Learn with us. Training at CHSOS Studio, Italy

We just delivered the December 2017 Training program focused on Paintings at CHSOS Studio in Italy (click to see the list of former students). We had two guests, Serena Urry, Chief Conservator at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Julia Betancourt, director of the Conservation Studio Arty in Madrid. During our Training programs, students practice the equipment and become able to produce and interpret all the set of output data. The first-day we use our Technical Photography kit to become able to realize this set of Technical Photography images. On the second day, we explore Infrared Reflectography, RTI and Reflectance spectroscopy using Gorgias, our Reflectance Spectrometer for Art examination. Eventually, the Third day is about Multispectral Imaging, using Antonello, the MSI system and for a final review and consolidation of all the methods.

Training at CHSOS Studio in Italy – 2018 Calendar  

Participate in our Training programs organized in the CHSOS Studio in Italy. Our Training courses are aimed at art conservation professionals that want to add new technical examination tools to their skills. We cover Technical Photography, Infrared Reflectography, Reflectance spectroscopy, RTI and Multispectral Imaging.

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Choose your field of application. Are you a painting conservator? a paper conservator? Do you do documentation of wall paintings? In order to serve specific professional needs, our upcoming programs are focused on the 3 more common kinds of cultural objects: wall paintings, manuscripts, paintings. These programs present the same set of technical examination methods but focused on different artifacts. For example, Infrared photography can be applied successfully on wall paintings as well as on manuscripts. Though, the information gained from these different objects, as well as the equipment used would be quite different. Thus the need to offer focused programs, to gather together professionals involved in different art conservation sectors.

2018 Scheduled Training programs at CHSOS Studio in Italy

  • Training focused on wall paintings March 27-30 2018. Early bird registration deadline January 31st.
  • Training focused on manuscripts May 22-25 2018. Early bird registration deadline March 31st.
  • Summer Students Training, September 4-7 2018 . Early bird registration deadline June 30th.
  • Training focused on paintings  December 11-14 2018. Early bird registration deadline October 31st.

If these dates do not fit your needs, you can request a  Training program for you on your preferred dates in our studio in Italy. Contact us for info.


Title: Practical methods for Art Examination
Available Seats: max 5 participants
Location: CHSOS Studio, address:  via Matrice, 4, Viagrande 95029, Italy. We are 30 min­utes from Cata­nia Air­port (CTA) with direct flights to European main cities.
Travel. Contact us for info how to reach the CHSOS studio. We suggest to flight to Catania (CTA) airport, 30 minutes driving to the studio.
Timetable. Classes are held in the morning 9AM-1PM (4 hours) and in the afternoon 4PM-6PM (2 hours).
Accommodation. There are some good B&B in Viagrande. I suggest you book one of these located in downtown Viagrande, walking distance from our Studio (via matrice, 4, Viagrande).  Some suggestions: Casa Vacanza La Palma     VELARDI B&B  Casa Vacanza Al Nespolo    B&B Suite  IL B&B Maison Graziella
Eat. Food in Sicily is generally excellent. There are plenty of places to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at walking distance from our Studio.


Register to the training program of your choice. You will receive an automatic reply confirming we have received your request and then you will receive our email confirming you have been accepted. You can then proceed to pay your fee to finalize your registration.

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Early bird Fee: 990 €

Fee: 1390 €


Q. The scheduled dates for the Training programs do not work for me. Can I request a Training on different dates? How much will the fee be?
A. Yes, you can contact us and activate a Training on dates fitting your specific dates by paying the full 3-days Training fee. Contact us for details.


1st Day. Technical Photography (TP)
Technical Photography represents a collection of broadband spectral images realized with a modified full spectrum digital camera and different lighting sources and filters. We will practice hands-on shooting and editing for these technical photos:
VIS, Vis­i­ble
RAKRak­ing light Photography
UVF, Ultra­vi­o­let Flu­o­res­cence Photography
UVR, Ultra­vi­o­let Reflected Photography
IR, Infrared Photography
IRT, Infrared Trans­mit­ted Photography
IRF, Infrared Flu­o­res­cence Photography
IRFC, Infrared False Color Photography

2nd Day. Infrared Reflectography (IRR), Reflectance Spectroscopy (RS), Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI
Infrared Reflectography allows to identify underdrawing and pentimenti. We coupled it with the panoramic method in order to acquire infrared reflectograms with a fast and lightwiegth set up.
Reflectance Spectroscopy (RS) shows, for each wavelength, the ratio between the intensity of the reflected light and the incident light, measured with respect to a standard white reference (reflectance). Reflectance spectra provide information useful for the identification of pigments.
Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) is a computational photographic technique and it is used in a number of fields related to art examination and documentation because it provides a virtual and enhanced visualization of an object’s surface.

3rd Day. Multispectral Imaging (MSI)
Multispectral Imaging (MSI) is used to map and tentatively identify pigments and in paints on works of art. It is also useful to visually enhance old and faded documents. Thanks to the first crowdfunded research in art conservation science, CHSOS has developed an MSI system using 18 bandpass filter and a full spectrum digital camera that covers the 400-920 nm spectral range.
Shooting spectral images.
Splitting spectral images into RGB channels.
Registering spectral images.
Calibrating spectral images.
Spectra reconstruction and mapping.

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