Learning to paint Frescos with a Master
TEC is pleased to present this unique opportunity to gain practical experience in making your own fresco paintings under the guidance of Antonio Rava, one of Italy’s well-respected experts in the field. The course will run over five days, during which participants will be able to explore each stage of the of fresco painting process, and then produce their own personal fresco under the watchful eye of our tutor.
Where: Turin (Torino), Italy
When: 22nd – 28th June 2019
Tutor: Antonio Rava
Language of Instruction: English
Focus: Learning to Paint Frescos
Participants: Artists of all stages of their careers who would like to explore the technique of fresco painting.
Deadline to book: 15th May 2019
New Dates for 2020
Travel, Education and Cultures is pleased to announce that our Fresco Course is going to be activated again in 2020 due to popular demand.
9th – 15th May 2020
To keep in touch with us, and be informed about the next Fresco course please complete the contact form below, and as soon as we have the complete information we will email you.
Fresco is an ancient painting technique that has been used for the decoration of wall surfaces for millennia. Early known, surviving examples date back to before 2000BC. However, the techniques of fresco painting were reborn and reinterpreted during the Italian Renaissance and reached a zenith during the Renaissance and later Baroque periods. The process of fresco painting, in its simplest form, is applying pigments to a freshly plastered wall surface, while the plaster is still wet. The pigments penetrate the plaster the result gives the fresco artwork remarkable resistance and preservation.
Antonio Rava has produced a fantastic introductory course to fresco painting for TEC. The course will allow anyone interested in the art of fresco painting to get a good grounding in the techniques you will need. The first part of the course is focused on practicing the techniques from each stage of the fresco painting process. You will have the opportunity to explore the preparation of the last two layers of plaster, the ‘arraccio’ layer upon which you will transfer the outline of your design, and then ‘intonaco’ layer upon which you will paint. You will explore the world of pigments and discover through experimentation which pigments work and which do not.
In the second part of the course you will gain hands-on experience of the painting process with your own design on your own personal panel. Planning out timing of the application of the ‘intonaco’ layer and applying the paints so that you have enough time to complete your design before the plaster dries. The course will conclude with an overview of the finishing processes that you can use to preserve your work and an introduction to the geographical and historical context of fresco paintings.
At the end of the course participants will be able to take home their own fresco panel, along with a photo reference manual of the process and notes and explanations of the technique so that you will be able to replicate the various techniques in the future.
Overview of each day
Saturday 22nd June
arrival and check-in
Sunday 23rd June
Workshop:Introduction to surface preparations
Monday 24th June
Workshop: Explorations in transfer of designs to the ‘arraccio’ layer.
Evening: Roof-top view of the fireworks for the Feast of St John, patron saint of Torino.
Tuesday 25th June
Workshop: Experimentation in to pigments for Frescos
Wednesday 26th June
Workshop: Painting your own fresco – learning about timings
Thursday 27th June
Workshop: Finishing your frescos – adding details and preservation.
Friday 28th June
10am Check-out and departure
Dr. Antonio Rava is an expert conservator and restorer of frescos, he has worked on numerous distinguished examples from varying historical periods. Antonio has accumulated a wealth of technical knowledge and hands-on experience that has gained him an international reputation as a master in the field of frescos.
Anotonio graduated in with a Master’s in Art Conservations from the Instituto Centrale del Restauro and Master’s degree in Architecture from the Politecnico in Torino. In 1980 he became the chief restorer for Beni Culturali working in Rome at the Palazzo Barberini. Two years later he became a private restorer and opened studios in both Torino and Rome. After winning a scholarship from the US – Italy Fulbright Commision, Antonio lived and worked in New York where he helped to develop the study of conservation of Contemporary Art in the U.S. institutions, while also working in different private specialist studios.
