The Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History (STITAH) is an intensive week-long professional development program for art history faculty from universities across North America. The result of collaborative efforts between the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts (New York University), the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) and Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), and the Kress Foundation, the course alternates between the Conservation Center and Yale University. Local conservators, conservation scientists and curators, along with featured guest lecturers from peer institutions, both national and international, present case studies in technical art history and lead practical sessions that allow participants to closely observe original works of art, both in the gallery as well as the conservation laboratory. Hands-on studio exercises replicate traditional artists’ studio practices and demonstrations of analytical equipment illustrate how technical studies might inform art historical research. Professional discussions and informal conversations about all topics covered are encouraged throughout, and post-course support is offered through case studies adapted expressly for the STITAH participants, for their own classroom use. Please see Past Institutes for descriptions of prior years’ STITAHs.


Summer Teachers Institute In Technical Art History

“Learning through Replication” July 30-August 3, 2018 The theme for the 2018 Summer Institute in Technical Art History (STITAH) is “Learning through Replication.” This year’s STITAH will facilitate a general introduction to historical and contemporary art-making techniques while promoting discussion among participants on the technical study of objects and their states of condition. The program will build upon first-hand craft knowledge towards a holistic understanding of material degradation and preservation. Studio sessions on colorant and ink-making as well as carving and painting in various mediums will enable participants to apply this hands-on knowledge towards the critical assessment of museum objects and to see through layers of degradation and restoration. Meanwhile, methods of technical study—from close looking to low-tech and state-of-the-art equipment—will be implemented by the group to explore the potential and application of specific analytical tools in collections research.