A new one module seminar on art conservation has been added to the course catalog for the fall! See the description below, complements of Colette Crossman, Curator of Academic Programs at the Allen.
Conservation Examination of the Painted Surface (ARTS 402)
An introduction to the physical examination of painted surfaces as practiced in art conservation and conservation science. We will explore the technology of various paint media, its relationship to artistic expression, the alteration caused by degradation and the ethics of the conservator’s intervention. Using the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s collection, we will discuss what material evidence reveals about production, history, and condition. Classes will include a visit to a conservation laboratory and guest speakers.
The class will meet in the AMAM Print Study Room most weeks, and will include physical examinations of objects in the AMAM collection. In addition, Heather is bringing in leading conservation scientists and other specialists to lecture and run hands-on workshops. The module is designed to appeal equally to chemistry and art/art history majors, and we’re hoping for a good mix of both. It should be an exciting opportunity for students in both disciplines to learn from one another, enjoy rare behind-the-scenes encounters with the museum collection, and learn about the field of art conservation and conservation science.
Course enrollment is 12 and students will be admitted by consent only.