Fresco Workshop - Small Group Tour

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Fresco Workshop - Small Group Tour
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What To Expect

A hands-on experience of making your own fresco, led by a trained artist in a studio overlooking the Arno.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Florence
Departs From:
Florence
Meeting Point:
Via Santo Spirito #6
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 3:00 PM
Product Code:
7195
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Description

Fresco (literally fresh, in Italian) is the revered art of painting on fast-drying damp plaster with water based pigments. During the Renaissance, fresco painting was considered the true test of an artist's skill, since one had to finish before the plaster dried in order to ensure the adhesion of the image to the wall, allowing for only truly skilled artists to create beautiful and harmonious frescoes. First employed in the 11th and 12th centuries as a means of simple decoration in churches, modern fresco painting soon grew into the medium of choice, mirroring the major artistic developments of the Renaissance. Major fresco works such as Giotto's Bardi Chapel in Santa Croce, Masaccio's Trinity in Santa Maria Novella, and Michelangelo's masterful Sistine Chapel in Rome demonstrate the importance of fresco in the history of art, and particularly in the history of Renaissance art.

This three-hour fresco workshop provides a hands-on experience of the materials and technique of fresco painting. The session begins with a visit to the studio of our docent, an accomplished fresco artist, and a brief lecture/overview of fresco. We are then guided through the steps of preparing a surface, drawing and transferring a drawing (cartoon), and finally applying the paint. At end, participants take home their own fresco. Since the proper materials are critical to fresco, much attention will be paid to the traditions and conditions of fresco making.

The primary objective of this workshop is to explore first-hand the art of fresco painting by using the same materials and techniques of the Renaissance masters. Our docent's method of combining art historical knowledge with artistic practice provides for a unique educational and entertaining experience for travelers of all ages.

Includes

  • Service of a docent

  • Art supplies

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

  • Minimum of 2 guests per booking is required. Private tours are available for solo travelers.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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