Art Conservation Courses


Professor Doehne testing a painting for forgery

Two new courses in art conservation were offered in the fall by Dr. Eric Doehne, a materials scientist and consultant specializing in the analysis and conservation of historic stone, concrete, glass, pigments and ceramics. In addition to teaching at Scripps, Dr. Doehne is the Chaire Internationale at the University of Cergy Pontoise for the project.

MRI study of St. Michael statue


Global Tourism and Preservation Technology (ARCN120, Monday, 2:45-5:30 p.m.): International tourism has increased fortyfold over the past 60 years, straining limited resources and causing damage at some popular museums, archeological sites and world heritage sites. This course reviews interdisciplinary efforts to prevent future loss of world cultural heritage through innovative preservation technologies and the reactivation of ancient technologies.



Students repair pots and make paint

Artists’ Materials—Ancient and Modern (ARCN 10, Monday, Wednesday, 12:00-1:10 p.m.): This interdisciplinary course focuses on artists’ materials and the intersection of modern materials science and art conservation. The discovery, invention and use of new materials and technologies traces back in time from today’s modern allows and high-strength concrete to carved stone and the red and yellow ochre, black manganese oxide and charcoal pigments used in Paleolithic cave paintings.  This course provides an understanding of materials such as stone, plastic and paint, in the context of creative and scientific questions that currently confront artists, curators, conservators and scientists:  What materials are most vulnerable and why? What lessons in sustainability can we craw from ancient and modern materials?

These courses have no prerequisites (submit PERM for admission)