First Workshop open for Bookings: 22nd – 23rd September
by Christabel Blackman (Masters Degree in Science in Conservation of Cultural Materials).
“Being an artist and not knowing how to mix and apply varnishes is akin to living on take-away food”.
The workshop will consist of various lectures and power-point presentations to facilitate the understanding of varnishes in both theory and practice. The purpose of the workshop is to enable professional artists to learn how to prepare their own varnishes, and how they can be tailored to their own particular needs. It will enable the participant to be capable of fabricating the varnish from prime ingredients. It will furthermore teach the participant to apply the varnish in a manner that will achieve the desired effect.
History of Varnishes and their usage, with particular focus on the field of easel paintings or polychromed objects.
Basic chemistry notions about natural resins, polymers and the innovative low molecular weight varnishes; free radicals and stabilizers; waxes, rubbers and other additives; principles of oxidation and solvents.
Health and Studio Safety; different parameters of toxicity of solvents, volatility, concentrations and protective measures.
Elaboration and preparation of different types of varnishes: sunbleached shellac, low molecular weight polymer resin (regalrez 1094), natural dammar resin and paraloid B72. Questions and Answers.
Brief studies of light incidence refraction principles. Varnishes and their application potential and praxis.
Different methods of application; spraying techniques, brushing, rubbing, heating, etc.
Study of different types of additives and their physical and chemical makeup.
Outline and demonstrations of different types of applications to achieve different effects.
Questions and Answers.
Christabel Blackman is an internationally acclaimed expert in Conservation Techniques and Theory. Her work on the practical side of investigation into the use of varnishes in the workshop or studio has been popularly received from all corners of the earth. With over thirty years of experience in conservation practice, she has accumulated an enormous amount of knowledge about the chemistry, usage and application of varnishes. She has experimented widely with the use of innovative low molecular weight varnishes and their use in the artist’s studio. She has lectured about varnishes in both Spanish and English internationally. She has also published several congress papers and articles on varnishes.
The workshop will be held at the Culture at Work Studio in Pyrmont, Sydney.
The Cost of the two day workshop is $495.00
All inquiries, please contact
Christabel 0450 627 916