During my fresco program at the Getty Villa we will explore the Roman Period of fresco using references from the Getty’s fabulous collection of Roman frescoes; didactic fresco panels in Roman style that I have prepared for the program and hands on practice. Each student will complete a buon fresco in Roman tradition.
The Medium of Fresco is defined by the chemical reaction of the calcium hydroxide combining with carbon dioxide in the air forming calcium carbonate. During this process natural pigments are being trapped within the calcium carbonate crystal which permanently binds them to the surface.
There are several distinct “style boundaries” that define fresco traditions throughout it’s global history across the cultures. For example plaster composition of the Roman Period is different from that of the Renaissance.
During the class I will have an opportunity to provide “lead-ins” into the other periods and cultures in reference to the principles of the medium with the aid of screening segments from “Buon Fresco Foundations DVD Tutorials”.
The Medium of Fresco is style independent it is practiced for thousands of years by virtually every culture on Earth. However style does influence the application, plaster composition and ratios, the relationship is direct and linear – the more complex the image the more layers of paint it will need, more water the wall will need to absorb and circulate during the painting process.
I am posting my notes on the Medium of Fresco in “The Medium” section of this blog.
To register, please call (310) 440-7300 or visit http://www.getty.edu/visit/calendar/events/Courses.html
Also, I will be teaching a 2 day fresco workshop on a combination of the Renaissance and Roman methods during the IDAL Convention in Indianapolis IN October 8th – 12th.
For in depth professional level workshops and programs see the FrescoSchool.org