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The aim of the course is to give you the ability to autonomously design mural paintings and execute these on a professional level. Of course the things we teach also apply to canvas painting and smaller formats! You will not only be trained as a mural painter, but rather as a painter in whole, who paints representationally following nature.
Another aim of the course is that you gain the ability to represent you abilities and are able to market them. This ability is not restricted to mural paintings either.

There are 9 seminars on the teaching plan, and additionally also the Trompe-l’oeil week.

1. Semester

  • Seminar 1: Basics of illusion painting (3 days)
  • Seminar 2: Painted stone / Illusion surfaces (3 days)

2. Semester

  • Seminar 3: Sky and Sea, Night sky (3 days)
  • Seminar 4: Perspective in mural painting (2 days)
  • Seminar 5: Tuscan landscapes (3 days)

3. Semester

  • Seminar 6: Grey tone painting (3 days)
  • Seminar 7: Drapes (4 days)
  • Seminar 8: Marketing (2 days)

4. Semester

  • Seminar 9 : Park scenery with statue (3 days)
  • Painting week / Final project (5 days)
Final projects

Final projects

The painting week (final exam)

During the five day painting week in the studio Benad, every participant, with the aid of well designed blueprints, creates an illusion painting on canvas. Additionally, there will be revision of things learned in the course of the program, there will be feedback and we will answer individual questions anyone may have.


Eine wichtige Grundlage, nicht nur Wissen, sondern auch eigene Fähigkeiten zu erwerben, besteht im eigenständigen wiederholten Üben. Darum legen wir Wert darauf, dass Sie nicht nur an den Seminaren teilnehmen, sondern dass Sie in den Zeiten zwischen den Seminaren eigene Arbeiten anfertigen.

The topics for work to be done at home will be set by us and will correspond with the seminars. Once you start engaging with a topic in your own time, questions will come up from time to time, which will need to be cleared up. You will also come across challenges you may not have noticed during the seminars. These questions are part of the homework discussion in the following seminar.

The more you practise and the more questions you have to ask in the next seminar, the better your preparation will be for commissioned work, which you will carry out independently at the end of the training. Use the time at the academy for as much practise as possible, to enable yourself to receive the best individual support by us. A good ratio would be to do 2 days of homework for every seminar day. The more you do , the better.

Good examples and precise instructions are an important part of your success in learning, but they can never replace asking questions and practising. Success not only depends on your talent and willingness to learn but also, how much time and energy you invest into the program.

Homework discussion

Homework discussion