First Year

Practicing wet recovery of cellulose acetate film with Debbie Hess Norris during photo block (credit: Yan Ling Choi)

Melissa’s first year (2017-2018) at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation provided an excellent grounding in core conservation philosophy and techniques, as well as an exhaustive overview of material specialties. The coursework included:

  • General and applied science courses taught by Richard Wolbers
  • Microscopy (fiber analysis, pigment identification, cross-section analysis, and fluorescence microscopy)
  • Photodocumentation (visible, UV Innovations, infrared reflectography, x-radiography)
  • Field trips to museums, allied businesses, and artist studios
  • Three-to-four week “blocks” of intensive training in the following specialties:
    • textiles
    • paper
    • organic objects
    • wooden artifacts
    • photographs
    • library & archives
    • paintings
    • inorganic objects
    • preventive conservation

Report Writing

Melissa was responsible for writing in-depth conservation reports for each specialty-specific course during her first year at Winterthur. These reports required close examination and identification of the objects using various analytical techniques, visual condition documentation, historical research, color-corrected photography, and communication with curators and conservators. Click the titles next to the object images below to see examples of some of these reports: