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San Gemini Preservation Studies

Study Historic Preservation and Conservation in Italy

May 28 - August 3, 2018

San Gemini, Italy

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Deadline for applying is extended to April 15, 2018.

San Gemini Preservation Studies is a summer field school, now in its 19th year, that organizes lectures, research, fieldwork, workshops and fieldtrips in the disciplines of historic preservation, restoration and conservation. It is located in Central Italy in the city of San Gemini.

These programs focus on the study of: historic buildings preservation, traditional forms of painting, conservation of archaeological ceramics, the restoration of books and paper in archival material. The various field projects include: documentation and restoration of medieval public buildings in San Gemini, the archaeological excavation in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae, as well as conservation work on the local historic archives.

The program is a collaboration between scholars from various universities and local preservation groups, fostering a multidisciplinary approach to historic preservation. All academic activities are held in English.

San Gemini Preservation Studies is a series of courses, field projects and tours aimed at fostering the preservation of cultural heritage. The program offers students both theoretical knowledge in the class- room and hands-on skills on field projects and workshops.

Session 1: May 28 – June 22

• Introduction to Historic Masonry Building Restoration in Italy
• Freehand Drawing and Analysis of Historic Buildings
• Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics
• Introduction to the Craft and the Restoration of Book Bindings

Intersession: June 24 – July 3

• Field Trip – Siena, Florence and Rome

Session 2: July 9 – August 3

• Introduction to the Restoration of Paper in Books and Documents • Traditional Italian Painting Techniques
• Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy
• Carsulae: Architectural and Structural Survey of Roman Baths

Ongoing Field Projects:

• Restoring the Facade of the oratory of San Carlo (13th. C.) • San Gemini & Narni Historic Archives Project
• Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics from Carsulae
• Carsulae: Archaeological Excavation of the Roman Baths

Contact: Polly Withers

International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies

pwithers@iirpsemail.org US Tel. 718-768-3508

Benefit from our discount on multiple program fees. Apply for 2 programs we will deduct 10% from your 2nd tuition fee.

Tuition to programs A, B, C, D and E includes:
Academic costs for the equivalent of 6 units, transportation during academic field trips within Italy that are part of that course, materials and tools**, buffet reception, welcome packet, and final dinner.

Tuition for the Intersession Field Trip to Siena, Florence and Rome includes:
Academic costs, transportation, hotel accommodations and breakfast, museum tickets when part of organized academic tours, academic handouts and final dinner.  This trip is optional and not part of regular programs; students must enroll and pay for this program separately. Tuition does not include: Airfare to Italy, food, required insurance.

Basic tuition:

Program A  –  6 units (4 weeks) $3,300

Program B  –  6 units (4 weeks) $3,300

Program C  –  6 units (4 weeks) $3,300

Program D  –  6 units (4 weeks) $3,300

Program E  –  6 units (4 weeks) $3,300

Intersession Trip to Siena, Florence and Rome – 1 unit* (10 days)  $2,000

Note on credit:

– The “units” above are not University or College credits but are the equivalent in student work.
– Students getting credit from their own university for participation in our programs may have extra fees to pay directly to the crediting institution.

Other Fees:

  • Application fee $50
  • Housing $600
  • Mandatory Health insurance $51/ Month (students age 18-25; students above age 25 will cost more). 2 months will be necessary if participating in the Intersession Field Trip***. 3 months will be necessary if participating in two programs.

Total Costs (excluding airfare, food and insurance):

One program = US$3,950

One program + Intersession Field Trip in Italy = US$5,950

Two programs + Intersession Field Trip in Italy = US$9,570 (includes 10% deduction on 2nd program tuition fees)

Food: Food is not provided in San Gemini. Students will have kitchens available where they can prepare their own meals. Students can expect food cost to range from $7 to $75 dollars per day and have the following options:

  • Cook their own meals ($7 to $15 per day),
  • Local restaurants and pizzerias ($10 to $30 per meal).

* All fees must be received in US dollars. Wire transfers must include an extra US$15.00 to cover bank fees. It is very unlikely, but costs may vary from this estimate according to enrollment, currency fluctuations, or changes in prices. Final costs can be confirmed after March 15th, 2018.

** Personal tools: (SGPS does not provide personal tools to students) work gloves, safety boots, safety glasses, computer laptops or cameras. Please check the requirements of each course.

*** Mandatory Health Insurance is not included in the program fees. SGPS coordinates this coverage through CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International).

Receiving credit from your university may involve extra fees, please check with your advisors.

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May 28, 2018
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Polly Withers


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