Care of Sculptures
Regular Registration: $1,200
This is an introductory course to the care of sculptures and objects, including basics on handling, storage, and exhibition but focusing mainly on preservation, conservation, and restoration. Sculpted fine art and ethnographic objects are made using a vast array of materials, techniques, and styles, often found in diverse cultural contexts: the emphasis here will be on objects made of wood, stone, plaster, and terracotta, including their surface treatments. We will learn spot tests to identify materials Thanks to group and individual hands-on study of sculptures from the collection of the Campbell Center, students will learn to feel comfortable with and confident in observing and identifying materials and techniques used to make a sculpture, as well as the dangers or the alterations and their causes, which is essential to determining the best care for a sculpture. International and national codes of ethics in conservation will be stressed upon and discussed as they are applied to real-life situations when dealing with sculptures belonging to collections and private clients. Specific treatment options applied to the sculpture in need of care (techniques, products, options, and results) and how to choose them will be discussed. Students will learn how to identify the problems of a specific sculpture, prioritize them, and complete a thorough condition report with treatment proposal by the end of the course. Students will also learn how to properly address dust and dirt removal on sculpted surfaces.
Kimberleigh Collins-Peynaud is an independent sculpture conservator currently working in Utah. After earning her B.A. in Visual Arts from Rutgers University in 2001, she moved to France where she obtained a second B.A. in Art History from the Université François Rabelais and her specialized degree (DNSEP) in the conservation of sculpture (Diplôme national supérieur d’expression plastique, option art, mention conservation-restauration des oeuvres sculptées) from the Ecole supérieure de beaux-arts de
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Tours in 2007. Since then, she has worked in France and America on a wide variety of sculptures and objects from museum collections, churches, historical monuments, and private clients. Notable internships she completed in America took place at the Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City), the Western Archeological and Conservation Center (Tucson), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In France, she has worked on monuments such as the basilica of St. Denis and the Thermes de Cluny du Musée du Moyen Age Thermes, and for many churches and museums, such as the Musée Rodin, the Musée de la Marine and the Musée d’art et d’histoire de haumont. Back in the USA since last year, she is enjoying conservation work for local museums and private clients, eager to share her experience and knowledge with others.