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Italian Artisan Courses in Florence, Italy
Fresco, Sgraffito, Lime Plasters & Wall Finishes

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Lime plaster: Today's decorators are increasingly called upon to employ this incredibly versatile and naturally beautiful historical material with many modern uses. Learn quickly with our teachers who have vast technical knowledge many years of practical experience as professional decorators.

 Historical Lime, Fresco and Sgraffito techniques  Level 1,2,3 | Hours: 20
Duration: Monday to Friday | Time: 9:00-17:30 | Dates and prices

This course is suitable for people who wish to understand this material in order to create decorative wall finishes, fresco paintings or panels, or to understand how to restore fresco paintings. Lime is a beautiful and flexible material with a long history in the art of interior and exterior decoration.

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Course objectives:
-Understand the properties and uses of lime paint and plaster to get the most from the material.
-learn the historical techniques of true fresco painting and sgraffitto.
-Produce sample panels in the techniques of fresco painting and sgraffitto.

This course covers:
chemical and physical properties of lime plaster, basic information about the production and aging of the material.
which pigments are stable and compatibile with lime.
the use of pigmented mortars to make textural decorations or paintings on any type of ground.
production of graphics and their transfer into suitable cartoons to be used for the two major types of 'al fresco' plaster work, a "buon fresco" and "graffito".
the production of two painted frescoes and two sgraffito works on small (transportable) panels.

About the course:
This course is suitable for people who wish create decorative fresco paintings or panels, or to understand how to restore fresco paintings. Lime is a beautiful and flexible material with a long history in the art of interior and exterior decoration. Painters with experience in other mediums will be thrilled by the versatility of the fresco medium and the luminousity and purity of the colours. This course is an intensive study of this very versatile material. It is recommended for artists using other mediums who wish to try true fresco, or for people with a desire to understand the practical aspects of this historically important medium. Instructors of this calibre are a real resource for anyone wishing to learn much in a short time.

Instructor: Marco Cavallini

 Italian Plaster Wall Finishes  Level 1,2 | Hours: 20
Duration: Monday to Friday | Time: 14:30-18:30 | Dates and prices


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> Course objectives: 
• become familiar with lime plasters, (naturally ecologically friendly finishes), beautiful Italian patinas and lime washes
• learn a set of traditional procedures for getting good results consistently
• learn stroke calligraphy and techniques for large scale plaster applications
• explore creative applications and uses of lime plaster surfaces
• differentiate between plaster products, techniques and application procedures
• learn antique patinas and wax finishes

 About the course: 
We work on wall size panels in our large studio space to learn some basic application techniques. There is plenty of hands-on work and individual attention from the instructor. Students make individual sample boards of finishes to take home as portfolio pieces.
We offer follow-up and assistance on your specific projects.

Instructor: Carlo Mori
 

 Antique and Contemporary Bas Relief Techniques  Level 1,2,3 | Hours: 20
Duration: Monday to Friday | Time: 9:30-13:30 | Dates and prices


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 About the course: 
Learn how to make sculptural relief elements. These can be can be added to furniture or incorporated in mural decoration to add quality and dimension to decorative schemes, or the relief panels can presented as decorative works in their own right. We make several examples of bas relief using existing examples and designs, and then decorate the surfaces.

  Techniques Covered: 
preparation of plaster supports
transfer of designs
use of various materials to create bas relief elements
use of silicone mold making materials for reproduction of repeat details 
various finishing techniques with metal leaf, color and patina

 Projects: 

2-4 bas relief panels on various supports with various finishing techniques
extra sample panels can be produced according to speed and desire of individual students to explore new techniques under the guidance of the teacher

Instructor:> Marco Cavallini
 


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