Object and materials conservation

Filling and Retouching of 3D Objects with Sasa Kosinova and Stig Evans

Ref: OM1703



The course is intended primarily as a review of current conservation practices related to filling and retouching of three-dimensional objects, such as sculpture and architectural elements. It comprises lectures, demonstrations, practical sessions and relevant case studies, concentrating on traditional materials such as stone, wood, plaster, terracotta, lime and sand-based techniques, and a wide range of polychrome. It does not cover metals, ceramics, glass and some modern materials, such as plastics. Practical sessions are divided into six units, which cover an overview of conservation techniques and materials, traditional and modern, as applicable to painted and non-painted artworks. The emphasis will be on fillers, grounds, paints and protective coatings. Compatibility of original and conservation materials will be discussed, leading to well informed choice of methodologies and treatments. Related theoretical subjects, such as ethics, chemistry, colour theory and analytical techniques will be mentioned but, due to time constraints, not covered in depth. A broad range of practical exercises will be available to all participants, who will also be encouraged to contribute and discuss their own experiences in the form of short presentations. The course leaders are conservators with many years of experience as practitioners and tutors in their specialisms, both in museums and in private practice. The participants will need to bring a set of personal conservation hand tools and a set of retouching brushes. Materials for the practical part of the course will be provided. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk


Sasa Kosinova

OMC Course Leader

Alexandra (Sasa) Kosinova is an ICON accredited sculpture and wallpaintings conservator with 30 years of experience.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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