After over two decades of traveling through the world’s most famous art collections and museums, it is a pleasure to teach students art history. In class, students will learn about art history through a timeline but also ask the bigger questions that address the human need to create. Additionally, students will learn about the civilizations that influenced art pieces and the backstories of the world’s most famous art. Students will be given opportunities to enjoy hands on learning through related art pieces and restoration projects inspired by my time at Iklaina Field School in Greece. These archaeology-based lessons on restoration directly apply to processes used in actual museums.
What Happens in Class...
Mock Fesco Restoration Lesson
Students will be given partial pieces of a reproduced work of art. They will sort out their pieces and try to figure out what the image may have been. They will determine the size of the original piece and then put the pieces together like a jigsaw without seeing the original art. Student’s will then glue down their pieces, and try to draw in what they think is missing from the artwork. Once they are satisfied, they will choose a medium that they think best suits the image and begin the process of restoration. Students will be shown the original artwork once their restoration is complete. This lesson is inspired by what I saw at the lab at field school.
Above: Yi Ting's Restoration project. You can see the photocopied pieces of the original artwork within her drawing.
Below: The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton, 1901. The original work of art.