Fresco School Program Prerequisite
Buon Fresco Painting Foundations Explained and Illustrated.
I asked iLia
why I couldnít simply sign up for his workshop at the Fresco School and learn
what is needed to create a fresco during a week in class, enjoy a bit of
professional networking and "fill in" with online resources? His explanation is
worth repeating and reflects the many advantages of our digital world as compared
to the now out-of-date limited opportunities for education.
Previous to the
availability of this 5 volume set of tutorials on the Foundations of Fresco
Painting, a student had to come to the Fresco School in Los Angeles, pay for
lodging and airfare, food, daily transportation.† No online fresco tutorials
existed. Students attending the onsite workshops had to spend time learning the
basics before any hands-on experience, and needed to add subsequent private or
group sessions to become competent enough to fulfill a fresco commission
independently. This simply wasnít practical for a freelance artist; for most of
us time is money.
integrates the artistís prior media knowledge and is the technical mother of
all arts. It is a complex, green, environmentally perfect media with its own
properties; relating equally to art and science and style independent.
Having the technical knowledge and
practice of the medium of fresco will provide an understanding all painting
mediums. Itís not the same as being familiar with oil painting and learning
apprenticeships, however, are no longer practical, nor do they exist. Todayís
artist needs to be able to make a living now, not in five years.
of the Renaissance method for the DVDs is not style-suggestive but the logical
choice, since during that time painting became bound with understanding of the
scientific principles of the reflection of light and became more technically
organized. Painting stopped being only intuitive; artists learned to plan
technical steps with great precision and simplicity. Weíre all familiar with
the term "Renaissance Man," a combination of scientist, artist, poet, writer,
unique real-time instructional style allows the viewer to have questions
answered, reviewed until understood, and to watch the physical demonstration of
each principle until itís fully internalized. There is no need to take notes or
photographs. The periodic summarizing text lays out the organized methodology
that led ILia to produce his thirty years of personal experience and seventeen
years of teaching fresco classes into this precise, linear process within a
progressive and organized format.
immediate practical advantage for an artist is that when they come to the
studio for a private or group session, they can now arrive equipped with
foundational principles and begin at their particular focus and on an advanced
level. Fresco is an art that depends upon nuance as much as on the scientific
understanding of the physical properties of the media. The value of working
with a master artist in his studio is irreplaceable, but if the artist can save
money, time and effort learning well-organized principles and step into the
studio fully-prepared to learn advanced techniques, the advantage of purchasing
a set of DVDís as compared to several weeks or months travel, expense and
studio time is obvious.
thought to create a single DVD as a supplement to his introductory workshop.
Beginning to organize his information, he realized that he often referred to
his own fifteen years of teaching notes to recall information, such as the
relationship of plaster thickness relative to the complexity of the work. As iLia
remarks, "We all cut corners and we all forget things we should remember. Everyone
needs a tool to be able to recalibrate the sequence of technical steps of
struck by †the many detailed demonstrations, lecture notes and charts necessary
to impart the principles of creating an image according to the technical
principles of manipulating the reflection of light. It would eventually
take him five years to distill thirty years of experience into this 5 volume
set of essential and easy to absorb information. †iLia emphasizes this set is
an ongoing resource, the equivalent of an apprenticeship or a week long private
class where the student can repeat a question or see the technique more than
The heart of
these DVDís is radically different from "How to Paint an Apple," or "How to use
Oils." This set fully explains the medium and the foundational, technical
principles behind creating an image on the wet plaster and frankly, any image
whether representational or abstract, because the information is style
independent. As such, any artist can utilize these DVDís to further their
own individuality. (by S. Horodesky, student/apprentice)
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER
Class Prerequisite -
"Buon Fresco Foundations: DVD Tutorial Set"
It is required that you watch all available videos of this Set prior to the workshop.
To purchase this DVD click here
or to read more about prerequisite click here...
Alternatively you can call your Local Library and ask them if they have a copy.
If your library does not have one, have them call Fresco School (310) 779-5079 and order a Library Special Set
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