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
We learned the art of making our plaster from Ian. His perfectionism was
apparent and encouragement that we too would be able to "recreate" the
process. Again, all my silly questions were answered with patience and
understanding. Plastering is hard work, not to be rushed, to be prepared
with a patient, tender application. Ian and iLia both helped us
determine our plaster was ready for pouncing and pigments.
The smaller class allowed for a great deal of
individual instruction. We learned it all. Starting with sifting sand,
mixing lime with the sand, coating layers of plaster and learning the
difference and importance of each layer. Attention to detail was at it's
Next we were acquainted with the tools for grinding
our pigments and the finer points of how to get the correct consistency
in our pigments. Our cartoons were transferred to tracing paper and we
poked our holes for pouncing our design on the wet plaster.
Painting the fresco started with the verdaccio and continued to the full
color pigments. When it was dry... it was done! Ian was there with his
trawl to show us how to repair any "plaster stabbing's" we may have
We were also shown how to splice two days works together, techniques to
apply fresco to both panels and walls. We were introduced to Nathan
Zakheim whom did answer questions on restoration.
All in all it was a very good workshop, and as in the good governor's
line.... "I'll be back".
Karen Bakke attended "Classic
5-Day Professional Fresco Workshop"