Since 1997 The Fresco School in Los Angeles, California has been the worlds premiere institution for instruction in the 'Mother of All Arts,' the (buon) true fresco technique. Now the school is growing in even more new and exciting ways. 'Our goal is to see fresco being painted in every town' - says iLia Anossov (fresco), founder of the Fresco School. To achieve this goal Fresco School is proud to announce diverse expansion with a new facility, private fresco class options and an in-depth DVD tutorial series. Classic fresco paintings, like those by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, are the oldest, and at the same time, the most endangered form of art. Learn the only pure 'organic' method of painting - no solvents, glues or man-made materials are used. Paint with molten marble like the magnificent Renaissance masters. Discover the most permanent art form, one that lasts through the centuries or millennia!
The True Green & Organic Method of Painting
As both modern society and the paint as well as fine and applied art industries move more toward the use of green products, fresco stands as the original and truly pure 'organic' method of painting. Fresco painting uses no petroleum-based solvents, glues or man-made materials, therefore, none of the toxic fumes associated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are created. True frescoes are made of slaked lime (calcium hydrate) and paints prepared from natural pigments of oxides, ochres, umbers and made of minerals and various clays. Calcium hydrate, or lime patty, is not only a crucial element for proper functioning of the human body, but also has been used in agriculture as fertilizer since the beginning of written record. Any plaster and paint debris from fresco painting can be dispersed safely and harmlessly into the ground since it contains a natural chemical composition that directly benefits the earth and came from the earth.
The Fresco School
The only art school offering a full spectrum of ongoing fresco curriculum throughout the entire calendar year, The Fresco School focuses solely on the traditional (buon) true fresco technique, which is often not available in mainstream art schools. From introductory level lessons to advanced fresco programs, our curriculum also includes supplemental fresco restoration techniques and mural painting seminars. Each class schedule is custom-designed for the individual student. All programs are taught by highly accredited working professional artists and craftsmen.
New Fresco School Facilities
With 20' tall ceilings and over 8000 square feet of floor space, the new Fresco School location near Broadway and Washington in the art hub of downtown Los Angeles. Main classroom features a full scale 'Fresco Practice Wall' and is perfect for learning how to construct full-sized frescoes. Originally built in 1925, the new facility is constructed of open-air classrooms punctuated by columns, between architecture and decoration. The expansive fresco showroom and fresco wall gives a chance to view frescoes as they are meant to be viewed - with space and at a distance. Walking distance or 'quick jump' on the metro from major downtown hotels and museums makes it very convenient for on-the-budget student.
Fresco Wall an essential tool for advanced classes
In an effort to give a tangible context in which classic frescoes are built, The Fresco School has constructed a full size, 8' x 16', four-coat Fresco Wall. The new structure offers students an authentic opportunity to practice multiple Giornata Frescoes, Fresco removal methods - strappo or calicot, lime painting, distemper as well as Secco and Mezzo fresco. Whether used by advanced fresco apprentices to gain practice and skill needed for working in sections for painting full-scale wall frescoes or novices learning classic painting techniques, the Fresco Wall is an important tool.
DVD Tutorial: Buon Fresco Foundations Video Set
This indispensable video set is a crucial reference tool and major catalyst to better productivity during workshops as well as a prerequisite to attending any class. This complete fresco tutorial introduces students to the foundational principles and techniques of classic Fresco Painting.
This five-volume complete DVD tutorial includes:
Fresco Plaster - Introduction to foundational principles and techniques of the preparation and application of slaked lime plaster for True (Buon) Fresco Painting.
Fresco Cartoon - Fundamentals of drawing a full-scale rendering, a vital tool for proper execution of the future fresco.
Fresco Pigments & Paint - Guide for selection of natural minerals and oxides and how prepare paints and condition them for fresco painting.
Fresco Painting - Verdaccio - Basics of full monochromatic under-painting techniques for creation of tonal values and a crucial element of fresco painting.
Fresco Painting - Color - Principals for understanding how build volume, tone and color using layers, using both transparent and opaque fresco painting methods.
iLia Anossov (fresco), one of the very few artists in the world who can be considered a master in the art of fresco painting, guides the student by a thorough and clear demonstration of the principles of fresco buono by creating genuine buon frescoes in front of the camera. The entire process, from selecting materials to the completion of a fresco, is explained and filmed in real time without omissions.
Buon Fresco Foundations - Superior Techniques For All Painted Images!
The Buon Fresco Foundations Tutorial is not just for fresco painters.
Paintings as well as drawings created in oil or other non-fresco mediums have a relatively short life time and examples can be traced back only several hundred years, reproductions and photographs even less. Historically frescoes were the only remaining 'records', references to the techniques, methods and styles used by the artists of the past becoming the ultimate 'test books' serving artists through tenth of thousands of years. Since the Renaissance Fresco is referred to as 'The Mother of All Arts'.
Even a brief experience in fresco will dramatically improve your work in other visual arts mediums. The fresco experience an artist receives using this DVD set and/or attending a fresco workshop is invaluable for a better understanding of the classic principles of visual arts as it applies to painting and drawing. During just a few days of fresco study, the intricate and refined technical details of any medium become evident to the student, while it can take years to understand the same principles when using other mediums.
The most efficient drafting and painting methods and systems ever known were ultimately discovered through fresco techniques because of the precision necessary and the time constraints dictated by the chemical reactions that occur during fresco painting. In this DVD tutorial we demonstrate these foundational principles. Known as the Classic Painting system/technique, these are the most efficient and refined painting methods in visual art.
New Options From The Fresco School
From introductory levels to advanced classes, The Fresco School has always offered all-inclusive insight and practical instruction in the traditional buon fresco painting technique. But now, with one on one Instructor-Assisted Buon Fresco Painting Practice Sessions, Private Fresco Tutoring and Individual Fresco Classes, students can catapult to higher levels of achievement with these supplemental 'after workshop' opportunities to explore the medium.
For advanced and apprentice level fresco students, fully equipped workstations, complete with plastering assistance, are now also available with daily access to the studio during normal business hours.
New supplemental classes for advanced fresco study covering strappo, mezzo, secco and distemper techniques as well as perspective and value-tone-color classes further reveal correlations between fresco and conventional mediums. Thus making it evident that fresco, as the origin of the painting arts is the ultimate and the most effective method to learn the art of painting.
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