ARTS(F)400 Fresco Painting - Section B, Tiziano Lucchesi, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS(F)400 Fresco Painting - Section B, Tiziano Lucchesi, Spring 2020


Week 1

Friday, January 17
Introduction. Explanation of the schedule and the tools to be used in the course.
Explanation of the “buonfresco” method and the use of the Fresco book.
STUDIO ACTIVITY: Preparation of the drawing in black and white, cartoon (monocromo), copy of Giotto.

Week 2

Friday, January 24
THEORY: Lime circle, mortar preparations
STUDIO ACTIVITY: Preparation of the plaster for the arriccio (sand finish) and fine plaster (intonaco).
Application of arriccio on tiles.
Visit to frescoes in churches of Florence (Cappella Brancacci or the church of Santa Trinita.)

Week 3

Friday, January 31
STUDIO ACTIVITY: Preparation of the sinopia on the arriccio. Preparation of the mestiche (preliminary colors).

Week 4

Friday, February 7
First day of Fresco painting - copy of Giotto.

Week 5

Friday, February 14
Discussion and evaluation of finished work.
THEORY: Class on old master techniques, binders and pigments. Lecture on organic binders used in different painting media and often applied on frescoes after drying.
STUDIO ACTIVITY: Retouching frescoes with "A dry technique.”
Retouching and decorations using gold leaf and other possible decorative methods.
STUDIO ACTIVITY: Preparation of the second copy, sketch in black and white, sketch in color, preparatory cartoon of the spolvero and the preliminary color (mestiche).
Preparation of the cartoon and the spolvero.

Week 6

Friday, February 21
STUDIO ACTIVITY: Second Fresco painting - copy of Michelangelo.

Week 7

Friday, February 28
THEORY and video explanations on sgraffitto technique in fresco.
STUDIO ACTIVITY: Execution of rough black layer, 30 x 30 cm.
Execution of sgraffitto.



Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (February 29 – March 8)



Week 9

Friday, March 13
THEORY on mural painting strappo technique.
Beginning of the final project. A common theme will be chosen on which the students will work to be exhibited at the end of the semester.

Week 10

Friday, March 20
Final project

Week 11

Friday, March 27
Final project

Week 12

Friday, April 3
Final project

Week 13

Friday, April 10
Final project

Week 14

Friday, April 17 
Final project

Week 15

Friday, April 24
Final Group Review, critique and grades and Final Exam

Project List Spring 2020

  • A minimum of two fresco paintings by the great masters, with relative drawings and chromatic designs, 30x30 cm, on inorganic support.
  • A sgraffito 30 x 30 cm.
  • An individual project on a mobile support.
  • A team project on the studio wall or in an appropriate location.

Grading and Attendance Policies

The course includes the 4 assignments described above.
Scheduled due dates might be subject to change.

Graduate Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are required to additionally complete an in-depth study on one of the assigned topics by writing a short paper and by making a visual slideshow presentation in class. If they successfully complete the requirements for graduate students, they will receive graduate-level credit for the course. 

Attendance is mandatory, absence will impact final grade. For every two unexcused absences, your grade will be lowered by 1/3 of a letter. Two late arrivals to class are considered the equivalent of one unexcused absence. Students who do not stay for the duration of a class session should be marked absent. Students who miss more than 20% of a course owing to unexcused absences cannot be given a passing grade for the course.

Grades are based on attendance, proficiency, effort, and improvement.
Grades range from A+ to F.  The SACI grading scale follows:
A+    Outstanding
A      Excellent
A-     Nearly Excellent
B+    Very Good 
B      Good 
B-     Nearly Good
C+    Above Satisfactory 
C      Satisfactory 
C-     Below Satisfactory 
D      Unsatisfactory 
F       Failure 

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