Masterclasses & Workshops

Lime Fresco
By: John Kindness
11 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017
Fee Application Deadline
€200 October 21, 2017
Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for this workshop.

John Kindness first used this medium in New York in 1989 when he was working on a series of bogus antiquities. John Kindness has noted that “the technique seemed to give objects an instant authority, as if they spoke from another era. Lime plaster is very old technology, but the chemistry is still fascinating. You have to work on wet lime with pigments simply ground in water and the properties of the lime do the rest. As the plaster hardens, the surface crystallizes around the pigment particles and locks them into the surface of the wall or panel. You would need a microscope to see this happening but the result is a work where the colour is part of the surface, not just a coating.”

Kindness’ recent work has been on sculptural pieces and the participants of the masterclass will be working mostly with 2-d panels.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Mix lime plaster using both wet lime putty and hydrated lime.
  • Prepare a fast-track surface for painting without going into all the layers of a Renaissance wall.
  • Choose time-sensitive brush and application techniques (fresh plaster must be worked on the day it is laid).
  • Adapt regular working methods to get the best from the medium.


Artists interested in participating in this course should apply by completing the online application form.

  • A short CV (PDF documents only. Maximum file size 500K);
  • Up to three low resolution images of their work. Preferably recent representational works (JPG format only. Maximum file size 500K);
  • Please note that places on these courses are limited.


As part of the RHA School Access Programme, two free places on RHA School Workshops, Courses, Life-drawing sessions and Masterclasses will be offered. One to an artist currently enrolled at any of the third level art colleges in Ireland. The second free place will be offered to an artist of merit at any stage of their career. This additional free place has been made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Artists and art students who wish to be considered for these places should include a CV, three images of current practice and a cover letter providing a short statement indicating how they would benefit from attending any of the RHA School activities as part of their online application.

Queries about any of the RHA School classes, workshops or masterclasses should be forwarded to the Academy Co-ordinator, Kate McBride. Phone: 01-6612558 or email: