School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Art Conservation

ARTC-801* Conservation Principles
A general survey course dealing with various aspects of conservation and museology. The course deals with professional ethics, control of the factors causing deterioration and with preventive conservation including care in handling, transporting and storing cultural property. Half course; fall and winter. Team taught.

ARTC-802* Properties of Materials
This course discusses organic and inorganic materials important in conservation. Topics covered will include the chemical structure, properties, degradation processes, and conservation treatments of the different materials. Scientific principles that are encountered in conservation treatment will also be studied. Half course. A. Murray.

ARTC-804* Scientific Methods for the Conservator
This course covers the theory and use of the polarizing microscope, which enables the identification of art materials including pigments and fibers. Other investigative techniques that will be discussed include: microchemical tests and fluorescence microscopy. This course comprises both lectures and labs. Half course; winter. TBA.

ARTC-806 Internship I
The first of two internships of three months duration in the conservation department of an approved institution or with an approved conservator. The internships are intended to expose students to a variety of situations in the field. Whenever possible, internships will be arranged to suit the interest and abilities of individual students. Three months (12 weeks) duration; summer.

ARTC-807 Internship II
The second internship of three months duration in the conservation department of a recognized institution or with an approved conservator. Wherever possible, the second internship will be taken in a situation relevant to the student's area of interest. Three months (12 weeks) duration; summer.

ARTC-808* Instrumental Methods of Analysis
This course is designed to give an understanding of selected instrumental methods of analysis used in art conservation. Aspects covered include the fundamental principles underlying the techniques, the instrumentation, and the practical applications and limitations. The principles of colour and light will also be covered. There will be lectures and laboratory demonstrations. Half course; fall. A. Murray

ARTC-810* Imaging and Documentation
This course covers theory and practice of digital imaging for flat and 3-D cultural heritage objects, using several techniques: digital photography, infrared, ultraviolet, reflectance transformation imaging, x-ray and others. Post-capture image manipulation and image storage/retrieval will be stressed as well as studio protocol and artifact handling and safety. Half-course; fall. N. Paul.

ARTC-811* History, Technology and Conservation of Artifacts I
A detailed study of the structure and characteristics of archaeological and historic artifacts. Historical and geographical factors affecting the development of artifacts are examined as well as the interrelationship of materials and methods of production. The causes of deterioration of artifacts and methods of preventing further deterioration are evaluated, together with the materials and methods needed to carry out conservation treatments. This course concentrates on artifacts made primarily of metals and stone. Half course; winter. A. Anastassiades.

ARTC-812* History Technology and Conservation of Artifacts II
This course has the same format as ARTC-811* but with particular emphasis on artifacts made from materials of organic origin, especially wood, leather, bone and ivory. Half course; fall. A. Anastassiades.

ARTC-813* History Technology and Conservation of Artifacts III
This course has the same format as ARTC-811* but with particular emphasis on artifacts of organic origin, especially textiles. Half course; winter. A. Anastassiades

ARTC-821* History, Technology and Conservation of Paintings I
A detailed study of the structure and characteristics of historical fabric-supported paintings. The history of materials and techniques, agencies of deterioration, and methods of remedial treatments are examined. Half course; two and a half term-hours; fall. P. Smithen.

ARTC-822* History, Technology and Conservation of Paintings II
Continuing the studies begun in ARTC-821*, this course examines the materials and techniques, deterioration, and conservation of paintings on solid supports. Emphasis will be placed on the study of wood panel paintings. Half course; winter. P. Smithen.

ARTC-823* History, Technology, and Conservation of Contemporary Art
This course has the same format as ARTC-821* with a concentration on contemporary art. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary painting and multi-media works. Half course; winter. Half-course; winter. P. Smithen.

ARTC-824* Technical Examination of Paintings
This course will involve theoretical and practical study of various types of technical examination of paintings. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting observed phenomena and exploring their contributions to art historical and conservation study and practice. Examination techniques to be studied will include visible light, radiography, microscopy, and various instrumental analytical and dating techniques. Practical sessions will be held in the laboratories of the Master of Art Conservation Program using historical paintings from the collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Field trips to other conservation laboratories will also be organized. Field trips. Limited enrolment. P. Smithen.

