within 6 months
  • European Covid Pass or an alternative document attesting booster vaccination, issued any time
  • An Antigen test, done within 24 hours before arrival in Italy OR a PCR test, done within 48 hours before arrival in 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.
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:

  • ADVANCED | WALL Decorative Finishes | 19 –  23 September 2022 – Vicenza, Italy – Cost € 650 + VAT | Max 15 participants
  • BASIC | FLOOR Seamless Coatings | 24 –  25 September 2022 – Vicenza, Italy – Cost € 250 + VAT | Max 12 participants
  • Participation in both courses is € 750 + VAT

* 18/07/2022: We have reached the maximum number of participants for these courses. Subscriptions are closed.

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