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courses and workshops

planning restoration

The Permanent School of Living, in collaboration with RestArt, presents a workshop on the direct and analytical observation of preservation issues with the aim of planning a specific project for the restoration of the church of Sant’Agostino in Montalcino.

Experience in designing a restoration project
OCRA Officina Creativa dell’Abitare
Via Boldrini 4, Montalcino (SI), Italy
09-10 October 2015

The workshop
By directly visiting the restoration site with the wall paintings of the Church of Sant’Agostino in Montalcino (14th and 15th centuries), under the direction of the teachers, the students will have the opportunity to directly and analytically observe preservation issues, so that they can then plan a specific project for the restoration work. The main objective is to let students create a project by leveraging on the specific training acquired, so that they learn to deal with an actual restoration site.


09:00 a.m. Presentation of the workshop and the working group.
09:30 a.m. Visit to the restoration site in the church of Sant’Agostino in Montalcino.
10:30 a.m. Analysis of the contents of the restoration project, historical analysis, critical analysis of the relationship between the original paintings and restoration works carried out in the past, degradation analysis. Identification of technical issues and lines of action. Definition of the operational phases.
1:00 p.m. Lunch break.
2:00 p.m. Students are divided into working groups.
2:30 p.m. (on site) Analysis of the site as an example of restoration work, analysis of the choices made, of the lines of action chosen and of the operational phases. Photographs are taken of the site and the wall frescoes.

09:00 a.m. (in the workshop) Simulation of a restoration project, with students putting their acquired knowledge into practice in the workshop project, with the aim of planning a restoration project with the help of the teachers.
1:00 p.m. Lunch break.
2:00 p.m. Planning workshop.
4:00 p.m. Presentation, comparison and discussion of the projects and conclusion of the workshop.