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We currently run one in-person Historical Lime and Fresco course that we teach in our studio near Anghiari; Historical Lime and Fresco. This course is taught by Alison Woolley. Alison is a a master artisan recognised by the region of Tuscany. She has over 20 years experience teaching decorative arts and she specialises in hand painted decoration using traditional media.

Please see details for the course below. If you would like to book in for one of our courses, please complete our Course Enquiry Form 


Courses are scheduled depending on demand. If a course has been scheduled, exact dates can be found in the table below the course.  


There are many hotels, apartments and agriturismo options for your stay in Tuscany. The studio is located in the picturesque setting of the Santuario del Carmine near Anghiari. You will need a car to get there, or ask us about bus or taxi services from Arezzo train station. Pick up and drop off within a 5 km radius of the studio is available on request. Please contact us if you would like recommendations on where to stay during your course. 


Courses are usually held over three to five days. Particular durations will be stated once a course is scheduled. Class times are from 9am to 2pm unless otherwise stated. Free studio time is available in the afternoons.


All in-person courses take place in our studio near Anghiari:

Località il Carmine 

Anghiari (AR) 52031


We also hold retreat courses in which students stay and learn in different beautiful locations around Italy.


Alison Woolley teaches all courses. Alison is the owner of the FlorenceArt.Net studio and has been teaching for over 20 years. Please see the About page for more information about Alison


To register for a course, please complete the Course Enquiry Form to confirm its availability. We will then contact you to complete registration. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us

Lime and Fresco Techiques


Course description:

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.

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.

There is a 35 euro materials fee payable on site at the start of the course.