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I asked iLia why I couldn’t simply sign up for his workshop at the Fresco School and learn what is needed to create a fresco during a week in class, enjoy a bit of professional networking and “fill in” with online resources?
His explanation is worth repeating and reflects the many advantages of our digital world as compared to the now out-of-date limited opportunities for education.
Fresco integrates the artist’s prior media knowledge and is the technical mother of all arts. It is a complex, green, environmentally perfect media with its own properties; relating equally to art and science and style independent.Having the technical knowledge and practice of the medium of fresco will provide an understanding all painting mediums. It’s not the same as being familiar with oil painting and learning watercolor. Traditional apprenticeships, however, are no longer practical, nor do they exist. Today’s artist needs to be able to make a living now, not in five years.
The immediate practical advantage for an artist is that when they come to the studio for a private or group session, they can now arrive equipped with foundational principles and begin at their particular focus and on an advanced level. Fresco is an art that depends upon nuance as much as on the scientific understanding of the physical properties of the media. The value of working with a master artist in his studio is irreplaceable, but if the artist can save money, time and effort learning well-organized principles and step into the studio fully-prepared to learn advanced techniques, the advantage of purchasing a set of DVD’s as compared to several weeks or months travel, expense and studio time is obvious.
iLia was struck by the many detailed demonstrations, lecture notes and charts necessary to impart the principles of creating an image according to the technical principles of manipulating the reflection of light. It would eventually take him five years to distill thirty years of experience into this 5 volume set of essential and easy to absorb information. iLia emphasizes this set is an ongoing resource, the equivalent of an apprenticeship or a week long private class where the student can repeat a question or see the technique more than once.
The heart of these DVD’s is radically different from “How to Paint an Apple,” or “How to use Oils.” This set fully explains the medium and the foundational, technical principles behind creating an image on the wet plaster and frankly, any image whether representational or abstract, because the information is style independent. As such, any artist can utilize these DVD’s to further their own individuality. (by S. Horodesky)