Criteria for Making a Good Art Restoration Program

Vancouver, BC | Posted: January 31st, 2019

What Makes a Good Art Restoration Program?

Art lovers, culture-seeking travelers, and history enthusiasts the world over are always looking for new and exciting experiences to enrich their lives. Art Restoration has always been something that remained relatively exclusive to those who hold a Ph.D. or have, at least, had some education surrounding the delicate world of restoration & conservation. Today, both projects and supporters alike are looking for universality with respect to acceptable criteria around art restoration.

Encyclopedia Brittanica states that ‘Art conservation and restoration, (is) any attempt to conserve and repair architecture, paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and objects of the decorative arts (furniture, glassware, metalware, textiles, ceramics, and so on) that have been adversely affected by negligence, willful damage, or, more usually, the inevitable decay caused by the effects of time and human use on the materials of which they are made.”

Image of Art Restoration in ItalyEnter Citizen Science, and it’s evolution into the world of cultural conservation. Citizen Science is a term that commonly reflects public engagement in scientific researchIn recent years, the growing participation of citizen scientists and volunteers at various initiatives have proven invaluable, especially in the fields of archaeology and art history.

With so few public programs available, it’s important to keep a few things in mind when choosing which one to support. At GoVoluntouring, we believe that a good program is made up of 3 key components: Small group sizes; access to, and supervision by, professionals and other accredited learning opportunities, and near complete cultural immersion.

When you are participating in a program as delicate in nature as art restoration, small group size is crucial. If you’re constantly having to look over the shoulders of other participants, or standing at the back of a large group, how can you possibly pay attention and gather all of the important information surrounding your tasks? Small groups allow you to ask important questions, gain clarity for techniques, and give you more time to spend on the actual work.

Criteria for Art Restoration – Simplified

A good art restoration project gives you access to professionals in the field. Through lectures, field trips and more, you will gain a greater understanding of the history behind the artworks, as well as real-life examples of successful restorations. These lectures are extremely valuable scholastically and enhance the overall experience of your program.

Cultural immersion is also an important consideration when determining a good art restoration project. If your time is spent in small, sterile rooms, you’re not gaining a deeper understanding of the value of the work you are doing. Spending time fully immersed in the culture, tasting the food, witnessing the importance of their traditions, is key. It gives you an upstream view of the historical impact these works have had on people and place.

Plaster Restoration in Italy

For instance, if you were to see a ruined fresco in a cave, what you are seeing is a decaying and flat piece of history. If, while visiting a town, you learned about the background of its people, the buildings, the art, the traditions, etc., suddenly that flat fresco becomes layered in its significance.

Combining the sights, smells, flavours, and the ability to learn new skills. You’ll fulfill your dream of restoring centuries-old artworks in such a robust experience and one that you need to experience. Our partner, Messors, does it right at a stunning setting in Italy.

At a Messors Art Restoration & Conservation workshop, you can expect the following:

  • A balance of full and half days of work & study
  • Fresco restoration in underground caves, studio work on paintings
  • Lectures
  • 1-2 hours of field walks
  • Visits to archaeological sites, historic towns
  • Visiting Naples & Pompeii
  • Homemade regional dishes, picnics
  • Accommodation in shared rooms
  • Field trips & much more!

To read first-hand experiences, check out the following articles:

Washington Post / Ben Yagoda

The Vancouver Sun / Lucy Hyslop

To go ahead and confirm your spot, follow the link below:

Art Restoration & Conservation in Puglia, Italy

Photo Credits: Messors

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