ARTH 508 Spring 2013 Art and Conservation: An Inquiry into History, Methods, and Materials

This course is designed to acquaint students with observation and examination techniques for works of art, artifacts, and decorative arts objects; give them an understanding of the history of artist materials and methods; and familiarize them with the ethics and procedures of conservation. This is not a conservation training course but is structured to provide a broader awareness for those who are planning careers involving work with cultural objects. Sessions will be held at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Williams College, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Collection in Albany. Examination questions may be formulated from exhibitions at these locations. Six exams will be given. Exam scores will be weighed in proportion to the number of sessions covered by the exam (e.g., the paintings exam, derived from six sessions of the course, will count as 25% of the final grade).
Class Format: slide presentations, lectures, gallery talks, hands-on opportunities, technical examinations, and group discussions
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance is required at all sessions; the course grade is based on exams given throughout the semester; there is no final exam
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Enrollment Preference: Graduate Program students then to senior Art History majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
Enrollment Limit: 12
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Class Number: 3818
ARTH508-01(S) SEM Art and Conservation Division 1: Languages and the Arts Thomas J. Branchick
MR 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Clark Art Seminar Room 3818
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