Overall, the workshop will focus on studying the details of both wall and panel preparation as well as classic fresco and sgraffito techniques. In addition, students will further their understanding of the perspective, value range principals, and the verdaccio under painting and its consequent effect on the painting process.
In the course of the two-week workshop, students will create one small-scale work, individually exploring the sgraffito technique and one group “fresco bodega” project, an eight by four foot, wall fresco in the buon fresco technique, which will be adorned with classic sgraffito elements. Students will explore classic techniques of buon fresco, sgraffito, preparatory stages and final wall painting stage.
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iLia is one of the very few artists in the world who are considered masters of the art of traditional fresco painting. His extensive knowledge of the techniques of this unique art form are much admired and sought out. He has been widely exhibited in Russia, Europe and the United States. His commissions include large-scale frescoes and murals in private homes as well as public areas around the world. iLia is the founder of the Fresco School and he has been teaching fresco painting at the Fresco School, Otis College of Art & Design, Getty Institute and other venues since 1996.