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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "AS 211"
COURSE NAME: "Fresco Painting "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: William Pettit
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TH 9:00-11:45 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Recommended: previous experience in Painting / Drawing
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will provide students with the material techniques and art-historical context to understand Italian fresco painting. The art of fresco is particularly varied, and includes drawing, painting, color theory and plaster preparation. Students will leave the course with knowledge of these techniques and become familiar with the history of fresco painting and in particular certain masters and their work in Rome. While the course aims to provide an introduction to the history of fresco painting in Italy from 1300 to 1600, we will also study the traditional techniques of fresco painting and engage in the production of fresco work. Students will learn all phases of fresco making, from mortar mixing and surface preparation, drawing studies and transfer, to dry pigment preparation and application. Student projects may vary according to background and interest, from research projects to actual paintings, and, due to the scope of the subject, collaborations and group projects are encouraged.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

A multi-media workshop, the course combines elements of art history and studio art. While the goal is to provide an introduction to the history of fresco painting in Italy from the Roman period to the Renaissance, it is also to study the traditional techniques of fresco painting and engage in the production of fresco work. Students will learn all phases of fresco making, from mortar mixing and surface preparation, drawing studies and transfer, to dry pigment preparation and application. Student projects may vary according to background and interest, from research projects to actual paintings, and, due to the scope of the subject, collaborations and group projects are encouraged. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students will leave the course with knowledge of the material techniques of fresco painting and be familiar with the principal artists in the genre.

 

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
see belowGrading is based on attendance and completed work. Attendance (20%) is to include punctuality and class participation. Students are expected to be on time and present physically and mentally during critiques and studio time. Three absences will result in an F for the course. Completed Work (60%) Each student must complete a fresco measuring at least one meter square. Any or all of this work may be executed in groups. . Midterm Exam. (20%) The midterm is a written exam and will consist of questions on fresco technique, site visits, and project presentation to date. There may be slide identification and analysis of artwork. There may be questions on the assigned reading. see below
 A: Work of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problems. B: A highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced. C: An acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill. D: The student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work. F: Negligent in attendance, academic honesty, or engagement with the course content.  

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problems.
BA highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced.
CAn acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill.
DThe student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work.
FNegligent in attendance, academic honesty, or engagement with the course content

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

1.  Introduction to course and materials. General introduction to fresco and mural painting. Discussion of materials: use, handling, hazards. Reading: Vitruvius, and Mayer pp. 360-385

2. Arriccio, surface and preparation. Some basics: materials, composition, perspective, process, and color. HW Sketching in pencil and watercolor. Reading: Vasari pp. 203-223, Cennini pp.20-57

3. Visit Santa Cecilia, Cavallini fresco. Reading: Doerner pp.264-314

4. Plaster: sand coat and intonaco. HW Sketches and layout for Fresco I. Reading: Roettgen, vol.I, pp. 9-26

5.  Work in class on Fresco I, intonaco, color, applicationReading: Mayer, pp.29-199 (Pigments)

6.  review for midterm. Continue work of frescoes. Drawings and measurements.

7.  Midterm Exam. Fresco I due. HW: cartoons for Fresco II, Reading: Bruce Cole, part I

8.  Studio. Layout and Cartoon transfer. Sinopia. Begin work on Fresco II

9.  Studio. Measuring, levels and plumb lines. Fresco II due. Reading Bruce Cole, part I

10. Fresco, part II due. Reading: Bruce Cole, part III

Semester break

11. Work in class.

12. Visit Santi Quattro Coronati and Basilica di San Clemente ($)

13.  egg tempera e secco painting.

14.  Critique. All work due. Prepare for Student art show.