The Power of Paint and Art in Architecture
presented by Jeff Greene, EverGreene Architectural Arts
Wednesday, May 21, 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Hall of Mirrors
Session: Decorative Coating Materials and Methods

Applied ornament and decoration defines humanity. While the cave painting of Lascaux may be the most famous, they are at 17,000 years old, young compared to the 40,000 year-old cave paintings found in Spain. All cultures have used ornament – colors, patterns, textures and images – to adorn their built and occupied spaces. Paint is the easiest and most accessible medium that people use to tell their stories, give order and meaning to their environment, and to create beauty. From the Sistine Chapel to "Flower Girl," a gas station mural in Los Angeles by British graffiti artist Banksy, paint has extraordinary power to change what we see, how we think and who we are.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will have increased understanding of the history of paint.

Participants will learn the various ways in which paint has been used throughout history.

Participants will learn different techniques when applying paint.

Participants will learn and be able to apply principles of using paint and color to change and alter spaces.

Speaker Bio:

Jeff Greene, president and founder of EverGreene, has led large-scale interior conservation, restoration, and new design work for public and sacred spaces in every historic architectural style from coast to coast over the last three decades. His formal education was at the Art Institute of Chicago, and he received a Fresco Scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. His continuing education has included a broad range of experiences and training opportunities all over the world. Throughout his career, he has revived artistic and decorative techniques by learning from aging masters in the U.S. and abroad, studying old publications and experimenting tirelessly.

Mr. Greene is considered one of the country’s foremost experts in both traditional and innovative techniques for murals, ornamental plaster, and decorative finishes. He and his staff are frequently engaged as consultants in the planning stages of restoration and public art projects. He serves extensively on art and preservation boards, with current and past posts that include President of the National Society of Mural Painters, Board Member of the League of Historic American Theaters, and Board Member of the Association for Preservation Technology.