Testimonies

Fresco and memories will live on

Šárka Kučerová
Pedagogical School in Litomyšl, Czechia

Erasmus has opened the door for me which I haven't thought I would look behind.
I had never dreamt of painting frescoes, which will probably outlive me. I have met amazing people with whom we became life-long friends. We are connected through extraordinary experiences we share. I have learned so many new things, discovered new places and corrected my view on cultural aspects, previously influenced by prejudice. I feel immensely grateful for the Erasmus experience.


Martine Florent
Les Passeurs de Fresques

I was lucky to be in Opole at the very beginning of the project, on the "Helios" production. I immediately felt it was going to be great, taking into account the skills, talent and motivations of everyone. Exercising 12-hour days scared no one, quite the contrary! Later I came to the conclusion that this transmission functions so well because of the people, of course, but also because of the warm and permanent links among us that we respect. This Erasmus project ends in a distressing context, hoping that everything we have woven together works for the peace. More than ever Erasmus is necessary, yes, let's continue TOGETHER. Thank you for your great PASSION!


Marie-No
Les Passeurs de Fresques

As I participate in the Erasmus project, I understand I realise the real EU. To do something together, to be able to understand each other, to build something new together, in order to bring something better to the world. It's something very boosting the hope in a world where everybody can imagine to be able to change the world. An Erasmus project can change the world by creating friendship network; I'm delighted to see how quickly we become brothers and sisters. It is splendid because it's something determined to be passed to the young generations. Our time needs that.


Joanna Wawrzyniak
Wyższa Szkoła Bankowa w Opolu, Poland

Participation in the project is a great experience. The art of the fresco was new and undiscovered for me, it allowed me to get to know completely new sensations and understanding of beauty. Direct contact with art enriches greatly, and cooperation with wonderful wise people broadens the world and brightens life.


Elżbieta Olak-Posacka
Publiczne Liceum nr 5, Opole, Poland

Erasmus projects are about learning something new, which is not necessarily the thing you need in your everyday life and work, but what you might need to make you grow as a human being. They broaden your horizons, inspire you to reach for something new, and motivate to find new directions in life. Participation in the project allows us to understand the people who are part of our big European family, see how they live their lives not so far away from us, and realise how all these small differences form a beautiful unity. The spirit of cooperation, exchange of ideas and good practices, and last but not least, the lifelong friendship are the real outcomes of taking part in the project.


Jana Mackova
Pedagogical School in Litomyšl, Czechia

At the beginning I didn't come up with how huge this project is. For me, the fresco was either a story that is too technical for today. However, in these two years, I found out that there is a great purpose in reviving it. It doesn't matter if you are an artist or a bricklayer. You learn both skills quite naturally. And there is even a job for this technique with students in the classroom. You also get to acquire knowledge and skills such as patience and tolerance. Anyway, I am glad that I was able to participate in the project at least partially.
I learned a lot of new things, and most of all I met wonderful and young at heart people.


André Haase
Oberstufenzentrum II Barnim, Eberswalde, Germany

Being part of the ERASMUS+ project means living in Europe. We get to know an old technique but preserved in the present by very passionate people. Leaving traces in the participating countries leaves traces in my head and thinking. It's not only about painting frescoes, it's learning languages, experiencing cultural peculiarities and meeting people that have become real friends regardless of any boundaries.

No matter if a fresco arises on a large wall or on a tile, it is a work done by a group that has to make arrangements to be creative and successful. This is the idea of Europe that everyone can express oneself but accepts the other too. You can have this experience only when you are part of a successful ERASMUS+ project.


Jacek Mueller
Publiczne Liceum nr 1, Opole, Poland

Making a fresco is sometimes a hard work in different weather conditions, sometimes it is cold and the work makes us extremely tired. But then there comes always the time when we share ideas together, eating an evening meal and discussing what we have achieved in the current project so far. It is beautiful to watch how the ideas are getting realized by the whole team. Personally, I really like watching the colours of the fresco being born on the wall, through the combination of light movements of brushes and the collective imagination of the Erasmus team. The possibility of travelling during the project also enables us to transfer to the wall the pieces of images that we caught on the way and in that way to preserve them forever.


Jacques Sautot
Les Passeurs de Fresques

In these troubled times, the Erasmus program in which we participate reminds us that it is working together that unites us and makes us move forward together.


