ARTS 223
Making a Co-Authored Fresco Mural Spring 2022
Division I

Class Details

This studio course invites students to encounter the pleasures and challenges of creative collaboration through the planning and development of a co-authored buon fresco mural. With lesson plans structured around a single semester-long project, this course provides a rare introduction to the materials, techniques, and chemistry of fresco painting, as well as an historical overview of the ancient wall-painting medium. While each student will have opportunities to explore fresco mark-making individually on small portable panels, this course is designed to emphasize the historically collaborative and site-responsive nature of fresco painting. As such, the studio-classroom will generally be treated as a shared workshop for collective work. Throughout the course the student community will be challenged to maintain a spirit of improvisation while organizing and executing a long-term project. Students will acquire hands-on experience mixing lime plaster, grinding earth and mineral pigments, and preparing pigment suspensions for a large-scale fresco mural. Considering the wall-painting as a small part of a dynamic whole that includes an architectural substrate and a geographic environment, we will look at varied examples of site-bound wallworks, and will discuss their inherent connection and vulnerability to their social, infrastructural, and climatic conditions. To conclude this course, we will consider various strategies for in-situ wall-painting preservation in order to make an informed plan for the stewardship and/or transformation of our co-authored fresco.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3924
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students are expected to produce a series of preparatory drawings, color studies, and material studies leading up to the execution of a single co-authored fresco mural. Grading will take into consideration attendance, active engagement in studio exercises and group discussions, and a demonstrated willingness to collaborate with peers.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores, in that order. If over-enrolled, a wait-list will be maintained. Wait-listed students should submit a brief description of interest to the instructor.
Materials/Lab Fee: $200-$350 charged to term bill
Distributions: Division I

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