Italy Preservation Field School – Buildings, Ceramics, Paper, Books, Art

We are now accepting applications for our summer 2015 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 16th year, dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offering students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy.

Session One (June 1 – 26)

Building Restoration* Revised program

Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings in Italy

Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings

Ceramics Restoration

Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics

Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation in Italy


Session Two (July 13 – August 7)

Book Bindings Restoration

Introduction to the Restoration of Book Bindings in Italy

Workshop on the Restoration of Book Bindings

Paper Restoration

Introduction to Restoration of Paper in Books and Archival Documents

Restoration Workshop – Paper in Books and Archival Documents

Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques

Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy, including Issues of Weathering and Aging

Painting Workshop – Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 

Restoration in Italy – Issues and Theory

*Field Projects:

Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th Century)

Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city

Inter-Session Programs (June 27 – July 10)

Structural Treatments on Canvas Paintings (June 29 – July 10) Workshop

An expert workshop dealing with the restoration of canvasses: the structural support of oil paintings. The program includes theoretical classes and practical workshops.

Inter-session Field Trip – Italy (June 28 – July 7)

A ten day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.

Inter-session Field Trip – Athens (check-in Saturday, June 27 – check-out Friday, July 10)

A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city lead by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.

To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE.

Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.

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