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Summer Field School in Italy

  • 1.  Summer Field School in Italy

    Posted 01-17-2018 12:49
    Edited by Melita Juresa-McDonald 01-17-2018 12:50

    San Gemini Preservation Studies/International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies is now accepting application for their summer 2018 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2018.

    Now in its 20th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and restoration.

    Session One (May 28 – June 22)

    Building Restoration – Touching the Stones

    Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching & Analyzing Historic Buildings

    (Program includes lectures and restoration field projects*)

    Archaeological Ceramics Restoration

    Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy

    (Program includes lectures and restoration workshop)

    Book Bindings Restoration

    The Craft of Making and Restoring Book Bindings

    Introduction to the Conservation of Books and Bindings

    (Program includes lectures and practical workshop)

    Session Two (July 9 - August 3)

    Paper Restoration

    Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents

    (Program includes lectures and restoration workshop)

    Traditional Painting Techniques

    Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues

    (Program includes lectures and painting workshop)

    Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 

    Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues

    (Program includes lectures and discussion)

    NEW RESEARCH PROJECT: Carsulae Roman Baths Excavation Project

    Architectural & Structural Survey of the Site

    (Program includes research and surveying field work*)

    *Field Projects:

    Restoration of the façade of the medieval church of San Carlo (13th century)

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

    Architectural and structural survey of the baths in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae

    Short Inter-Session Program

    Preservation Field Trip – Italy (June 24 – July 3)

    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.

    To find out more about SGPS program and review the syllabi, please visit their WEBSITE



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    Melita Jureša-McDonald
    Information & Content Specialist
    National Trust for Historic Preservation
    San Francisco, CA
    415-692-8086
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  • 2.  RE: Summer Field School in Italy

    Posted 01-18-2018 08:42
    Hello! I just wanted to further recommend this program! It was an absolutely wonderful program and a great learning experience!

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    Rebecca Napolitano
    PhD Candidate
    Princeton University

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