Natural Materials for a healthy and durable construction course aimed to discover some of the ancestral techniques to cover walls, floors, ceilings and outdoors. Practices of plastering, stuccos, tadelakt technique and paintings with traditional formulas elaborated by hand exploring LIMEs, GYPSUMs, EARTHs and natural COLORS.
With this course we intend to share a deep and complex knowledge as much as exciting and beautiful, on the natural matter and the ancestral techniques that we have inherited after thousands of years of practice. We will combine theory and practice, in a permanent coexistence, stimulating curiosity and experimentation. We will begin by familiarizing ourselves with the materials: their origin in the territory, their transformation and manipulation to become a construction material, their cycles, their combination with other materials, the preparation of the mixtures, etc. We will work on samples and tests that help to understand the behavior of each material according to its nature and the technique used. To strengthen learning we will do tests on the following techniques:
– plastering lime and sand
– plaster stuccos ·lime stuccos + tadelakt type stuccos
-natural paintings + mineral coloring earths
Depending on the progress of the course we can introduce more techniques, such as the mixture of lime and gypsum, graffiti, tiling, stained glass, clay mixtures, etc.
This course is an intensive 9 days offering interactive practical and in depth theory sessions daily and most evenings ~ requiring full attendance moving as a group, therefore even local attendees are expected to stay on -site – please also expect to have fun!