Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Art Conservation Teaching Assistantships: 2019-2020

A number of Teaching Assistantships (TAs) are available through the MAC Program, and are usually awarded to second year MAC students. A committee consisting of Program faculty selects students for these positions, based on academic merit and demonstrated skill levels. Below are the positions held for the 2019-2020 year.

1. ARTC 871, 872, and 873 (Paper): 90 hours in total, Fall and Winter terms

  • Set up and maintain a duty roster for students to keep the lab areas clean and tidy
  • Keep track of all chemicals and solvents and supplies, and order same when required
  • Demonstrate basic treatment procedures to the first-year students:  paste making, tear repairs, flattening, washing, re-sizing, etc.
  • Prepare materials for demonstrations and workshops, including imaging analysis, and documentation of selected paintings and samples
  • Contribute to and organize the laboratory manual containing procedures and references.
  • Oversee audio-visual support in laboratory
  • Act as technical assistant during workshops
  • Assist with organization, inventory and tracking of paintings and sample materials.
  • Co-ordinate completion and return of objects to owners
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Maintain the sign-up sheet for photo studio reserved time outside the photo studio
     

2. ARTC 861, 862, 863, and 864 (Paintings): 90 hours in total, Fall and Winter terms

  • Set up and maintain a duty roster for students to keep the lab areas clean and tidy
  • Update inventory of laboratory supplies (chemicals, solvents, materials and equipment) and order supplies when required
  • Organise tools and supplies, maintain and improve their storage and access.
  • Maintenance of lab equipment, including calibration.
  • Prepare materials for demonstrations and workshops, including imaging analysis, and documentation of selected paintings and samples
  • Contribute to and organise the laboratory manual containing procedures and references.
  • Oversee audio-visual support in laboratory
  • Act as technical assistant during workshops
  • Assist with organisation, inventory and tracking of paintings and sample materials.
  • Co-ordinate completion and return of objects to owners
  • Other duties as assigned

3. ARTC 850, 851, 852 (Artifacts): 90 hours in total, Fall and Winter term

  • Maintain lab cleanliness and also encourage fellow students to do so by encouraging students to keep lab areas clean and tidy
  • Keep track of all chemicals, solvents and supplies, and order same when required
  • Organize supplies and tools in the lab and label all shelves and drawers
  • Safety tour for first-year Artifacts students in first week of classes
  • Coordinate return of objects to owners
  • Lab demonstrations for selected conservation procedures and equipment
  • Assist in supervision of laboratory sessions and workshops
  • Maintenance of lab equipment
  • Assist other students with technical examinations and conservation treatments, when required
  • Other duties as assigned

4. ARTC 802, 804, 808 (Conservation Science): 90 hours in total, Fall and Winter terms

  • Prepare materials for interactive portions of workshops, demonstrations, or labs (ex. XRF workshop, wet chemicals and pigment mixtures for microchemical tests, and 802)
  • Demonstrate equipment or lab skill:  spectrophotometer, photography for microscopes, glossmeter
  • Locate and copy reading and visual materials for lectures
  • Collect materials at Science Store at Chernoff Hall
  • Suggest supplies to order
  • Ensure laboratory cleanup is completed
  • Write instructions for equipment or lab procedures
  • Propose and develop the content of new lab segments
  • Organize and add to the student slide library
  • Lab safety: keep chemicals labelled properly
  • Communicate with others (companies, professors, and students) about lab equipment, loans, and other topics
  • Other duties as assigned