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Fresco, Secco and Sgraffito (A)

Fresco is surely one of the oldest but at the same time one of the most difficult painting techniques. The success of this technique depends fully on one’s knowledge of the characteristics of lime. Painting on a carrier that is constantly humid (but a humidity varying every minute) is a technique, one surely has to learn. Another challenge is getting to think in fixed giornati, meanings to build up a large composition in fully completed parts of a puzzle. This means one needs to anticipate all the time what is will happen. Designing and also the colour planning therefore plays a more significant role in fresco than in any other technique. Planning is a keyword in the Fresco technique. Spontaneity can only be used by very skilled and experienced fresco painters. One also has to grasp  a rudimentary skill in plastering to enable putting on the intonaco oneself. Building up colours in transparent layers is standard procedure in almost every course of this program, but in fresco it is absolutely necessary. Secco can be considered as a simpler way to make natural murals in lime or as the completion of a Fresco needing more linear details. Sgraffito is one of the most impressive mural arts. Sgraffito is a technique in which the two-dimensional is alternated with the three-dimensional to make monumental decorations on a freshly plastered wall. All these techniques can be used in a very contemporary way. However, they require an abundance of skills and technical knowledge in which tradition plays a significant role.

10 lessons and collective final mural: Every Tuesday from March 2019 until April 2019

Fee: € 850,-

The making of Fresco in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Video by Lukas Stofferis (AKA 2012).

Fresco, Secco And Sgraffito (A)
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