Materials, methods and meaning: the art and science of conservation

elivered as a taster day in the gallery or as outreach, maximum group size 20

(Key Stage 4 and 5)

This innovative new strand of the Gallery learning programme combines art, science and art history to give students insight into the fascinating world of paintings conservation.  Through workshops and seminars students will discover how science can reveal hidden secrets about paintings.  Participants will gain insight into conservation practice, explore the secret lives of paintings in the gallery through infra-red and x-ray images and try their hand at painting medieval style using pigments and egg tempera.

Sessions can be delivered over a full ‘taster day’ at The Courtauld Gallery or in school or college following an initial gallery visit depending on your timetable.

Students from St Dominic’s Sixth Form College who attended a pilot taster day in March evaluated the experience very highly, all rating the day as ‘very good’ (top score) on their evaluation forms.  Comments on the day’s activities included:

 “It gives a deep insight into how the artists constructed their work and how the technique affects the final project.”

“It made history of art more interesting.  I’ve never seen conservation as an interesting subject but looking into it you gain a lot more knowledge of paintings at the time.”

Programme Launches in Autumn Term 2013. 

For further information or to make a booking email


This project is available free of charge to non-selective state schools in London with a high percentage of free school meals.