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Italy Restoration Summer Field School

Published January 6, 2016

We are now accepting applications for our summer 2016 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 18th year, dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offering students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy.

Session One (May 30 – June 24)
Building Restoration – Touching the Stones*
Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings in Italy
Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings
Archaeological Ceramics Restoration
Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy
Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics
Book Bindings Restoration
The Craft of Making and Restoration Book Bindings
Introduction to the History and Craft of Book Bindings

Session Two (July 11 – August 5)
Paper Restoration
Restoration and Conservation of Paper Media
Paper Restoration Workshop
Traditional Painting Restoration
Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues
Traditional Painting Workshop
Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy
Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues

*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

Intersession Programs (June 25 – July 8):
Intersession Field Trip – Italy (June 26 – July 5)
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.
Intersession Trip – Athens (check-in Saturday, June 27 – check-out Friday, July 8)
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.
Intersession Program – The History of Food in Italy (June 27 – July 8)
A two week course giving an overview of the evolution of the food system in Italy. The course will include morning lec­tures and an experimental cooking workshop.

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.

If you know any students, scholars, or others interested in this type of study, please inform them about our program. We would appreciate it if you could list our program on your organization’s website as an available educational resource.

We have a 2016 flyer that you may wish to post on your department notice board or forward to interested parties. You can print this from our website. Please let us know if you have any problem printing and we can email you the PDF.

Thank you very much.

Best wishes, Max Cardillo
Director, San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

Please note: we are able to run our programs at low cost to students by not running a large recruiting budget. If you no longer wish to receive news on our programs, please click on this link.