Hand-Silvered Distressed Glass . Mixed Media Portraits . Decorative Wall Finishes



Classes, materials, lodging, and meals are included in price.

The exception may be one evening when you can enjoy some local dining.

Price: $1199.00 if you register by August 30. $1340 starting September 19.

$400 deposit due at registration. Flexible 1 or 2 payments can be made by September 18. Let us know.

When: October 14 - 18, 2019 (Plan on arriving Sunday after 5pm)

Where: Spooner, Wisconsin

Venue: Private lake property

Instructors - Ruth Giovannetti . Juliette Belmonte

This is not a class. This is an experience!


Ruth Giovannetti

Hand-Silvered Distressed Glass

Class description: In this class, you will learn the art of hand silvering and distressing glass. You will also learn how to properly protect the back of your glass and the correct way to install for your clients. This class is for anyone looking to expand their portfolio into a new medium..mirrors! Turn ordinary glass into a stunning backsplash, accent wall or art niche. 

Through an extensive process of trial error, Ruth has developed a way around the frustrating aspect of removing the backing of commercial mirrors, by simply avoiding it altogether. Since Ruth started working with this technique, she has dramatically cut down on her costs, and now approximately 1/3 of her business has become hand silvering distressed mirrors. 

In this class, you will complete multiple glass tile samples to show your future clients.

Products Used: Angel Gilding mirroring supplies, silver solution and reducer.

Bio: Working as a decorative artisan/painter in Lubbock, Texas, for the past twenty years, Ruth has had the chance to work in different mediums of our craft. As we all know, we'll paint anything, if it sits still long enough. I work mostly in water-based products, both for health and environmental issues. I have had the pleasure of working in Dongguan, China, and Beijing, China. Lubbock, Texas has been my home for over thirty years, and I love it! We have a small company, Gio Studio, run by myself and my son, Jeremy Giovannetti. We have two part-time employees, Wendy Lavo, and Tina Holm that we couldn't do without. 



Juliette Belmonte

Mixed Media Portraits

Class description: We’ll create semi- abstract, multi- textured portraits using a variety of unique mixed media techniques. We’ll work with Golden acrylics and mediums to incorporate fabrics, papers and found objects 
into our portraits to create a work that is personal and unique.

Other: Students are encouraged to bring sentimental items from home such as pieces of fabric or copies of photos to incorporate into paintings.

Products Used: Golden mediums and paints

Bio: Born in Costa Rica to a French mother and Argentinian father, Juliette was one of seven children in a large and adventurous family. She took to painting at a very young age, learning and working alongside her mother, a prolific and succesful collage artist. Her parents fostered and encouraged Juliette's creativity throughout her young life and signed her up for her first official painting class at the age of ten. She has been studying painting ever since.

Juliette has studied at the Art Student’s League of New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She has shown her work extensively throughout North and South America and has collectors and admirers world wide. Currently, Juliette is living and working in California.

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Classes, lodging and food at the retreat location are provided.  Breakfast is continental style.  One evening we may go out and you are responsible for your supper.


In celebration of Faux Retreats 10 year anniversary, we are having a special 2 day retreat October 26 & 27 in Oregon, Illinois.

Olivier Garnier, owner of Color Atelier will be just one of the instructors teaching you some fabulous finishes. You will be working with lime paint, limestone plaster and Taldelakt, with is used in wet areas such as showers, and outdoor areas. You will also be able to use products on an actual wall.

We will be announcing other surprises soon.

This is exclusive to past Faux Retreat attendees. If you have registered for either of the 2019 Faux Retreats, you are also welcome to attend after your registration has been paid in full.