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buon fresco painting foundations video tutorials 5 volume set by iLia Anossov (fresco)

This set of 5 DVDs introduces the student to foundational principles and techniques of the Buon Fresco Painting Medium.

The set of fresco technique videos contains over 10 hours of narrated direct footage (running speed is 150% of the real time) over 3 hours of visual information (diagrams, charts, lists etc.) as well as extensive lecture notes and tips. Topics illustrated include the entire step-by-step process filmed in real time without omissions. A student will be able to see exactly how long each step takes and what tools and methods each requires. In this style-independent tutorials iLia Anossov (fresco) guides the student by a thorough and clear demonstration of the foundations of calcium fresco plastering, cartoon and pigments and paint preparation, verdaccio underpainting and multi-layer color application relevant to any size fresco.

– Preparation and Application of Fresco Plaster (Volume 1)
– Preparation and use of Fresco Cartoon (Volume 2)
– Selecting Pigments and Preparation of Fresco Paint (Volume 3)
– Verdaccio Underpainting (Volume 4)
– True (Buon) Fresco Painting Color (Volume 5)


iLia’s unique real-time instructional style allows the viewer to have questions answered, reviewed until understood, and to watch the physical demonstration of each principle until it’s fully internalized. The periodic summarizing text lays out the organized methodology that led iLia to produce his thirty years of personal experience and seventeen years of teaching fresco painting classes into this precise, linear process within a progressive and organized format. more about making of the set

Viewing Fresco Videos at the Getty Villa fresco workshop with iLia Anossov

Viewing fresco videos at the Getty Villa fresco workshop with iLia Anossov

“I was fortunate to attend a week-long beginner’s workshop at the Fresco School in the summer of 2007 under the instruction of iLia Anossov. I was impressed by iLia’s ability to simplify content into easy to follow modules of information. I am continually impressed by the level of his dedication in sharing the technique with others. My experiences with iLia gave me the foundation needed to advance in the technique and eventually informed my creation of a 300 square foot fresco mural on the campus of WKU.

As an educator I am excited about the DVD collection iLia has authored on the practice of fresco painting, titled Buon Fresco Foundations. The videos are an excellent resource for professionals and students who want a comprehensive understanding of a technique that is as rich in practice as it is history.”

Michael N. Associate Professor of Art, Western Kentucky University


Fresco School at Getty Villa with iLia Anossov

Fresco workshop at the Getty Villa with iLia Anossov of the Fresco School

“Honestly is the most complete work I have ever seen regarding the technique of fresco. I mean, you are even explaining the right amount of paint that should be on the brush? When I was going to school to learn how to be a conservator, most things that you are explaining so well, I had to figure out by myself so any one that can get hold of this, should be perfectly ready to start to work. No excuses!”

Elisabetta C. P. an Italian conservator,
worked on the “Last Supper” by Da Vinci and frescoes by Tiepolo


Fresco painting lecture at the fresco school.

Fresco painting lecture at the Fresco School.

“In short, watching and listening to these demonstrations is like an apprenticeship with a master artist. The advantage of real time as compared to the TV or DVD usual “chef style” of magically seeing the work already half complete, is that the student sees and hears details that would only be seen and heard over months or years of watching and listening. These gems appear, for example, while waiting for the materials to reach the proper stages. It’s one thing to say “mix the sand and lime together until blended,” and another to see exactly how water is added, how it’s stirred, turned over, cut and patted, how long it takes and exactly how it should and shouldn’t look and feel when ready. “You’re ready to paint when it’s slightly dry” is not as accurate as watching a test paper curl in a certain way to show that readiness.

The techniques, with the exception of the first, “Fresco Plaster, “are not only applicable to virtually any media, but should become familiar and basic to all artists. I now refer my drawing class students, adults and those in high school, to Vol 2, “Cartoon,” replacing my own materials, lectures and demo’s in values.”

Shelley D., artist, art instructor LACMA

About the Author

Ilia Anossov (fresco) is a practicing fresco painter, founder of the Fresco School. His fresco projects have been featured on the covers of Architectural Digest USA, Italy and Germany, House and Garden UK, California Style Magazine. iLia Anossov is currently teaching fresco painting at the Fresco School, Otis College of Art and Design and the Getty Institute in Los Angeles. more about the author (new window)

Each BFF Video Tutorials Set comes with a Free Technique Consultations and Fresco Materials Discount – Click Here for more info.

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Alternatively you can call your Local Library and ask them if they have a copy. If your library does not have one, have them call Fresco School (310) 779-5079 and order a "Library Special Set"

Explore individual DVD FRESCO video tutorials included in the set:

Plaster   Cartoon   Pigments   Verdaccio   Color


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