by Karen Bakke
I attended the LA fresco workshop with iLia. Eager to learn fresco with
no prior knowledge of the history or process, iLia had a tall order to fill. And
what a job of filling that order he did. I am sure he has a whole different view
on what type of people live in North Dakota at this point.
I started with an Internet inquiry of the class. iLia and I spent a considerable
amount of time on the phone and writing emails before I decided to sign up. That
in itself was a huge factor, his passion for frescos came shining thru brighter
then ever. I asked a lot of questions in the 5 days, and I was always given a
complete answer to my understanding...
Professional Fresco Private Class Review
by Ed Kayton
"Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone" is a phrase from the
"Conversation with God" books. As an oil painter of 24 years experience,
I am comfortable using a layered oil painting technique that I developed
over the years. My recent fresco class with Ilia and Ian took me out of
my comfort zone in oils and thrust me into the uncomfortable realm of a
Fresco is more closely related to the watercolor technique than it is to
oils. Lighter tones are applied first, gradually building up to the
darks, whereas in my oil technique, darks are laid in early, with lights
built on top of the darks, in impasto. As a result of my embedded
perceptions from oil painting, my first fresco attempt was humbling...
Video Interviews with our former students
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