How to make a Roman Fresco November 10, 2014 By Ticia 8 Comments About a month ago we spent a week completing various hands on Rome activities, one of the messiest activities was completing a Roman Fresco. What are Roman Frescos? A Fresco is a style of art. It is painting on wet plaster, usually onto a wall in a house or temple, but occasionally a fresco will be done on a canvas. In Roman Frescos they are always done on walls (or at least all of the surviving ones were) and usually depicted scenes from Roman mythology or landscapes. Mythology was more popular however. In the buried city of Pompeii we have several examples of Frescoes that have survived intact for us to study. Roman fresco art lesson Supplies needed: cardboard, plaster of paris, paint brushes, paint (we tried several different types) Mix up your plaster of paris, it needs to be fairly thick, I found a 2 parts water to 3 parts plaster solution was about right. But really it’s eyeballing how it’s mixing up. Spread it on the cardboard about 1/4 of an inch thick. Then pass the wet mix over to your kid to start painting. Let your kids have fun painting their creation with whatever they want. Here’s what we learned from our Roman Fresco: Plaster dries quickly, so you can’t take too long agonizing over your painting. I wonder how artists created large frescoes if the plaster dries so quickly. It is hard to paint on wet plaster. It is very difficult, much more difficult than painting on paper like we are used to. Watercolors were more difficult to paint with and did not have as vibrant a color as acrylic paints had. Though none of our paints were really very period accurate. Our Other Rome Activities Roman Mosaic Lost city of Pompeii Julius Caesar unit study Fingers crossed tonight or this afternoon I get the other pictures edited for the posts I wrote this weekend when I had no internet. It’s amazing how much writing you can get done when you have no internet to distract you.