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Traditional & Contemporary Paint Effects Classes, Workshops & Courses.
Simon, course curator at South Coast Studio, using a fantasy faux oak wood graining paint effect technique to brighten the shop front of a local pottery school.

Providing high quality, engaging and inspiring, online courses

We also offer professional, in-person classes & workshops in:

  • The ancient art of marbling

  • The craft of wood graining

  • Hand painted furniture

  • Faux painted stone techniques

  • Broken colour paint effects

  • Gold & silver leaf gilding

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Students attending a faux stone paint effects workshop at South Coast Studio in Kent, learning the skills needed to create different stone paint effects and how to protect their work when complete.
A student learning the faux oak wood graining paint effect technique during a workshops at South Coast Studio in Kent.
Upcoming in-person workshops and classes
What's on now?

The workshops and classes take place at South Coast Studio in Hythe, Kent, in our purpose built, fully equipped studio. We aim to schedule these events for around the end of each month through the summer and autumn, right up to the beginning of December. We provide real-time, personalised tutoring and support from an experienced professional.

Check out reviews from previous students:

The Art & Craft of

Next workshop:
Sat 29th June 2024



The Art & Craft of Woodgraining

Next workshop:
Sun 30th June 2024


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A luxury roll top bath hand painted with a faux black marble paint effect technique by Simon, course curator at South Coast Studio

Learn traditional & modern decorative paint effect techniques from a qualified tradesman with 35+ years experience and give your projects a truly professional look.

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Simon Nobs, director of Snobs Interiors a professional decorating company specialising in paint effects, and course curator at South Coast Studio delivering online courses and workshops at the Studio in Kent

Meet The Director & Instructor - Simon Nobs

For over 35 years I have been running Snobs Interiors - providing a high quality painting and decorating service for my clients throughout the UK and across Europe.

I am also a trained and qualified decorative paint effects artist, and undertake commissions in conservation and restoration work. These services include, marbling, woodgraining, faux stone and colourwash painting.

For the last 25 years, I have been teaching and running courses and workshops, in subjects ranging from, marbling and graining, to gilding and furniture restoration.

There are fewer and fewer opportunities for those who would like to learn the ancient art of traditional decorative paint effect techniques from an experienced professional. As a result, age old skills such as woodgraining, faux marbling and broken colour paint effects are slowly being lost and forgotten.


To prevent these skills from disappearing altogether, I have carefully designed a number of comprehensive courses to enable anyone who has an interest in the craft to tackle the more challenging aspects of decorative paint techniques with confidence, even though they may have had no previous experience.



Great course. Simon was an excellent teacher and talked and walked through explanations and examples very simply. The work shop was great and the pace of the course was spot on. Highly recommend it to those interested in these courses.

John M. October 2023

Marbling & Painted Furniture

Studio Workshop

A very nice and informative painting course with a pleasant and knowledgeable tutor

John H. August 2018

Granite & Sandstone

Studio Workshop

The day was very enjoyable, you taught us so much in a short space of time. I was quite nervous but you immediately put me at ease. I achieved an end result that far exceeded my expectations

Ian. May 2018

Art of Marbling

Studio Workshop

Great fun and set in a very calm, quiet studio. Simon was very knowledgeable and I was happy with the paint effect I produced. I would be confident in performing the technique again.

Callum. November 2017

Wood Graining

Studio Workshop

Looking for a high-quality painting and decorating service that also offers restoration and conservation expertise? Look no further! Snobs Interiors are dedicated to providing top-notch services, including, interior design, hand painted kitchens and bathrooms, fabric & paper wall-hanging and decorative paint effects skills, that will leave your space looking beautiful and unique. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your vision.

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