ARTC-831* History, Technology and Conservation of Paper Objects I
A detailed study of the structure and characteristics of paper objects. Historical, geographical, social and economic factors in the development of the technology of paper artifacts are considered. The causes of deterioration of paper objects are described and methods of preventing further deterioration are evaluated, together with materials and methods needed to carry out conservation treatments. This course focuses on archival materials. Half course; fall. R. Hill

ARTC-832* History, Technology and Conservation of Paper Objects II
This course has the same format as ARTC-831* with particular emphasis being placed on prints, drawings and watercolours. Half course; winter. R. Hill.

ARTC-833* History, Technology and Conservation of Paper and New Media III
This course has the same format as ARTC-831* with emphasis on artifacts of complex structure such as photographs, digital object and new media and focuses on their preservation in an institutional context. Half course; winter. R. Hill.

ARTC-850* Introduction to Artifact Conservation Practice
Studio and workshop practice in the conservation of artifacts, particularly those made of ceramics and glass. Methods of preventing further deterioration are applied to artifacts and experience is gained in the use of materials for conservation. Half Course; fall. A. Anastassiades.

ARTC-851* Artifact Conservation Practice I
This course continues the studies begun in ARTC-850* with special emphasis on artifacts made from metals and stone. Sixteen term-hours; winter. Half course; winter. A. Anastassiades

ARTC-852* Artifact Conservation Practice II
This course continues the studies begun in ARTC-850* with special emphasis on artifacts made of wood, leather, bone and ivory, and those made of a number of different materials. Half course; fall. A. Anastassiades.

ARTC-853* Artifact Conservation Practice III
This course continues the studies begun in ARTC-850* with particular emphasis on artifacts made from materials of organic origin, especially textiles. Half course; winter. A. Anastassiades

ARTC-861* Paintings Conservation Practice I
Laboratory practice in painting conservation treatments; introduction to assessment of condition and condition reports. Theoretical studies of ARTC-821* are applied to practical restoration projects undertaken under faculty supervision. Half course; fall. P. Smithen.

ARTC-862* Paintings Conservation Practice II
This course continues studies begun in ARTC-861*. Half course; winter. P. Smithen.

ARTC-863* Paintings Conservation Practice III
This course is designed to provide second year students with increasingly more complex problems in the conservation of paintings. Aesthetic, historical and ethical aspects are considered along with practical approaches to the conservation of a variety of unusual painting materials and paintings on solid supports. Half course; fall. P. Smithen.

ARTC-864* Paintings Conservation Practice IV
Continuation of ARTC-863*. Half course; winter. P. Smithen.

ARTC-871* Paper Objects Conservation Practice I
Laboratory practice in the handling of the materials of art and conservation. Theoretical studies are applied to practical conservation and preservation projects, which are undertaken with faculty supervision. This course emphasizes the conservation and preservation of archival materials. Half course; fall. R. Hill

ARTC-872* Paper Objects Conservation Practice II
This course continues the studies begun in ARTC-871* with special emphasis being placed on the restoration and conservation of fine art objects on paper and related materials. Half course; winter. R. Hill.

ARTC-873* Paper/New Media Conservation Practice III
This course continues studies begun in ARTC-871* with special emphasis on artifacts of complex structure such as photographs, digital objects and new media and focuses on their preservation in an institutional context. Half course; winter. R. Hill.

ARTC-874* Advanced Practice in Paper Objects Conservation
This course provides second year students with increasingly more complex problems in the conservation of paper objects. Aesthetic, historical and ethical aspects are considered along with practical approaches to the conservation of objects of varied structures and materials. Half course; fall. R. Hill

ARTC-897* Directed Study in Art Conservation
This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore specific topics in depth. This course will usually take the form of a closely supervised reading course in an area of the instructor's expertise. Half course.

ARTC-898 Research Project
Research will be carried out in consultation with and under the guidance of the instructor. Each student will conduct a research project and produce a written report. Students will need to obtain the instructor's permission to pursue research in an area relevant to the field of art conservation. The course will include oral presentations and formal reports. Full-year course; fall, winter, spring and summer. A. Murray

ARTC-899 Master's Thesis Research