Paintings Conservation Studio
The master’s-level program first-year paintings conservation block includes the history and chemistry of pigments, binders, coatings, resins, adhesives, panels and the history and philosophies of painting conservation. It also focuses on the documentation, analysis, and treatment of paintings and painted decorative objects. Instruction in techniques for pigment microscopy and the analysis of multi-layered cross-sections from painted surfaces is also provided during this block.
Second-year paintings majors conduct complete beginning-to-end documentation, analysis, examination, and treatment of at least three paintings. In doing so, these students conduct thorough art-historical research on one or more of the paintings undergoing treatment and assist with additional minor conservation treatment work on smaller projects and frames to build skills and experience.
Master's-level paintings conservation majors are supervised by Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner and Matt Cushman.