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 Sculptural Bas Relief with Bonnie Wakeman 

Please enjoy this slideshow of some of Bonnie's Past Work!

Sculptural Bas Relief

with Bonnie Wakeman 

Sarasota School of Faux & Architectural Finishing
NOVEMBER 4-8, 2019....$1850 5 Days Monday thru Friday!
Instructor: Bonnie Wakeman
PreRequisite: None although some artistic or faux finishing ability or training is helpful


Bas-relief or low relief is a projecting image with a shallow overall depth. This art form dates back to the art of Ancient Egypt and other ancient cultures in Eastern, Asian and also Meso-America. In this class you will learn the art form of bas-relief and it's uses throughout history, where it has evolved to now and how it fits within the decorative painting industry today. 

Join us for this special event workshop when Bonnie Wakeman returns to the Sarasota School of Faux & Architectural Finishing! Bonnie and I have been talking for years about her coming back to teach another class and we are both so excited that the planets have finally aligned and it is happening! We are fortunate and blessed to have her since Bonnie very rarely teaches these days as she is so busy creating beautiful Bas Relief works of art across the country for her lucky clients.

Bonnie will be teaching this career level training workshop sharing product knowledge and sculpting techniques she has developed and used for the past 20+ years on walls, niches, and art panels. Most of each day will be spent in hands on endeavors building, sculpting and finishing your take home creations as well as learning to manage this unique creative process on larger surfaces as we work together to create leafed trees on mock wall surfaces. Bonnie will also dedicate critical time to discuss the business of Sculpting Bas Relief, marketing, and working with clients, designers and the building industry. The final day of class will be finishing day with Donna Phelps joining us to share a variety of techniques and products that will allow you to style your pieces to fit your market - from traditional to transitional to modern! Multiple pieces of varying size will be completed in class.

This workshop is meant for professional artists who want to pursue this art form as a career but we welcome those that just want to learn so they can have fun with it in their own home! The cost of the workshop is $1850 which may be paid in installments with the final payment due two weeks prior to class start.

So call the studio @ 941-921-6181 for all the details and to register with your deposit! Space is limited as only 12 students will be accepted for this class. Number of Installments and installment payment amounts will be determined by your registration date and time remaining till final payment date of October 21.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Bonnie Norling Wakeman is a fine artist, illustrator, muralist and sculptor. She and her husband Joe, (Joe's Fauxs), established Norling Wakeman Studios in the mid 90's, enhancing local homes and businesses. They have since expanded across the Rocky Mountain region and nationally as far as Florida and California. Bonnie has not only become known for her beautiful mural painting & unique sculptural relief murals, she also receives commissions in oil, acrylic, and bas relief fine art. Her desire to "pass it on" is her main motivation for producing her bas relief Instructional video and starting her workshops in 2011. "I want artists to know they can expand their creativity and businesses with this fun and rewarding art form!" Bonnie also produced a cover plate painting video and has instructed Artists over the years, in Portraiture, Pastel Painting, and Mural Painting.

The class will have ample amounts of demonstration and hands on experience including working on take home pieces that include a framed 24"x 36" shadowbox piece plus several other completed and finished technique display pieces of varying sizes. Class members will also work together to learn to manage tree building on mock wall panels On top of all of this you will be involved in the lectures and discussions on the business of marketing, pricing, and getting jobs in this aspect of decorative painting. The last day of class will be spent exploring finishing options with fabulous Faux Effects Products, Foils, and Embellishments! At the end of the five days of the class you will be awarded a certificate of completion of Level 1-2 Bas Relief Wall Sculpture. Accommodations and travel are not included in the workshop fee. The studio has special rates at several nearby hotels and Sarasota has many cost effective AirBnB and VRBO listings as well. The area is served by major airlines at the local Sarasota/Bradenton Airport. Tampa International and Ft Myers International are each about an hour and a half drive away.


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Sarasota School of Faux & Architectural Finishing
5122 Summerwood Court (by appt, see below)
Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone: 941-921-6181 or 888-454-FAUX (3289)

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