While things were quiet here in August, a group of painters came to the Schoolhouse to brighten some classrooms. Robert Logsdon and his lazure crew came from Massachusetts. The team worked quickly to apply the vibrant layers of paint and achieve the texture we associate with the walls at Camphill Special School.
Lazure is layers of paint prepared nearly as thin and transparent as watercolor, consisting of water, binder, and pigment. It is applied with a rhythmical movement using large brushes. The final color is achieved using varied colors applied in several layers, over a white surface. Light passes through these thin layers of color and is reflected back, giving a pure color experience. A lower school classroom was painted yellow. The fifth grade classroom was painted a beautiful Mediterranean blue. In high school, a classroom was painted indigo. Flat, monotone colors are tiring on the eyes while color with variation of hue and tone stimulate and balance the activity of the eyes. The lazure method offers a creative and conscientious use of color that provides nourishment for the eye and the soul. It can achieve aesthetically beautiful results and act as a powerful healing influence amid the stress and tension of modern life. Lazured walls are found in a variety of settings including offices, restaurants, residences, curative and medical establishments, and of course at Camphill Special School!