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"...I was absolutely inspired, both from the medium itself, and also from seeing your work, and you and your team in action. Thanks again for a great experience."

Mickey Bond

NEW!  Introduction to Fresco 4-day Private Workshop at the Fresco School!

Why an Introduction to Fresco Class?

After many years of teaching frescos classes, and evaluating the feedback received from prior students, The Fresco School put much thought into designing an introductory 3-day workshop.  Three days, we felt was needed to introduce to new students the very important basic fresco techniques;  the preparation of the cartoon sketches, applying plaster, exposure to mixing and grinding natural pigments, and the painting process. 

It is for these reasons, The Fresco School is proud to announce the addition of a new Introductory Fresco program designed to give comprehensive insight and practical introduction to traditional buon fresco.  This will prepare the student for the higher levels of fresco painting which will be offered in the Professional Class.

The workshop is being offered at a low cost of $450.00 which includes materials.  The Class agenda will be as follows:

Day One:  Fresco Materials and Cartoon

Day Two:  Plaster, Colors (pigments & grinding)  Preparation of fresco tiles

Day Three:  Painting (each student will paint 1 or 2 buon frescos)

Below is the link for registration and payment.  We look forward to seeing you !!

Registration and Enrollment (click this line)


Introductory Level Classes

Each student will be painting in the true fresco technique, working on the wet plaster. This workshop will introduce students to principals of fresco painting without going into professional details and applications. After this workshop student will be able to create small decorative buon frescoes.

Introduction to Fresco

Day One - Fresco Materials and Cartoon.
Day Two - Plaster, Colors (pigments & grinding), Preparation of Fresco Tiles.
Day Three - Painting, during this day each student will paint 1 or 2 buon frescoes on the Fresco Tiles prepared on Day Two of the workshop

For enrollment and individual class details, please select your location.

West Coast


3-day Introductory Fresco Workshop - is an excellent class which provides the student with the opportunity to get familiar with the concept of buon fresco - painting on wet plaster. During this class each student will paint a buon fresco on ceramic tile. This class gives student an ability to create small decorative buon frescoes as well as a key to exploration of the medium later on. On its own this Workshop is perfect for an artist looking for a more hands on knowledge rather then just a "creative process".


Professional Level Classes

2-day Express

5-day Classic

6-day Private


1st day Plaster
2nd day Painting

1st day  Cartoon
2nd day Pigments
3rd day Fresco Tile
4th day Fresco Plaster
5th day Fresco Panel

1st day Cartoon
2nd day Pigments
3rd day Fresco Tile
4th day Fresco Plaster
5th day Fresco Panel
6th day Fresco Panel


This fast-paced workshop is for our existing students includes painting in multiple giornatas. People with previous fresco training may apply.

For enrollment and individual class details, please select your location.

West Coast

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2-day Professional Express Fresco Workshop is designed with a busy professional artist in mind and involves three instructors (painting, plaster, pigments) to provide the most knowledge in the minimum of time and expense. Day one are dedicated to the professional fresco plaster applications and day 2 to painting of a fresco panel.  Several fresco panels are prepared for each student allowing our instructors to teach each step of creating a fresco without the wait for the material to cure. Student will learn and practice pigment preparation and painting as well as each of the plaster layer required for a professional fresco.

3-day Introductory and 2-day Professional Express compose - Classic 5-DAY PROFESSIONAL  FRESCO WORKSHOP which enables student to "transfer" existing painting skills to a new medium with ease and confidence.

Of cause if you desire to achieve the most experience and confidence before you take the new skill into-the-field we offer 6-day EXTENDED PRIVATE FRESCO WORKSHOP composed of 3-day Introductory Fresco Workshop and 3-day  PROFESSIONAL fresco workshops. During this class each student will complete 4 frescoes under private tutoring from our instructors.

Our ADVANCED FRESCO WORKSHOPS are offered to our existing students and people with previous fresco painting experience.

At our Fresco Workshop you will learn:

Step by step tutorial on preparation for Fresco. We will guide You through development of the concept and design, building composition based on giornatas, calculating the time and steps, ordering material.
Developing of the Cartoon and making tracings. From concept sketch and color rendering to full scale Cartoon and color study. Finalizing giornatas layout and making tracings.  
Wall preparation. Plaster selection and application. Sand and lime mixtures. Humidity control and moisture. Tools and equipment. Tips from master-plasterer Ian Hardwick.
Pigment selection and color preparation. Pigment grinding and storing ground base colors. Use of white and monitoring mixed colors during painting. Tools and equipment.
Painting and joining giornatas. Steps in painting. Morning, midday, evening differences. "Golden Hour" and drying challenge. Plaster behaviors and planning of the painting day.
Materials for Fresco. Where and how to find and buy fresco supplies. Lime, pigments, brushes, etc. On-line ordering.
Ways to apply new skills. How to introduce your new skills to your clients, designers, architects, community.

Workshop Extras

  • The Fresco School has perfected a style in which all who are interested can learn. The head instructor at the school, iLia Anossov, understands that people need to be introduced to a complicated medium such as fresco in a form that they know and understand. He begins by allowing each student to work with images they chose, in a style they are comfortable with. iLia believes that the more freedom students have, the more willing they are to attempt new and different techniques. His teaching style also relies heavily on individual attention with each of the students. Both the freedom that iLia encourages and the one-on-one instruction help to make the class accessible to established and beginner artists alike.

  • The students who attend these classes become acquainted with all the steps of buon fresco painting: preparation of the cartoon, mixing colors, grinding pigments, building plaster coats, laying intonaco, and climate/moisture control. They will practice building color and working with values and shadows. Through the use of verdaccio under-painting, iLia will show the students how to achieve richness of color using transparent fresco paints. In addition to learning the classical methods, the student will also be instructed in modern and experimental fresco techniques.

  • The Fresco Schoolís master plasterer, Ian Hardwick, will instruct the students in the aspects of applying layers of plaster needed to create a fine painting surface. Ian will demonstrate the methods for mixing and applying plaster. Each student will get a chance to personally apply and trowel each layer of plaster. In addition, the students will learn and practice the methods of joining giornatas. Ian prefers a hands-on style of teaching. Ian feels that a foundation structured around hands-on experiences makes it easier for students to continue their studies independently.

  • In addition to learning how to plaster their own boards, the Fresco School will supply the students with a number of previously prepared surfaces to practice their fresco technique. Students will have the opportunity to work on tiles, boards, and panels of various sizes. The Fresco School has also prepared 2 Ĺ foot square boards with fine wooden frames for the studentís more refined work. When the class is completed, not only will each student take home up to four frescos, the student will have accumulated extensive knowledge of every step involved in fresco painting.

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