Program Details

The hands-on Restoration Workshops, offered in both June and in July, consist of a month-long exploration of restoration, history, religion and culture, balancing studio and classroom instruction at LdM Florence with restoration field work.
Florence, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:

Program Overview

Program Description:

This workshop consists of three weeks in Florence and one field week in Southern Italy, during which you will approach the fundamentals of historical painting and of modern painting restoration techniques. By working on original polychrome wooden sculptures, oil paintings and frescoes, you will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the subject and the basic skills needed in the profession.

In Florence, working in a fully functional restoration lab, you will perform diagnostic studies, understand dating and historical context, learn cleaning and consolidating techniques, and how to recognize proper products and reconstruct missing parts. During hands-on sessions you will focus on original works of art, acquiring original fresco techniques, such as mixing fresco mortar (intonaco), preparing a sinopia, painting a fresco, as well as various detachment and conservation methods.

During the field week in Southern Italy you will have the opportunity to apply the most appropriate conservation and restoration techniques to authentic works of art directly in their historical locations. 

Setting Description:
The LdM Florence campus is one of the largest international schools in Italy, located in fourteen campus buildings in the historic city center near the famous Duomo Cathedral and next to the bustling San Lorenzo market and church.

The LdM buildings are Wi-Fi equipped and contain a full range of facilities including large classrooms and specialized art studios, a cafeteria, courtyard garden, library, student point, and computer center. The vibrant surrounding neighborhoods are filled with shops and restaurants.

Please refer to the LdM website for the most updated program costs.

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