ARTS(F)400 Fresco Painting - Section A, Philip Kron Morelli, Spring 2020 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS(F)400 Fresco Painting - Section A, Philip Kron Morelli, Spring 2020

Schedule

Week 1

Tuesday, January 14

Theory
Introduction. Explanation of the Schedule and the tools to be used in the course. Brief introduction to the history of wall paintings and the Buon Fresco method. Explanation of the use of the fresco book.

 

Thursday, January 16

Theory
Brief introduction to drawing, sketching and its transposition in the past.

Studio Activity
Preparation of the drawing in black and white. Copy from Giotto.

Week 2

Tuesday, January 21

Field trip to be announced.

 

Thursday, January 23

Theory
Lime circle, mortar and plaster characteristics.

Studio Activity
Preparation of the mortars that will be used for the course. Application of the arriccio (rough mortar) on tiles.

Week 3

Tuesday, January 28

Studio Activity
Drawing of the charcoal sketch and sinopia on the tiles previously prepared with the arriccio layer.

 

Thursday, January 30

Theory
Pigments and the buon fresco palette.

Studio Activity
Preparation of the preliminary colors that will be used for the buon fresco painting. First approach to colors on wet plaster.

Week 4

Tuesday, February 4

Studio Activity
First day of fresco painting: copy from Giotto.

 

Thursday, February 6

Studio Activity
Second day of fresco painting: copy from Giotto.

Week 5

Tuesday, February 11

Theory
Discussion and evaluation of finished work. Lecture on organic binders used in different painting media and often applied on fresco after drying.

Studio Activity
Retouching and decorations using gold leaf and other decorative finishings.

 

Thursday, February 13

Studio Activity
Preparation of the second fresco painting. Sketches in black and white and in color, preparatory cartoon and spolvero. Preparation of the color palette.

Week 6

Tuesday, February 18

Studio Activity
First day of fresco painting: copy from Michelangelo.

 

Thursday, February 20

Studio Activity
Second day of fresco painting: copy from Michelangelo.

Week 7

Tuesday, February 25

Theory
Sgraffito as wall painting decoration. Explanation of the technique.

Studio Activity
First day of Sgraffito painting.

 

Thursday, February 27

Studio Activity
Seond day of Sgraffito painting.

     

Week 8

 

MIDTERM BREAK (February 29 - March 8)

     

Week 9

Tuesday, March 10

Theory
Detaching wall paintings, the strappo technique. Brief introduction to the principles and main steps.

 

Thursday, March 12

Studio Activity
Strappo of the wall paintings and backing on a new support.

Week 10

Tuesday, March 17

Studio Activity
Beginning of the final project. A common theme will be chosen on which the students will work completing the work to be exhibited at the end of the semester.

 

Thursday, March 19

Studio Activity
Final Project

Week 11

Tuesday, March 24

Studio Activity
Final Project

 

Thursday, March 26

Studio Activity
Final Project

Week 12

Tuesday, March 31

Studio Activity
Final Project

 

Thursday, April 2

Studio Activity
Final Project

Week 13

Tuesday, April 7

Studio Activity
Final Project

 

Thursday, April 9

Studio Activity
Final Project

Week 14

Tuesday, April 14

Studio Activity
Final Project

 

Thursday, April 16

Studio Activity
Final Project

Week 15

Tuesday, April 21

Studio Activity
Final Project

 

Thursday, April 23

Final Group Review, Critique and grades. Final Exam.

 

Readings and Resources

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provision, SACI provides, when possible, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of required and recommended reading. Note: It is not necessary to purchase the books below. They can be found in the Mural Conservation Department or in the SACI Worthington Library.

  • Conservation of Wall Paintings, P. Mora, L. Mora e P. Philippot, Butterworths, 1984 (Professor’s personal copy. This book is located in the Mural Conservation Department).
    ISBN: 9780408108126 (Retail price: To Be Determined)
  • The Craftsman’s HandbookCennino A. Cennini and Daniel V. Thompson, June 1954 (This book is located in the Mural Conservation Department)
    ISBN: 9780486200545 (Retail price: To Be Determined)
  • Vasari on Technique, Giorgio Vasari, trans. L.S. Maclehose, ed. G. Baldwin Brown, Dover Publications, New York, 1960. Location in the library VII 849.1
    ISBN: 9780486207179 (Retail price: To Be Determined)
  • The Fresco Painting Technique, T. Lucchesi, A. Pontecorboli ed., 2019.
    978-8833840413 (Retail price: €20)

Additional Useful Reading Material

  • Western Medieval Wall Paintings: Studies and Conservation Experience (SACI Library X 1602.7).
    ISBN: 9789290771425 (Retail price: To Be Determined)
  • Giotto: The Peruzzi Chapel, Borsook, Eve (SACI Library  VIII 1039.1.5).
    ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)
  • Pittura a fresco: Tecniche esecutive, cause di degrado, restauro (SACI Library X 1609).
    ISBN: 9788800856980 (Retail price: To Be Determined)
  • Diego Rivera: The Detroit Industry Murals, Downs, Linda Bank (SACI Library VIII 1187.25).
    ISBN: 9780393045291 (Retail price: $75)
  • The Transfer of Wall Paintings: Based on Danish Experience, Brajer, Isabelle (SACI Library X 1602.4).
    ISBN: 9781873132432 (Retail price: To Be Determined)
  • Florentia Pictà. Le facciate dipinte e graffite dal XV al XX secolo, Eleonora Pecchioli, Centro Di, 2005.
    ISBN: 9788870384239 (Retail price: €65)
  • La tecnica della pittura. Dai tempi preistorici ad oggi, Leone Augusto Rosa, Società Editrice Libraria, Milano, 1937.
    ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Spring 2020 Projects

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

Final Exam

The Final Exam will consist of a written exam made up of approximately 20 questions covering all subject matter undertaken throughout the course.

The Final Grade

The final grade will be determined as follows:

  • 50% Completeness and punctuality of the works
  • 20% Class participation
  • 30% Final exam

Graduate Students
​Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.

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