Bogusława Wawrzyniak
Wyższa Szkoła Bankowa Opole, Poland

The Erasmus project has given me a lot of different creative experiences. What is more, the physical exercise that the work involves, let my mind be purified and open to the new ideas. Visiting places and meeting the people have developed me as a human being and stay in me forever. This is an adventure that everyone should experience!


Jitka Klofandova
Pedagogical School in Litomyšl, Czechia

I have always considered fresco painting as something noble, inaccessible and rather historical than contemporary. Realizing frescoes with teachers and students from non-artistic schools was an idea from the realm of dreams. Project European Reflection in Fresco has convinced me that when enthusiastic people with similar interests and cultural values get together, anything is possible! Even to lead a series of fresco workshops for students and the public. Demanding preparation, arrangements, realisation and dissemination brings endless opportunities to communicate, learn about life specifics in different countries and build on second language skills. New friendships are born, sealed by layers of personal manner of artistic handwritings on the common artwork of fresco. Fresco teaches us modesty and patience; it can have magnificent as well as intimate dimension and it outlives us. I recommend Erasmus projects to all who love creating, who are not afraid of challenges, who want to see through the prejudice and who want to move over with their lives. It's definitely worth it.


Geneviève et Marc-Daniel Seiffert
Les Passeurs de Fresques

The Erasmus project that we are pursuing together brings the joy of a connection between European citizens in an extremely conflicting period, where the lack of identity, chauvinism and anti-intellectualism are progressing.

This project connects European citizens with each other, with their history - including the universal use of lime! - in a real, collective, intergenerational, manual and artistic practice, ancient and creative art, a project anchored in the places where it is carried out, arousing the interest of the local public.

The realisation of the frescoes allowed by this Erasmus project is more than a one-time event such as a concert; it inscribes its mark over in the long run,, through learning and many projects that are already realised, particularly in schools, but also through the durability of the colour that combines the works and the stone on the walls ... for the eternity, perhaps!


Martine Ehlinger
Les Passeurs de Fresques

Once upon a time there were Czech, Polish, German teachers, French volunteers, profoundly European. Together, they built and realised a vast artistic project thus expressing, in one of the most universal ways, friendship, solidarity, sharing, weaving unbreakable bond.


Claude Dumay
Les Passeurs de fresques

I am very happy to see all the marvellous frescos you have made in Europe. I remember the very nice stay in Eberswalde and you see now I am learning English.


Romana Hřibová
Pedagogical School in Litomyšl, Czechia

Project European Reflection in Fresco was and still is an immense life experience. I have never even dreamt of having the opportunity to learn the fresco technique. I am also very grateful for the working with the international team. I enjoyed meeting new people, exploring new places and improving my English. And I loved learning the craft which has been here for centuries and is so magical... Personally, I am very happy I broadened my horizons and especially developed my professional skills as an artist. Also, the community work was immensely enriching. Erasmus is a unique life experience and joy. I consider myself very lucky to meet all these great people, to learn antique art, to work on artworks which will last, and which convey our common European legacy.


Jean-Philippe Ledit
Les Passeurs de Fresques

My two ERASMUS + 2021 experiences have been very rewarding for me personally and professionally, culturally and linguistically.

Indeed in JUNE 2021, I participated in the training of young Europeans to create a 15m² fresco based on the artistic creation of a Japanese architect, Kinya Maruyama, at the request of the architect Benjamin Rivens, also passeur de fresques. This experience required me to use my resources to express myself in English. I loved passing on the technique of the fresco to 16 teenagers of the Erasmus Concordia Project and showing them the appropriate gestures of the great Italian artists.

From 19 to 25 July 2021, the (Les Passeurs de Fresques (Association of Fresco Smugglers) hosted, within the framework of the European Reflection in fresco project, delegations of teachers from Poland, Czech Republic and Germany in order to make them discover Troyes and Champagne through multiple visits, often linked to frescoes. I accompanied the visits of the chapel FOUJITA, Reims, the museum RACHI, the vineyards of Bar-Sur-Seine and the fresco of Lirey. I liked the friendliness when I met you all for the first time at the Creole restaurant.

From September 17 to 26, 2021, I participated in the realisation of the magnificent 45m² fresco in the centre of Opole in POLAND. A big thank you to the Association of Passeurs des fresques for giving me the opportunity to live this experience. I loved speaking in English and passing on my passion for coatings to young people and to the various people of the delegations. I liked to see the coatings evolve day after day. I loved giving personalized advice to each and every one and living this week. TOGETHER, with you. I look forward to a new ERASMUS+ experience. See you soon...