|A Scarecrow with a Sunset Sky!|
Frescos are paintings done on wet plaster. I showed my students a couple examples of Giotto's work from the late 1200's. He was considered quite good at using color to model his figures and create the illusion of form. When we look at his work today, we may think what he was doing is pretty obvious, but it was innovative at the time when paintings lacked perspective and figures were more "flat."
I also showed them an example of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, also an example of a fresco. Although this piece is considered one of da Vinci's masterpieces, it was also a major mess-up of his as well. He was experimenting with paint and plaster techniques and before the piece was completed it was falling apart. The piece has been restored many times throughout the years, but it is a wonderful way to show the students that sometimes when they are trying something new, they may make a mistake. It's OK. We discussed ways that they could work their mistake into their piece. I was able to share with them my mistake that I made the week before when trying this project out at home: I had mixed some egg yolks with some dried paint pigments someone had given me and tried to paint on plaster--I had been trying to simulate egg tempura, but it was pretty disappointing. I tried to salvage the technique to no avail, and ended up switching to watercolor on plaster instead. SIGH. Sometimes that happens.
Well, on to the fresco project! Worth the try and embraced by my students! ENJOY!
- Plaster of Paris (quantity will vary depending on the size of your mold)
- Plastic plate for mold (I used a plate that was 1/2" deep and was 5" across the bottom)
- Paper clip for hanger
- Stirring stick and disposable pan to mix the plaster in
- Cold water
- Paper plate
- Piece of paper the size of your cast to plan your drawing on (ours was a 5" circle)
- Hole punch, optional
- Bit of crushed charcoal and cotton balls tied in a muslin cloth, optional
- Watercolors and brush
- Water container
- Paper towel
|This flower has some beautiful brushwork in the background.|
|A beautiful fall pumpkin!|