1998 Courses

Coatings for Furniture Conservation I, II, and III (Mel Wachowiak)
The history, technology, chemistry, properties, deterioration, and treatment of coating materials and colorants will be studied, along with color theory, finishing techniques, treatment and manipulation of existing coatings. The third coatings course will emphasize painted finishes, e.g. polychrome sculpture, decorated furniture finishes, and consolidating and inpainting surfaces.

Specific Topics - Coatings I #C98-01
February 2-6, 1998 $400.00
Coatings technology; solubility theory and practice; history and technology of natural and synthetic resins; woodfinishing techniques; contemporary woodfinishing materials and techniques; analysis of coatings; deterioration and conservation of coatings; coating resins used in conservation.

Specific Topics - Coatings II #C98-02
April 27-29, 1998 $350.00
Evaluation of color and appearance; toxicity of materials; natural and synthetic dyes used in furniture finishes; synthesis and modification of coating materials; coloring methods used in treatments of transparent coatings; designing a finishing/finish conservation studio.

Specific Topics - Coatings III #C98-03
August 3-9, 1998 $400.00
Pigment history, technology and identification; a selected history of painted furniture; deterioration and treatment of panel paintings; history, technology and conservation of urushiol; treatment of painted wooden objects; methods and materials for inpainting; the craft of painted finishes.

Characterization and Formulation of Varnishes for Musical Instruments #C98-05 (Mel Wachowiak)
Developed in conjunction with the American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers, the workshop will have laboratory and lecture sessions pertaining to characterizing historic oil-resin coating materials, and the nature and role of constituents in formulations. The course is already full, but is included in this listing to indicate our willingness to repeat it for a non-AFVBM audience if there is enough interest.

Stain Removal for Textile Conservators: Theory and Practice #C98-04   (Mary Ballard)
April 1-3, 1998 $250.00
This course is designed for conservators of porous materials - especially textiles - with a particular interest in the theory associated with stain removal as well as its practice. Dr. Heasoon Rhee and Mary Ballard will review surfactants, solvent systems, and reagents and will be followed by discussions and numerous laboratory exercises to treat various soils and stains.

Preservation of Santos #C98-06 (Jia-sun Tsang)
May 19-21, 1998 $175.00

A survey of the history of polychrome Hispanic religious artifacts, their materials, techniques of fabrication and decoration, and preservation and restoration. The workshop will enhance the connoisseurship of scholars, and provide technical information on preservation concerns for conservators, curators, collectors, and others. This course will be held in Puerto Rico.

Four Approaches to the Preservation of Textiles #C98-19 (Mary Ballard)
Margaret Fikioris, Mechthild Flury-Lemberg, Nobuko Kajitani, and Sheila Landi will review their approaches to textile conservation and discuss the individual problems raised by each participant. Participants will be selected on the basis of the level of the problem submitted and its appropriateness to discussion. Please see specific announcement for details.

Timeline: Scheduling Strategies for Preservation of Paper-Based Collections #C98-07 (Fei-wen Tsai)
June 23, 1998 No charge
This half-day meeting will focus on case studies of preventive conservation projects at the Smithsonian Institution. Participants are encouraged to share current preservation efforts within their divisions.

Technology and Preservation of Artifacts I #C98-08 (Don Williams)
July 13-17, 1998
Offered through the George Washington University, this course is a five-afternoon survey of the materials, fabrication, deterioration and preservation of paintings, furniture, and paper. The course will include lectures and demonstrations by SCMRE conservators, and is intended to inform prospective caretakers and appraisers on the nature of these artifacts. To register conatct: GWU Appraisal Studies Program, (202) 973-1175.

Preservation Fundamentals (Mary Ballard)
I: Humidity #C98-13
July 20, 1998 $125.00
I: Humidity #C98-14
July 21, 1998 $125.00
Course repeated only if registration requires

II: Mold and Mildew #C98-15
July 22, 1998 $125.00
II: Mold and Mildew #C98-16
July 23, 1998 $125.00
Course repeated only if registration requires

III: Pests #C98-17
July 24, 1998 $125.00
III: Pests #C98-18
July 25, 1998 $125.00
Course repeated only if registration requires

These specialized courses are designed to deveop and review a technical understanding of a fundamental issue in preservation of collections. Humidity will be taught by Lew Harriman, author (and illustrator) of The Dehumidification Handbook and active member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers). Mold and Mildew will be jointly taught by several microbiologists: Dr. Robert Planchette will review the microbiology on organic materials; Dr. Robert Koestler, the microbiology on inorganic materials; and Lt. Col. Ted Hatfield from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the pathogenic potential of these organisms. Pests will be taught by Keith Story, author of Approaches to Pest Management in Museums, general editor of the Mallis's Handbook of Pest Control, and member of the Royal Society of Health.

Analytical Methods for Artifacts I #C98-09 (Melanie Feather, Don Williams)
The first of a series of offerings over the coming years targeted toward college chemistry insructors who want to use artifacts as a focus for teaching analytical chemistry courses, this pilot course will focus on the investigative schemes for the analysis of painted artifacts. The course will be taught by SCMRE staff scientists and conservators.

Just in Time: Disaster Preparedness for Paper-Based Collections #C98-10 (Fei-wen Tsai)
September 15-16, 1998 $50.00 for one day of lectures; $150.00 for lectures plus one-day workshop.
This course will focus on developing a disaster plan, as well as preservation management of collections before, during, and after emergencies; the workshop will include a hands-on exercise for rescuing water-damaged documents.

Applied Optical Microscopy #C98-11 (Harry Alden)
September 21-25, 1998 $500.00
This course, the first in a series, provides the foundation for advanced optical microscopy applications and training. Subjects addressed will include: sample selection and preparation; microscope specifications, selection and set-up; design and layout of microscopy spaces; function and use; imaging and photomicrography; specialized techniques and limits of material identification; documentation and analysis; and introduction to specialized applications, e.g. archaeobotany, coating materials, natural history specimens, etc.

Preservation of Plastics Collections #C99-02 (Mary Baker)
October 7-9, 1998 $250.00
Specifically addressing the nature of synthetic materials used in manufacturing, the course will summarize the chemistry of plastics in artifacts, including synthesis of raw materials and additives, and industrial forming processes. Particularly important to collections managers and conservators will be the discussion of characterizing collection materials, their stability and deterioration, and methods of dealing with collection preservation.

Technology of Furniture #C99-01 (Don Williams)
October 19-23, 1998
Offered through the George Washington University, this five-afternoon course will be a demonstration-based presentation of furniture fabrication. Topics will include wood selection and harvesting, structural fabrication, surface decoration and finishing, upholstery and hardware. Particulat emphasis will be on the differences in pre-mechanized and post-mechanized processes. To register, contact: GWU Appraisal Studies Program, (202) 973-1175.

Conservation of Gilt Wood #C99-04 (Mel Wachowiak)
November 9-13, 1998 $400.00
Topics include history and technology of gilding materials and techniques, including oil and water gilding and stenciling, and the causes and treatment of deterioration. Fabrication and repair of gilded substrates will be emphasized, along with restoration materials and techniques.


Other topics or courses will be incorporated as the SCMRE Education programing evolves.

For further information on these or other SCMRE Education projects, contact any of the SCMRE staff sponsors indicated in parentheses. Mailing address: SCMRE/MSC, MRC 534, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560. Phone: (301) 238-1240, FAX (301) 238-3709.