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s True Fresco painting technique is nothing but an unbelievable grace!

When your paintbrush, loaded with paint, touches the surface of a fresh lime-based plaster, the inspiration is here,-just let it in.

To say the truth, you need just a little to make it real.

Want to try painting a real true fresco image??

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Join our
True Fresco Course in Byzantine Arts Center!

Course Times: May 29 - 31, 2015

Friday and Saturday - 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Sunday - 1:00 PM - 6 PM

One hour lunch break is planned to be at about noon. There will also be short breaks for during the day.

Location: 101 E Market St. Leesburg VA, (USA).

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Workshop description:

To have a successful true fresco painting session we start our workshop applying the first layer of lime based plaster on our painting panels, so it dries up well by the time we are ready to paint.

Then we get our working places ready, choose the models and train to paint our images on water color paper to make the ďcartoonsĒ. This process is accompanied by lectures, explaining the true fresco chemical side and certain tradiional skills, necessary for this type of painting technique.

Depending on the complexity of the images, students make one or two images during the first workshop day and try drawing on the first layer if we have time for it. The days Two and Three are completely dedicated to painting process

We provide certain variety of models for our true fresco workshops in color photocopies. If you wish to take some particular image as a model, please get in contact with us in advance to make sure it fits the course format.

All the necessary instruments and materials are provided by the instructor, including the panels for painting, brushes and pigments.

Important notice: the plastering work can be quiet messy, so the students are recommended to wear appropriate clothes and bring their own aprons to avoid spoiling.

The instructor's goal to make students familiar with the main principles of true fresco and facilitate the painting process is accomplished through active presence, advisory and help.

At our 3-days course we plan to execute two images in true fresco technique and learn:

  • What is lime and what is true fresco
  • What is cartoon and how to make it
  • Best ways to prepare the plaster (and a variety of fillers)

  • Technical literacy (and safety),-cooperation with lime

  • List of the pigments and types of brushes

  • Practice of true fresco painting

  • Registration and fees:

    The full cost of our 3-day True Fresco Course is $420.

    This includes the tuition, instruments and materials,necessary for the class.

    To register, you can either pay half ($100) or make a full payment ($420).The group will be limited to 10 participants with one instructor and 17 with two.

    Choose an option below:

    The registration payments are non-refundable, unless the workshop is canceled due to lack of participation. Students will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. For details regarding registrations, payments and other enquiries, please contact Philip Davydov: phildavydov@gmail.com

    The True Fresco Technique

    The true fresco technique is also known as "buon bresco" or "affresco".

    The principle of true fresco technique is following:painting process is performed over a thin layer of freshly applied lime based plaster.The paint is absorbed immediately and feels literally like releasing a bird.

    Pigments are mixed up just with water with no binder or glue. The painting process is performed over a thin layer of freshly applied lime based mortar or plaster. After a number of hours the plaster reacts with the air in a process called carbonatation.

    This chemical reaction fixes the pigment particles at the plaster's surface in a very thin protective crystalline mesh known as the lime crust. With the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall.

    All the components, necessary for painting true fresco, are extremely affordable and require just some practical skills to handle them.


    The earliest known examples of images done in the Buon Fresco method date at around 1500 BC and are to be found on the island of Crete in Greece. Besides, true fresco was widely used by ancient, medieval and rennessaince aritsts in a great variety of styles and methods.


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