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The Technique of Fresco Painting

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(24:58) b/w, silent
In this film, students at Evander Childs High School, New York City, help artist James Michael Newell paint a mural depicting the history of western civilization. On reel 1, the materials (slaked lime, marble dust, and pigments) are prepared, and preliminary and full-size drawings and perforated tracings are made. Then the design is pounded through the perforations onto a recently plastered wall. On reel 2, the design lines are intensified and pigments applied and dried. Reel 2 shows the finished mural.

For more on this mural, see the project page for Evander Childs High School mural.

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