Fresco: Barbara Sullivan

July 12 – 17

Portable Fresco – Have you ever wondered about the process involved in the medium of fresco painting? Join artist Barbara Sullivan for a hands-on exploration of this age-old medium. During this five-day intensive workshop, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of true buon fresco (painting into freshly laid wet plaster) within both an art historical context, as well as in practical applications. Students will learn the many steps involved, such as how to prepare substrates, arriccio and intonaco layers of plaster, how to grind pigments, and knowing when the plaster is ready to accept paint. All these techniques will be put into practice as students design and execute their own portable frescoes. Students will experiment with many types of substrates; from found objects to carved Styrofoam, all of which will accept a fresco painted surface. 

Barbara Sullivan teaches art foundations at the University of Maine at Farmington, She has taught fresco workshops at Colby, Bowdoin, the University of Maine, Pratt Institute in NY, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and at The Aspen Institute, Aspen, CO as part of their Leonardo Davinci Symposium. Barbara has shown widely in Maine and in several shows featuring fresco in New York. She has been included in three Biennials at The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME. In 2007 Barbara Sullivan had her first solo museum show at The University of Maine Museum in Bangor, ME. She has received grants from both the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and The Pollock/Krasner Foundation. caldbeck.com/artist/barbara-sullivan