This is a course in paint materials identification for conservation professionals in paintings and architecture. The focus of this course is the identification of pigments using polarized light microscopy (PLM). A practical introduction to PLM methods is taught using many examples from the world of pigments. A more thorough treatment of PLM theory and principles is covered in the Polarized Light Microscopy course.
This course also introduces students to other analytical methods used as confirmatory methods; these include microchemical methods, elemental characterization using XRF or SEM/EDS, Raman, and infrared spectroscopy. Students examine and sample paintings and architectural artifacts, prepare specimens for analysis, perform PLM analysis, and direct or perform further confirmatory analyses. Methods for characterization of binding media and support canvas materials are also discussed.
See below for course outline and additional information.
Everyone with the need for problem solving using polarized light microscopy, including:
“This was a thoroughly enjoyable course and I am thrilled I could take it. I learned a lot about all the different pigments, papers/fibers and the difference between the many analyses.”
“The various samples/specimens provided at the end of the course allowed us to apply immediately what we learned, and this was a very good way to validate and reinforce the concepts we learned.”
Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. In addition, the students are required to have 100% attendance during the course, participate in class, complete a student evaluation form and pre and post course assessment forms.
The student is notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:
Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.