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ARTH 508
Art and Conservation: An Inquiry into History, Methods, and Materials Spring 2020
Division I

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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 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).
The Class: Format: seminar; slide presentations, lectures, gallery talks, hands-on opportunities, technical examinations, and group discussions
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 3966
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance is required at all sessions; the course grade is based on exams given throughout the semester; there is no final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Graduate Program students, then students in art history or studio art
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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