Art Restoration and Conservation Workshops

Art Restoration & Conservation Workshops


June 11 - 28, 2015
18-day workshop
* Includes arrival and departure dates

The workshop will include the practices of conservation and restoration of fresco, canvas and statues (wood, papier-mache, etc.). The session will begin with an introduction, practical hands-on experience, excursions and lectures. After introductions which are common to all areas, participants may choose a specific area of focus.

There are no prerequisites required to participate to our workshops.

The frescoes that will be worked on and studied are part of the rupestral settlements (underground habitations) located in the Alta Murgia area.

Statues and canvases are provided by local churches and private collections and will be worked on onsite at Masseria La Selva. 

The session provides a practical focus, allowing students ample opportunity for participation in restoration technique and creation ex-novo. The workshops are complimented by seminars in Art History, Geomorphological Studies and Religious Iconography and Rituals. The courses also include several site visits, including visits to Sassi of Matera (Unesco World Heritage site), the Rupestral Churches Park, museums and art exhibitions. The workshops are led by Tonio Creanza, director of Messors, and Sinergie Co-op per Servizi Beni Culturali and visiting guest lecturers. 


Common to all areas of workshops will include:
  • Overview of the historical eras (prehistoric, roman, medieval, modern) and their related artistic currents
  • Introduction to the history of Italian art and, specifically, the arts in the Alta Murgia region
  • Iconography
  • Geology and traditional natural materials used in antique arts and decoration
  • Physics and chemistry as they are applied during the scientific research and restoration processes
  • Preliminary techniques in the conservation process
  • Analysis of the pictorial pigments and structures
  • Common types of degradation and alteration
  • Planning restoration and conservation projects
  • Laboratory: practical restoration work


Walking tour of centro storico Altamura, Museums .
Rupestral churches of Matera and the Museum of Art Palazzo Lanfranchi.
Restoration lab Soprintendenza dei Beni Artistici e Storici, Matera. 
Day trip to Pompeii.
Tour of Gravina underground and Civic Museum Foundation "E Pomarici – Santomasi".
Metaponto beach and museums


18-day workshop fee: €2,450 EUR

Includes: accommodation, meals, transportation from and to Bari Airport or main Train Station and field trips, tuition and lectures, guided tours, entrance fees to art exhibitions, museums and archeological parks.

Does not include: personal costs such as airfare, train fare, health insurance or spending money.