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Workshop on inpainting

From: Abigail Choudhury <achoudhury<-at->
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of
Historic and Artistic Works in partnership with the National Park
Service's Harpers Ferry Center for Conservation presents

"Master Studies" Workshop
"Mastering Inpainting"
At the National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Monday, May 21-Friday, May 25
    Monday, noon-5 pm
    Tuesday-Thursday, 9 am-5 pm
    Friday, 9 am. - noon.


Instructors: James Bernstein and Debra Evans

Course Fee: $650 AIC members; $900 non-members (includes $75
materials fee)

Enrollment Limit: 14

Registration:  Participants will be selected from a pool of
applicants to ensure a balance of specializations.  Apply by
February 15, 2012 for full consideration.  Later applications will
be considered if space is available.  To apply, send resume or c.v.,
along with statement of interest and full contact information, by
email to courses<-at->conservation-us<.>org

Participants are responsible for their own travel, housing, and
meals. Participants are strongly urged to stay on-site at NCTC.
Workshop hotel costs, which includes all meals, are $129 per night
for single room, plus tax.

This program is designed for mid-career conservators. Participants
may be selected based on order of receipt of registration, training,
experience, balance of institutional and private practice
conservators, balance of conservation specialty areas, number of
registrants from a single organization, and geography. Preference
will be given to AIC Professional Associate and Fellow members.
Early registration is advised.

Workshop Description: The four-day intensive course is tailored for
conservators wishing to improve their mastery of inpainting skills.
A broad overview of this complicated topic will be provided, as well
as considerable attention to details critical for various points of
the compensation process. Keys to problem solving will be offered to
help conservators find appropriate and successful treatment
solutions for differing inpainting situations.

A combination of lecture, discussion and studio/laboratory sessions
will cover:

    Inpainting criteria

    Adaptation of environments for each compensation requirement

    Light, color and optics: theory and practical phenomena

    A survey of pigments and their properties

    Preparation for compensation: isolation and fills

    Wet and dry inpainting media and toning systems: resins (natural
    and synthetic), watercolor, distemper, gums and cellulose
    ethers, cellulose fiber, pen, pencils, pastels, dry pigments,
    and other coloring agents.

    Inpainting modifiers: bulking, matting, polishing, and glossing

    Application instruments, methods and tips

    Medium/pigment/diluent variations for adjusting surface sheen:
    high gloss, lean/matte, transparent, opaque, stained, and other

    Simulation of patina and age effects

    Philosophical dialogue: degrees of compression; discernibility
    longevity and reversibility of restorations

Mock-ups and a basic range of inpainting media will be provided for
studio sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring with them
small artifacts examples or expendable items for experimentation,
personal favorite inpainting materials (media, palettes, tools,
inpainting brushes) and "studio tips" for demonstration.

A multi-disciplinary viewpoint will be emphasized. Conservators from
diverse specializations and background--paintings, objects, paper,
etc.; traditional and/or modern - are invited to interact, sharing
their knowledge and experiences, favorable and otherwise, with

About the Instructors

    James Bernstein is a conservator of paintings and mixed media in
    private practice in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate
    of the High School of Music and Art (NYC), Brandeis University
    and the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Conservation (now at
    Buffalo). Jim was a Conservator and Co-Director of Conservation
    for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for 15 years,
    instrumental in the museum's conservation programs and in the
    training of apprentices and interns.

    Known for his knowledge of artist materials, his inventive
    problem-solving, and his skillful treatment of complex painted
    art works (modern and antique), Jim is devoted to conservation
    education and loves to share his knowledge with others.
    Regularly called upon to teach color and compensation techniques
    to conservators at advanced seminars (hosted by institutions
    such as the Getty Museum, Museum of Modern Art, NY, New York
    University's Conservation Center, the Campbell Center for
    Historic Preservation Studies, and now the AIC), Jim has
    lectured on inpainting, picture varnishes, dilemmas in the
    conservation of contemporary art, and "Studio Tip"

    Debra Evans is head of paper and photograph conservation at the
    Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where she has worked since
    1983. Prior to that, she was paper conservator at Pacific
    Regional Conservation Center at Bishop Museum in Honolulu. An
    undergraduate philosophy major, she received her graduate
    education a the Winterthur/University of Delaware art
    conservation program. She was the president of the Western
    Association for Art Conservation and an editor of the Journal of
    the AIC. She has been fortunate to have the privilege of
    supervising numerous conservation program interns and for
    eighteen years taught preventive conservation in the graduate
    program in museum studies at JFK University. Since 1994, she has
    been co-instructor of inpainting workshops with Jim Bernstein.

Housing and Transportation: NCTC <URL:> is a
state-of-the-art conference facility located in rural West Virginia
in a park-like setting on the banks of the upper Potomac River. It
is an ideal place to relax, enjoy nature and recharge your
professional skills. It is about a two-hour drive from Washington,
DC, or ninety minutes from Dulles International Airport. A shuttle
bus is available (approximately $70 roundtrip), leaving Dulles
airport at various times on Sunday and returning Friday afternoon.
Hotel-quality, private rooms with bath are available at NCTC. The
room rate ($129 per day) includes three meals per day on site. Other
hotels are 20-30 minutes away by car. Specific housing
recommendations and travel directions will be sent to all

This program is funded by the FAIC Endowment for Professional
Development, which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and by contributions from members and friends of the American
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Special thanks to the National Park Service, Peggy Sandretzky, Gary
L. Schetrompf, and Theresa Voellinger

Questions? Contact Abigail Choudhury at courses<-at->conservation-us<.>org

Abigail Choudhury
Development and Education Associate
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic
    and Artistic Works
1156 15th St, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005
Fax: 202-452-9328

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