Learn the art of preparing and painting a fresco
Walter O’Neill will present a two-hour lecture/ participatory demonstration on the traditional technique of Fresco painting.
Fresco, meaning “fresh,” is the process of painting on freshly laid plaster with pigments dissolved in water. As both dry, a chemical reaction occurs, the carbon dioxide in the air combines with the calcium hydrate in the plaster, binding the colors directly to the wall. Fresco is one of the oldest and most durable methods of painting. Western Art’s greatest achievements were painted in true fresco, including: Ancient Pompeian murals, Michelangelo’s Sistine ceiling, Giotto’s Arena Chapel, and the 20th Century murals of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco.
The workshop introduces attendees to the process of creating and painting a true fresco, using the same materials and techniques of Medieval/ Renaissance artists. The participants prepare the special plaster, grind the pigments, transfer the drawing, and paint on freshly laid plaster. Attendees will complete all of the processes, but on an easel size surface.
O’Neill was the “Master Craftsman of Fresco” at the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of art. He taught fresco at the Skowhegen Art Residency in Maine for ten years. He has presented this workshop at many museums and colleges including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Williams College, University of Southern California, and University of Wisconsin.
The workshop is for art enthusiasts and practicing artists who want to gain a better understanding of fresco painting by participating in a hands-on experience. Please note that attendees must be 16 or over. This workshop is not suitable for children.
Free admission. Attendees must be 16 or older. Class limited to 30 people.
Must preregister by August 4 at http://lib.nova.edu/fresco