Italy Summer Art Conservation Workshops

Location: Altamura - Gravina in Puglia, BA, IT

Season: July 6, 2024 to August 10, 2024

Session Dates: 2024 Course 1: July 6 – 20, 2024 Course2: July 27 – August 10, 2024

Application Deadline: June 15, 2024

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Project Director:
Tonio Creanza

Project Description:

The Messors organization is offering a cultural heritage conservation course regarding Frescoes and Fine Art located in the rich cultural and historical setting of Southern Italy. The Frescoes are part of the rupestrian settlements (underground habitations) located in the Alta Murgia area in the Puglia region of Italy. Paintings on Canvas are part of private collections. A fresco-making session will concentrate on the principles and chemistry of the technique and learning how to create decorative patterns and paintings using natural materials such as lime-based mortars and pigments. The workshop provides a practical focus, allowing students ample opportunity for participation in conservation procedures and restoration techniques. Seminars in Art History, Geomorphological Studies and Religious Iconography and Rituals complement the courses. The course also includes several site visits, including visits to Sassi of Matera (Unesco World Heritage site), a visit to the rupestrian churches and museums; two-day trip visit to Pompeii and Naples.

Tonio Creanza, director of Messors, leads the courses; guest lectures and hands-on works sessions will be given by restorer Filip Petcu (Faculty of Arts, Conservation and Restoration Department, University of Timisoara – Romania) and conservator Joana Diniz.

Period(s) of Occupation: 14th - 18th century

The programs are a "hands-on" opportunity to learn about art restoration and history.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: full session

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: Enthusiasm for learning and sharing a sustainable approach to art, culture, and life. No prerequisites required. This is a hands-on and in-situ workshop to complement studies in the fields of conservation, arts, history & anthropology, archaeology etc. It is open to students, as well as to those keen on understanding the processes of restoration & preservation of art and cultural heritage. We remind applicants that works-of-art and historical sites that are worked on are part of the National Italian Cultural Patrimony and are to be treated with care and attention. Any practical intervention and actions while learning are under supervision and guidance. The nature of the activities in this workshop involves handling tools like scalpels, chisels, fine motor skills and operating in a low lighting environment in the cave sites.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Shared room occupancy accommodation 3 meals per day (exception of 4 dinners and 3 lunches). Transportation from an to Bari airport (BRI) and field trips. Cost: approx $1900 USD per week (see brochure for details).

Contact Information:

Tonio Creanza

Phone: +1 604 618 8449

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