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World-Class Architectural Artist to Teach Master Classes at East Bay's New Creative-Commerce Hub, The Gate

Andrew Johnstone Shares Expertise in Marbling and Wood-graining Painting Techniques in Rare, Hands-on Classes

SAN LEANDRO, CA--(Marketwired - March 17, 2014) - "Artists and craftsmen keep secrets because they are valuable," says Andrew Johnstone, Director of the Architectural Arts Guild, artist for the British Royal Family and design artist for the "Man" at Burning Man (the world's largest art event, held annually in Black Rock Desert, Nevada). Now, for the first time, Johnstone is letting others in on many of the secrets of marbling, wood-graining, and trompe l'oeil (deceive the eye) painting techniques that only he possesses. "I am committed to passing on this legacy so that others can continue the art, increase sustainability of exotic woods and marbles and exponentially increase their earning potential."

Following a classical European education in the arts, Johnstone became the apprentice and protégé of William Holgate (1931-2002), the world's finest practitioner of the decorative arts since master grainer Thomas Kershaw in the 19th century. Today, Johnstone is the leading authority in these highly specialized architectural arts.

An opportunity to study old-world painting techniques with a world-class master

From Kershaw to Holgate to Johnstone, and now to those who attend Johnstone's small and highly sought-after classes, the secrets of these centuries-old techniques are being passed down through the ages. Johnstone is committed to giving back to the community by sharing his legacy in master classes so that local painters and artists can gain important skills and earn a diploma in the classic faux finishing arts of marbling and wood graining.

Open to just five participants per session, the five-day classes will be given monthly beginning April 5-9 and May 5-9, 2014, exclusively at The Gate, a newly transformed creative space for the art, tech, and maker community in the East Bay. 

Participants gain skills, earning power, plus membership in the Architectural Arts Guild

"The Bay Area is the Renaissance Florence of our age," Johnstone declares. "Talent from all over the planet is being drawn here and The Gate has become their home." The concept of "a guild of artists" draws together artists around a common passion and shared knowledge.

Providing hands-on, step-by-step instruction, Johnstone enables participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist. Students will produce their own set of exhibition panels to assist in selling their new higher-priced skills, as well as learn key methodologies for selling their work to designers and architects. At the end of the class, students will receive a diploma in marbling and wood graining as well as membership in the Architectural Arts Guild. A four minute informational video by Johnstone about the history, the skills and the Guild can be found here: youtu.be/EVlQGnJvoLk.

For more information or to register for the April 5-9 or May 5-9 master classes in classical painting marbling and graining techniques with world-class expert Andrew Johnstone at The Gate, 1933 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA, visit http://architecturalartsguild.com, email info@[email protected] or call 510-823-7320.

About Andrew Johnstone
A British artist now living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrew Johnstone is a muralist specializing in photo-real trompe l'oeil. While working on the restoration of Gothic cathedrals, royal palaces, and international architectural treasures, Johnstone has also been involved in with the design of the "Man" for Burning Man since 2005. Other clients include Chabot Space and Science Center, Stanford Medical Center, and NASA, and he is proud to serve as Arts Commissioner for Alameda County.

About The Gate
Animated by the creative energy of its artists-in-residence, tech-startup visionaries, and makers of all stripes, The Gate is simply not like other commercial buildings. Well, it is, perhaps, reminiscent of such earlier, precedent-setting New York City landmarks as the iconic Brill Building, where the art and business of music was turned on its ear, or The Factory, where Warhol and friends lived and breathed entirely new art forms. It also takes a digital page from Silicon Valley's Xerox PARC and all those suburban garages, where mice and killer apps were invented and creators changed the world. Today, combining art and commerce in 1,000 - 10,000 square foot spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), The Gate goes beyond the concept of "commercial building" to meld commerce and creativity for 21st century movers and shakers: artists, technologists, and makers. For more information on The Gate, 1933 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA, visit http://thegate510.com or contact Building Manager, Dave Holley at 510-729-0116 or Eco-System Manager, Cheryl Edison at 415-533-9990.

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