Over the last thirty years Antonio has worked in both Italy and around the globe in a range of institutions working on the conservation of art work, continually deepening his conservation research and experimentation in collaboration with universities and institutions in different fields. Antonio was responsible for the INCCA project at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna of Turin. He has also setup a network of Contemporary Art conservators. For the last eight years Antonio has been teaching restoration at the Academia Albertina of Turin in the cutting-edge laboratories of the Conservation Department.
Antonio also regularly teaches history and technique of conservation at the University of Turin and the Politecnico of Turin, as well as Instituto Centrale del Restauro and Scuola Normale of Pisa. Asides from teaching, Antonio has published extensively, and he has participated in the international debate around the role of restorers and defining the appropriate nature of the profession.
Last year Antonio lead a group of conservators and restorers to carry out work and training of the locals to continue their efforts of conservation and restoration on the temple at Angkor, in Cambodia working alongside the Cambodian National Commission for UNESCO and the Apsara National Authority.
Torino & Venues
Torino is the birth-place of modern Italy. In 1861 the various kingdoms, principalities and states that make up Italy were unified in to one kingdom. The first parliament of Italy was hosted in Torino where it remained until the 1870s when it had a brief spell in Florence, before moving to its permanent seat in Rome. However, Torino and the province of Torino in the Region of Piedmont, remained the home to the Italian Royal Family, the House of Savoia.
The Savoia royal family greatly influenced the development of Torino from the middle of the 17th Century up until the middle of the 20th Century. During this time they amassed a great collection of art and historical significant pieces. A number of these treasures are on display in the various royal palaces within the local area. This includes the original self-portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci, and the original Da Vinci codex flight of the bird.
To mark the auspicious occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, TEC is pleased to be collaborating with the Biblioteca Reale to bring a unique perspective to the calligraphic hand of Leonardo.
Collegio di San Giuseppe
TEC is pleased to have a very close relationship with the Collegio San Giuseppe, and we are pleased to work closely with the college on a number of different activities.
The Collegio is in a magnificent location in the beating heart of the city. Just a short walk from the main station (Torino Porta Nuova) and the many shops, restaurants and bars, museums and palaces that make up this wonderful city.
Participants who are staying with TEC during the workshop will be staying on-site in either single or twin bed on-suite rooms. Rooms include breakfast, and the workshop will include lunch at the Collegio.
In the evening you will be able to explore more of the city.
Torino is a city with it’s origins in Roman times when it was developed as a trading post. It has seen many periods of rebirth and redevelopment over the years, including as the first capital city of the unified Italy, in 1861.
Workshop participants will be able to explore the city in the evenings after the workshop has finished. There are many great places to visit, bars and restaurants that have long history as well as many more contemporary offerings.
TEC is delighted to offer this great opportunity to learn about painting frescos from a very respected expert. We are limited to 15 places, once these are filled, we will open a waiting list.
1400€ per person
- Seven nights of bed and breakfast accommodation at the Collegio San Giuseppe, Torino in a single on-suite room. (*)
- Six day of workshops with our resident tutor
- Two entrances museum entrances
- Six lunches
- All art materials required for the event
- Additional help with evening activities
If you would like to participate on the course with a friend or partner, we are pleased to offer a special rate of 1300€ per person for participants who wish to share a twin room.
At the time of booking you will be required to give the name and email address of the second participant so that we can contact them to confirm their booking.
We understand that sometimes it can be great to travel with your loved one, but they may not be interest in attending the course. We are pleased to offer a special rate for a couple, with one full participant (as outlined above) joined by a partner.
The full participant will include all the benefits above in the main package
They will share an on-suite twin room with their partner.
The accompanying partner will be on a bed-and-breakfast basis only.
If accompanying partner wish to attend the course lunch there will be an additional charge of 15€ per meal.
How to book your place
- Complete the form below will let us know you are interested
- You will then receive an email with instructions on how to pay 280€ deposit to book your place
- The rest of the fee must be paid no later than 23rd May.
- See the terms and conditions for more information