Fresco workshops

Next Fresco workshop January 2019

About your workshop

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Enjoy an informative and interesting experience in fresco painting using the same materials and techniques as the Renaissance masters.
Beginning with a brief explanation of the history of fresco and the materials involved, students will then move on to paint a true fresco using the same method as such artists as Giotto and Michelangelo.

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After making a preparatory cartoon we then use the “spolvero” technique to transfer their image onto a panel with damp plaster and proceed to paint a copy of a Renaissance fresco using the same natural pigments and animal-hair brushes as those used by the masters.



All students will take away their own true fresco painted in Florence.

About your tutor –    Dr. Alan Pascuzzi

Dr. Alan Pascuzzi is a former Fulbright Scholar, professor of Renaissance Art History and Fine Arts, and a painter and sculptor living and working in Florence, Italy.
As an art history professor, Dr. Pascuzzi teaches a wide variety of subjects ranging from Renaissance drawings, frescoes, artistic anatomy and Greek, Roman and Renaissance sculpture.
As an artist, Alan works in the ancient drawing, painting and sculpting techniques of the Renaissance masters including fresco, marble carving, modelling and working in bronze.
He has executed numerous commissions in painting and sculpture throughout Italy including several permanent works in fresco, marble, terracotta and bronze in the city centre of Florence.

Alan currently has a special sculpture commission on display in Rome – dates 6th – 13

Next Fresco Workshops will be week beginning in January 2019 – date to be confirmed – All materials provided – cost  £68/ €70 for a three-hour workshop making your own very special souvenir to take home.

Dr Alan Pascuzzi in his studio

Dr Alan Pascuzzi in his studio

Alan is shown above in his studio with plaster casts of one of his recent sculptures – for which he has followed the time-honoured Renaissance practice of using his own wife and child as models. As we hold the class in his studio we have the opportunity to see other elements of his work in progress.

The finished work is now on display on the front of a building not too far from Alan’s studio in the Oltarno region of Florence.


In April 2016 Alan was invited to go to Australia to paint a life-size fresco of Pope John XXIII before his Canonisation – the painting also contains images of saints such as Aloysius Gonzaga, and Edmund Campion, as well as images of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A copy of a local press story is attached to this link – Alan is shown below working on his fresco.