San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

Now in its 19th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. They offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and conservation. Courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.

The registration deadline for summer programs has been extended to April 15, 2017. See below for summer course offerings.

Session One (May 29 – June 23)

Building Restoration – Touching the Stones 
Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings (Program includes lectures and field projects – 1. Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th century) and 2. Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city)
Archaeological Ceramics Restoration
Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy (Program includes lectures and workshop)
Book Bindings Restoration
The Craft of Making and Restoring Book Bindings
Introduction to the Conservation of Books and Bindings (Program includes lectures and workshop)

Session Two (July 10 – August 4)

Paper Restoration
Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents (Program includes lectures and workshop)
Traditional Painting Techniques
Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues (Program includes lectures and workshop)
Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 
Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues (Program includes lectures and discussion)

Short Intersession Programs (June 24 – July 7)

Preservation Field Trip – Italy (June 25 – July 4) 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.
Coexistence of Memory and Modernity – Athens (June 25 – July 6) A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city led by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.
The History and Culture of Food in Italy (June 26 – July 7) A two-week course giving an overview of the history and cultural traditions of food in Italy. The course will include lec­tures, field trips and an experimental cooking workshop.

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


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