The fresco technique, which presents a number of difficulties, shall be carried out only by students with significant experience in the field of painting; as early as the stage in which the support to be painted is prepared, precise rules must be followed.
Preparation: with mortar made from pozzolana stone or sand for the underlying arriccio layer.
"dusting" system, first on the "arriccio" and then, following the "day" approach, on the outer plaster layer, prepared with fine sand and fine marble or pozzolana dust after the calculation and study of the space needed for the day's painting (maximum of 7 hours), in order to ensure that the plaster will be wet, or fresh, thus the origin of the term "a fresco".

Study of colour with paint pigments made from dust and the use of the "test stone".

Students who decide to continue the course beyond the first week will be encouraged to explore the potential of this "magical" technique, which was widely used in both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as in later years, up to the time of Tiepolo, applying it to their individual work. Though frescoing presents a number of difficulties, it also offers extraordinary possibilities in terms of the quality of light and hues.

During the excursions that will be organised (for the period of residence in Borgo Rinascimento) to cathedrals and other historic sites where frescoes were painted (Orvieto, Caprarola, Siena etc.), the teachers will focus special attention on details that can lead to a more in-depth understanding of the technique. V. Emanuele III, 159 - 01010 Farnese - (VT) Italy - Tel +39 06 3202157 - Mobile: +39 349 8053802 - e-mail: