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Traditional Italian fresco course

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Experience hosted by Frida

5.5 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, Chinese (Simplified)

What you'll do

During the 5-hour activity, participants will have a basic understanding of the theory and practice of frescoes.

1 After arriving at the studio, we will first learn about the categories of mural paintings, the history behind the fresco technique, the production process, and the basic materials through instrction, backed by relevant books and paintings.
2 Choose an example of suitable difficulty, and learn about its background.
3 Select the pigments and make the water-based colors.
4 Make a sketch by copying the example.
5 On the studio terrace, we will mix the marble powder, lime paste and sand according to recipe. Once ready, we will use a trowel to apply the wet plaster on the movable wall.
6 Copy the outlines on wet plaster: we will set the sketch atop and prick the outline with a needle. We will then “pounce” it with a sack of carbon, or indirect engraving, going over the lines of the drawing with an instrument with a rounded tip.
7 Paint with water-based colors.
8 Learn how to modify fresco work with egg tempera technique after it dries.

This course does not require basic drawing capacities. Participants can choose from examples of various difficulties, and complete a true Italian traditional fresco under guidance of the whole process. This one kilogram work will be a unique souvenir for participants of their tour of Italy!
Other things to note
Dress down as it can get messy!
During the 5-hour activity, participants will have a basic understanding of the theory and practice of frescoes.

1 After arriving at the studio, we will first learn about the categories of mural paintings, the history behind the fresco technique, the production process, and the basic materials through instrction, backed by relevant books and paintings.
2 Choose an example of suitable difficulty, and learn about its background…

Frida's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Drinks
  • Equipment
    All required painting materials and tools are provided (examples for copy,...
From £83
/ person
Thu, 10 Dec
13:00 - 18:30
£83 per person
£83 per person
Sat, 12 Dec
13:00 - 18:30
£83 per person
£83 per person
Tue, 15 Dec
13:00 - 18:30
£83 per person
£83 per person

Meet your host, Frida

Host on Airbnb since 2013
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I am Frida, artist, painter, researcher of italian frescoes and art editor who has lived the last ten years in Rome. I graduated from the Mural Department of China Academy of Art, the Painting Department of Rome Academy of Fine Arts and the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage University of Roma Tre, and got summa cum laude with thesis titled during master’s degree. I have worked in the restoration of cultural relics and translation of ancient Roman literature. Now I have an art studio by the seaside near Rome. After work, I like to make friends with people from all over the world and helping more people fall in love with this great city.

Fresco is my major, It was also my original intention to come to Rome ten years ago, and it was the reason why I fell in love with the city and settled here. There are the most important frescoes of each period from ancient Rome to Baroque, such as House of Augustus on Palatino hill, Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, Raphael's "Athens Academy". But unfortunately, there are very few people who still practice this kind of painting in Italy and even worldwide. As a practitioner, I hope that more people can understand this ancient painting techinique that is being lost.

Fresco is one of the oldest painting techniques in the world. It can be traced back to the Minoan civilization more than 3,000 years ago. It passed through ancient Greece and Etruria and gradually improved in ancient Rome, and then It matured during the Renaissance. The word fresco (Italian: affresco) is derived from the Italian adjective fresco meaning "fresh", because it is applied to wet plaster. The colors are fixed and stored indefinitely after a chemical reaction on the wall. But plaster dries out quickly, so it requires a brisk brushstroke — don’t dwell on it! That's why it's more challenging than other painting techniques! In the Renaissance, “bottega” students usually had to study for more than ten years before they could paint independently. Now you’ll have the chance of doing so in a fraction of the time!
I am Frida, artist, painter, researcher of italian frescoes and art editor who has lived the last ten years in Rome. I graduated from the Mural Department of China Academy of Art, the Painting Department of Rome Academy of Fine Arts and the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage University of Roma Tre, and got summa cum laude with thesis titled during master’s degree. I have worked in the restoration of cultural r…
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Where you'll be

Marina di Cerveteri Train Station (meeting point, about 40 minutes by train from downtown Rome)
Art Studio (event location, about 10 minutes walk from the meeting point)

Choose from available dates

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  • Thu, 10 Dec
    13:00 - 18:30
    £83 per person
  • Sat, 12 Dec
    13:00 - 18:30
    £83 per person
  • Tue, 15 Dec
    13:00 - 18:30
    £83 per person
  • Thu, 17 Dec
    13:00 - 18:30
    £83 per person
  • Sat, 19 Dec
    13:00 - 18:30
    £83 per person
  • Tue, 22 Dec
    13:00 - 18:30
    £83 per person
  • Thu, 24 Dec
    13:00 - 18:30
    £83 per person
  • Sat, 26 Dec
    13:00 - 18:30
    £83 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 6 and up can attend.