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Subject: Workshop on spot testing

Workshop on spot testing

From: Shelley Sass <sks3>
Date: Thursday, June 10, 2004
This summer the Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, New York
University is offering the workshop

    Spot Testing for Materials Characterization

co-sponsored by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic
and Artistic Works (AIC)

Instructors: Nancy Odegaard,  Scott Carrlee
August 31 - September 3, 2004
9 am - 5 pm
Fee: $675.00 ($575.00 for AIC members)
Application Deadline: July 16, 2004

Many conservators are familiar with the use of microchemical testing
for material characterization, based on wet chemistry tests of
standard textbooks.  Such testing is an attractive analytical skill,
as it requires a relatively modest amount of non-specialized
equipment. However few have been trained in spot test procedures
specifically designed for characterization of materials of cultural
property and fine arts.  The successful use of such tests is
dependent on the use of the right chemicals, good lab technique, and
knowledgeable interpretation of test results.  Training in specific
spot tests for conservation applications will maximize the
usefulness of such testing for conservators.

Participants will learn how to "do" a special selection of Spot
Tests drawn from Material Characterization Tests for Objects of Art
and Archaeology by Odegaard, Carroll, and Zimmt (2000 Archetype
Books). The methodology for the course will use the processes of
scientific method, as used in chemistry laboratories, combined with
informed, safe laboratory practice.  Participants will learn various
methods of testing including the use of reagents, electrolysis, and
test papers, through lecture and hands-on lab experience.  At the
conclusion of the workshop participants will be able to set up a
testing program for their lab and conduct spot tests for
characterization of organic and inorganic materials.

The workshop will be held at the Conservation Center, 14 East 78th
Street, New York, NY

For more information and application form see:

    **** Moderator's comments: The above URL has been wrapped for
    email. There should be no newline.

Shelley Sass
Program Coordinator
Conservation Center
Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
14 E. 78th Street
New York, NY 10021
Fax: 212-992-5851

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