The summer 2016 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 18th year, dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offering students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy. As there are still places available, our deadline for applications has been extended to April 15, 2016.


Session One (May 30 – June 24)

Building Restoration – Touching the Stones*

Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings in Italy

Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings

Archaeological Ceramics Restoration

Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy

Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics

Book Bindings Restoration

The Craft of Making and Restoration Book Bindings

Introduction to the History and Craft of Book Bindings


Session Two (July 11 – August 5)

Paper Restoration

Restoration and Conservation of Paper Media

Paper Restoration Workshop

Traditional Painting Restoration

Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues

Traditional Painting Workshop

Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy

Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues


*Field Projects:

Restoration of the façade of the church of San Carlo (13th century)

Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city


Intersession Programs (June 25 – July 8):

Intersession Field Trip – Italy (June 26 – July 5)

A ten day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.

Intersession Field Trip – Athens (check-in Saturday, June 27 – check-out Friday, July 8)

A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city led by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.

Intersession Program – The History of Food in Italy (June 27 – July 8)

A two week course giving an overview of the evolution of the food system in Italy. The course will include morning lec­tures and an experimental cooking workshop.


To find out more about the program and review the syllabi, please visit the WEBSITE.


l courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.



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