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3-day Introductory

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6-day Private

NEW!  Introduction to Fresco 4-day Private Workshop at the Fresco School!

3-Day Introduction to Fresco Program


Why an Introduction to Fresco Class?

After many years of teaching frescos classes, and evaluating the feedback received from prior students, The Fresco School put much thought into designing an introductory 3-day workshop. Three days, we felt was needed to introduce to new students the very important basics of fresco techniques;  the preparation of the cartoon sketches, applying plaster,  technique of mixing and grinding natural pigments, and the painting process.

Introduction to Fresco program designed to give comprehensive insight and practical introduction to traditional buon fresco. This workshop will provide a hands-on fresco painting experience and the foundation knowledge of the technique as well as prepare for the higher levels of fresco painting which is offered in the Professional Class. 3-day Introduction to Fresco Workshop enables student to continue working in fresco on a small scale and provides a solid guide and foundation for further study of the medium.

Introduction to Fresco is a very flexible program which runs throughout the calendar year with classes taking place every month. This workshop takes place in Los Angeles at The Fresco School. For Los Angeles residents it has an additional benefit of added flexibility to attend Day 1 - "Fresco Cartoon" one week before Day 2 - "Fresco Plaster" and Day 3 - "Fresco Painting" classes allowing extra time to prepare and refine their cartoons. This is also a more "travel friendly" program that can be easily brought to your local college, university, school or art organization.

Class size is limited to maximum of 6 people. You will work/learn/practice:
Day 1

Fresco Cartoon,
 Tools & Materials

9:30 AM till 5 PM


  • Introduction to fresco - terminology, definitions, etc. Differences between Fresco Wall, Fresco Panel and Fresco Panel. (There is NO difference in chemical process that takes place while you paint in buon fresco whether it as a wall, a panel or a tile. However methods of plaster application and painting slightly differ - we will review that during the workshop).
  • Cartoon - we will learn about Large Fresco Cartoon, review, adjust and refine cartoons that you brought, make tracings and prepare for painting days. (you must come with your own cartoons (drawings) to any of our workshops. Please study "Small Fresco Cartoon Article" and have them prepared.
  • Traditional Buon Fresco Tools & Materials - you will be introduced to a wide range of fresco materials and tools, their use and sources.
Day 2

Pigments & Colors, Fresco Tiles - Plaster

9:30 AM till 5 PM



  • Pigments & Colors - we will learn about traditional fresco pigments, it's grinding and storing, prepare and test fresco paints.
  • Fresco Tiles - Introduction to Fresco Plaster - we will prepare and condition 16X16 ceramic tiles for fresco painting.
Day 3

Fresco Tiles - Painting

9:30 AM till 5 PM



  • Mix paints
  • Apply Intonaco plaster to the tiles we prepared on the previous day
  • Transfer Cartoons onto a fresh Intonaco
  • Paint our first fresco



For Registration and Enrollment
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How to enroll in 3-day Introduction to Fresco classes:

Enrollment applications should be submitted via Online Enrollment Application Form - You will need to fill up an online form (click here).

Reservation/Registration fee of $35.00 is due upon submission of the enrollment application, the fee is waived if full tuition is paid at the time of registration. The fee is not refundable.

On submission you will be automatically redirected to the "Tuition Payment Center" where you will be able to make your payment via secure credit card payment system.

You would be contacted within 1-2 business day from the time we receive your registration to schedule your classes or feel free to call us at (310) 779-5079

It is "OK" to submit applications without registration fee - just select "Please contact me about the payment" or "Mailing List Only" option in the form, however applications submitted without reservation/registration fee are treated as "please-add-to-mailing-list" requests and your place in the program is not guaranteed.

If you are having trouble call The Fresco School at (310) 779-5078



Payment Schedule

If those dates above are not convenient for you or you would prefer more "one on one" approach conceder our "4-Day Introduction to Fresco Private Class" and set your own time!

if you or you would prefer more in-depth, professional level of the class conceder our
"6-Day Private Class"
and set your own time!

3-Day Introduction to Fresco Workshop Tuition:

Tuition Cost (all materials included) - $550
Bring-a-Friend Tuition Cost (second tuition) - $450

Tuition Payments must be received by The Fresco School a minimum of 10 calendar days prior to workshop (unless other payment arrangements made with the Fresco School). If the tuition is paid in full at the time of the registration (enrollment application submission) and a minimum of 10 days prior to the workshop we will waive the Reservation/Registration Fee.

NOTE: If circumstances prevent you from coming to the class on scheduled date and the tuition payment is made - you can always contact our office and we will transfer your enrollment to the next available class. You will loose nothing.


Registration/Reservation Fee - Non Refundable

Tuition Payments:

25 calendar days prior to the date of the class - less $125.00
15 calendar days prior to the date of the class - less $250.00
less then 14 days prior to the date of the class - no refund.

Registration and Enrollment (click this line)

The Highlights of Los Angeles Fresco Workshop is a Fresco & Mural Restoration Seminars with Nathan Zakheim - leading fresco and mural conservator and restorer and Mural Painting Seminars with Kent Twitchell (muralist, LA Chamber Orchestra Mural, LA Marathon Mural) of Mural & Fresco Painting Academy.



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