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Fresco Painting Lesson
Transcript of Fresco Painting Lesson
What is Fresco?
The technique of applying paint directly into wet, fresh, lime mortar or plaster is known as Buon Fresco. It requires the artist to work in small sections at a time and to paint quickly, before the plaster dries. Mistakes are difficult to correct. Fresco Secco, or “dry” fresco, is a technique that applies pigment to a dry plaster surface. Leonardo da Vinci
experimented with this method in his famed “The Last Supper” fresco. Although he was able to work directly, this approach proved to be much more susceptible to damage over time.
Why are fresco's important?
History is greatly indebted to Fresco painting.
Much of the knowledge we have about life in
ancient cultures is gathered from paintings
that were permanently sealed into plaster
on walls and ceilings. Fresco paintings were created by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and extremely well preserved examples are found in the Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. The art flourished throughout the middle ages and
reached it’s peak of excellence in the 16th century with the work of Raphael in the Vatican Palace and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco's.
How will we create our own fresco's?
By using a simple plaster we can
create a small, portable Fresco Secco of our
own. Pastels, colored pencil and paint can all
be applied to a dry plaster surface, and later
sealed for permanency. For fun and
excitement, we will “antique” the finished artwork by
intentionally breaking our plaster and
form stress fractures.