The Art of Fresco

The Art of Fresco

    Recently, for the first time in 77 years, a fresco has been painted in the Rivera Court of the DIA.
Hubert Massey facilitated a fresco painting workshop, demonstrating this process. The original documentation of Rivera working in the DIA was included in the presentation. The workshop itself lasted about four hours because fresco is a time intensive process.

Hubert Massey at work

    Fresco refers to the technique of painting with pure pigments onto a wall made of wet plaster. The pigment bonds chemically with the plaster, making the painting extremely durable. Five layers of different mixes of plaster must first be troweled onto the surface. Visitors to the workshop had a hand in mixing the plaster, while George Arnold laid the plaster. Halima Cassells and Pryncess assisted in showing the audience how to transfer a drawing to the surface.
    All pigments were mixed on the spot as well. Massey demonstrated the mixing technique and let visitors try their hand at mixing with the large glass mauler. Although the glass mauler was people friendly, note, the art of Fresco is a tedious, grueling undertaking, not for the faint at heart. It is important to keep knowledge of antique processes alive, and all were grateful to Hubert Massey that day, for imparting his mastery of the art of fresco.

What’s the next interesting special event coming to the DIA?
Wednesday, December 8th at 7 PM
“Glenn Adamson – Affective Objects: Crafting Intimacy in Contemporary Design”

“How do the objects that inhabit our world determine our relationship to them and our perceptions of space? Glenn Adamson, head of graduate studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is noted for introducing new critical thought about decorative arts and design in his books Thinking through Craft and The Craft Reader and as co-editor of the Journal of Modern Craft. At the DIA, Dr. Adamson will consider how makers attempt to structure an intimate connection between the viewer/ user and an object. ”