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Visual Arts: Lost Art Techniques

Encaustic painting, fresco painting and mosaics are artistic processes once used throughout the ancient world, yet today they are rarely practiced or taught. These techniques, once quite pervasive, were used to decorate ceilings, floors, sculpture, and walls in public spaces and private homes over 2000 years ago. In this course, students learn about the history of these techniques through lectures, oral reports, and field trips and create both classical and contemporary-inspired pieces. This course is part art history, part studio work. By the end of the course students will have created a minimum of two mosaics, two encaustics and two frescoes, culminating in a gallery exhibit.

To get an idea of the types of projects you can expect to do in this class, take a look at the slideshows of student work below.

Examples of Student Work

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