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Subject: Course on identification of historic paint

Course on identification of historic paint

From: Abigail Choudhury <achoudhury<-at->
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"Identifying Historic Paint Colors and Schemes by Making 'Exposures'
    on Walls"
Bethesda Church
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Birdsboro, PA
May 16-19, 2013


Begins the evening of Thursday, May 16, 2013 and continues through
12:30 pm Sunday, May 19, 2013

Registration: Participation for this workshop is by order of
registration and is limited to 12 participants. Early registration
is advised. Participants must have professional experience in
conservation or historic preservation, or have completed substantial
study, and have a working knowledge of basic laboratory procedures
and safety.  FAIC reserves the right to cancel the registration and
make a refund to those not meeting these requirements. Information
regarding inexpensive housing options will be sent to approved
participants. Registration fee: $450 for AIC members; $550
non-members.  (Fee includes lunch).

Course description: "Identifying Historic Paint Colors and Schemes
by Making 'Exposures' on Walls" is designed for conservators,
students, and allied professionals who work in historic houses.
"Exposures" are made by carefully scraping or dissolving paint
layers, one by one, revealing earlier finish layers; cross-section
microscopy of extracted paint samples is used to assist in the
process. This workshop will present the materials and techniques
used for making exposures.  Paint types and history of use,
solubility of aged paints, preparing for paint-study field work, and
identifying chemical and lead-paint hazards will also be discussed.
The sharing of knowledge between and among instructors and
participants will be encouraged.

The workshop will be held in Bethesda Church, part of the Hopewell
Furnace National Historic Site in Birdsboro, PA. The church,
constructed in 1782, offers a rich opportunity to study historic
finishes. Recent paint loss has revealed a decorative scheme
depicting marbleized panels and moldings that most likely dates to
the late-19th century or early-20th century. Bethesda Church is
located in the rural countryside and has no running water; in
addition to learning about making exposures, participants will learn
about working in a remote location with limited amenities.

The workshop will take place over four days:

    Thursday, May 16, 2013
    (evening session)           Travel to site in evening, dinner
                                and participant introductions

    Friday, May 17, 2013        Introduction to site, site safety
                                review, hands-on work, lectures:
                                types of paints and paint removal

    Saturday, May 18, 2013      Hands-on work, gel making
                                demonstration, lectures:
                                cross-section microscopy and case

    Sunday, May 19, 2013
    (ending at 12:30 pm):       Continuation of exposure techniques;
                                presentations by participants,
                                wrap-up and travel home


    Participants will have a better understanding of the range of
    materials and techniques available for making exposures on
    architectural surfaces.

    Participants will improve their paint-removal techniques with
    guidance and practice.


    Judy Jacob
    National Park Service

    Kirsten Travers
    Conservator and Paint Analyst

For more information, contact:

    Abigail Choudhury
    Development and Education Coordinator
    Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of
        Historic and Artistic Works
    1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
    Washington, DC 20005
    Fax: 202-452-9328

                  Conservation DistList Instance 26:40
                   Distributed: Monday, March 4, 2013
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Received on Tuesday, 26 February, 2013

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