We are still 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. As there are still places available, our deadline for applications has been extended to April 15, 2016.
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)
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
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 Field 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.