Fresco 10 day symposium provides an in-depth introduction to the technique, and a solid foundation for individual work with fresco.
We use highly skilled teachers who work as visual artists, and who represent both Nordic and southern-European traditions.
Day 1 and 2:
- Perform lime-mixing techniques. We use the best machines and tools available.
- Basic technical training on large coarse-ceramic tiles.
- Basic transparent painting techniques on the lime mortar.
Days 3 to 10:
- Full format sketching for transfer onto wall.
- Apply lime layers onto the wall.
- Top layer and paint is applied continously as work proceeds (1/4 - 1/2 m2 pr. day).

Murals and theoretical issues
The course will include theory along the way. This means that we take breaks from the practical work to deal with different theoretical issues. These lectures cover theoretical aspects thoroughly, and deals with issues such as lime, sand, water, pigment, carbondiokside, curing processes, work processes and tools
We also deal with issues such as preservation, temperature, atmosphere and transportation of fresco ("strapping"). We present academic literature on the field, provide an historical background and show mural-decorated walls from past and present. Participants are also invited to investigate interesting art nouveau-buildings in town.

Fresco in a modern context
The fresco symposium also includes a vital element of artistic experimentation. We want to facilitate the creation of a vital modern environment for fresco. Therefore, it is essential to work with other artists in the learning process. This is what makes it a symposium, rather than simply a course.

Fresco painting is painting a new painting every day
One of the participants of the June 2009 symposium, Anne Brit Aarset, methodically day by day adds new parts to the picture. Photo by Bent Erik Myrvoll.

Ålesund is one of few places with its own fresco wall, built for teaching the technique and allowing artists to advance their skills. We are the only art school in Norway with this facility.

1.Center of competence for artist, craftsmen, architects national and international within mural painting.
2.Broader technical knowledge among the fine art students
3.Wider range of monumental art expressions.

Fresco painting´s ideal base is - ceramics !
Our fresco teacher and ceramic expert Leon Roald make the ceramic tiles. They are given the ideal surface structure and the firing process provides them with perfect water absorbtion qualities, similar to the brick walls under former frecoes.

Fresco brick wall
The four photos are from the construction process of our fresco wall.

Gotland lime of superior quality
The island Gotland east of Stockholm provides us with a lime of superior quality. Link below is to a geological survey, in Norwegian....:

Murals and the contemporary artist
Hightech art with longevity. Contemporary artist study the old techniques to look for new possibilities of artistic expression as well as integration with architectural contruction.
Fresco guru and his car
Den stadig eskalerende frescoguru, Bent Erik Myrvoll, står med et bein innenfor restaurering av gamle veggmalerier, og et innen performance. I arbeidet med å stå på begge disse beina har han begynt som ambulansesjåfør i sitt eget prosjekt Norsk Kunstambulanse (NKA). Her brukes ambulansen til å rykke ut og behandle kunsten eller menneskene. Ambulansen inneholder enten pigmenter, oljer, lim og kalk som skal brukes i restaureringer, eller den kan inneholde mennesker som rykker ut.
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Fresco schools in Europe in the 1900
The impressive monastery in the center of San Cugat de Vallès outside Barcelona arranged international courses in fresco painting during the 70 og 80´s This is a link to an art book in Catalan that among other describes (scroll halfway down) that fresco school "Escuela International de Pintura Mural". Leon Roald studied there during the summer of 1978.
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Trowels, putty knives, etc.; what materials and equipment should participants bring.....
You are welcome quite emtyhanded as a matter of fact. You may borrow all the necessary equipment from us as well as all the materials. If you have any favourite brushes though, bring them along.
Dead lime burns
Although the lime is "dead" it is very etching and requires protection with long armed shirts and good shoes. Safety googles are compulsory since eyes are the most vulnerable. But we shall provide all this for you !
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Fresco instructor Bent Erik Myrvoll (with a black hat) collaborates with Kjell Arne Årseth on the ongoing restoration of Hole Church in Sogn og Fjordane, near Bergen. This is a large project supervised by the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Last year, Myrvoll finished restoration of the lime paintings in the old Løvenvold movie theatre in Ålesund. (Click the above photo to go to the Norwegian D of Cultural Heritage).