Janet Hessling has long experience teaching museum professionals about conservation, care, and handling of art and historic artifacts. From short lectures to multi-day seminars, she can help our staff and volunteers learn how to provide the best possible care to your collection, make use of existing facilities, and employing economical yet appropriate materials and procedures.
Programs can also be customized for special audiences such as museum board members, patrons, and groups such as college and university students of art history and museum studies.
HANDLE WITH CARE: COLLECTION CARE BASICS
A 45 minute introductory discussion with museum staff, volunteers, docents, this program describes the needs of many types of objects on display and in storage, housekeeping, art handling, climate control, development of staff and volunteer routines for climate monitoring and other care issues.
DEVELOPING A COLLECTIONS CARE PLAN
Half-day workshop for museum staff, volunteers, and board members. Describes the process from self-evaluation through working with a conservator during on-site surveys of collections and facilities, grantsmanship, implementing survey recommendations, and security issues.
HANDS ON THE COLLECTION
Day-long workshop for staff and volunteers. Can include examining and documenting the condition of objects; conservation framing of paintings and flat paper; designing storage for diverse collections; safety on exhibition, in transit, and in storage; instructing visitors about safety and conservation; security basics. Can be customized to suit individual needs.
DISASTER PLANNING AND POLICY
Day-long workshop for museum staff, volunteers, and board members. Describes possible disasters and emergencies, how to develop a plan to cope when disaster strikes, how to involve staff and volunteers in the plan and working with a conservator.
LOOKING AT PICTURES: TECHNICAL EXAMINATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF MATERIALS AND CONDITION
A short intensive course for professionals such as auctioneers, appraisers, curators, and serious collectors. Three slide-illustrated lectures and discussion; demonstration of various optical techniques including normal light, magnification, and ultraviolet; methods of documentation; and safety in framing, handling, and shipping works of art.
Study of the construction methods of different artistic periods and schools of European and American art will give the student a working knowledge to aid in identifying the materials and techniques of paintings. We will also discuss condition, including evidence of the natural aging of paintings and the influence of restoration and conservation. The student's basic knowledge of art history is assumed.