Courses and Programs
MAS offers a range of learning opportunities. We design our training and resources to support museum staff and volunteers of all kinds, from board members to student workers, and from emerging to established professionals.
Our courses are open to everyone—no membership is required! Our instructors are experts in their fields, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to do your job better.
In addition to our Certificate In Community Museum Studies Program, we also offer Special Topics Courses throughout the year. Below is a list of our upcoming courses - note that dates are subject to change.
You may register online for any course offered below.
Request a Course! Does the course you want just never seem to be offered in a place you can get to it? Now’s your chance to request particular courses and locations for next sessions offerings. Just fill out the Request a Course Form. Deadline to submit for the Spring course session is January 1 and the deadline for the Fall course session is June 1. Questions? Contact Dan at email@example.com.
Works of Art on Paper Webinars
This 4-part webinar series from the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) is an introduction to the identification and care of works of art on paper. Each session will work through background information and case studies, looking for key features to help identify the materials used to make works of art on paper, as well as the sources of past damage. Examination with low-tech tools (transmitted light, raking light, UV flashlights and low-powered magnification) and basic documentation procedures will be discussed.
The first three sessions will occur on February 22, 23 & 24th from 10am - 12pm CST via Zoom. The final open discussion/Q&A sessions will occur on either March 4 or 5 in smaller breakout group to easier facilitate dialogue and questions from participants.
Attendees must have:
● Computer with an active internet connection, and web browser
● Any plug-in necessary to access videoconferencing service
● Microphone and speakers (internally in computer, or external)
If you are interested in participating but do not meet the requirements above, please contact Em Ironstar at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306-550-3463.
Upon completion of this webinar series, participants will be able to:
- Identify common attributes of paper and drawing, painting and printing media
- Link common types of damage to the underlying agents of deterioration
- Carry out examination and documentation in the form of a simple condition report
- Develop basic preventive conservation strategies to limit damage, particularly during examination, storage and display
- Choose materials for a range of exhibition and display options
Session 1: Identifying Common Media
This first webinar will cover some of the common artist materials used to make works of art on paper, touching on drawing media, painting media and printing inks.
The focus will be on identifying problematic media – the kinds of media that can significantly alter decisions on how you care for your collections:
- Transition metal media
- Particularly light sensitive media
- Friable, powdery media
- Highly water sensitive media
The final emphasis of this first session will be an introduction to identifying (and preventing) common types of damage to media.
Session 2: Identifying Paper Attributes
How do we describe paper? What do we see when we look at a sheet? What evidence of manufacture or symptoms of deterioration are visible?
The second webinar will move from the media to the paper support below. It will provide an introduction to the myriad of paper types and the ways we can look at them and describe what we see. Attributes that contribute to the longevity of paper objects, or that add to their inherent vice will be discussed, as will the preservation strategies that can help extend their lifespan.
Low-tech tools for looking at paper (transmitted light, raking light, and low-powered magnification) will be explored.
Session 3: Storage and Mounting Solutions
Having been introduced to the basics of media and paper identification and damage, strategies for storage and exhibition will provide participants with ideas for their collections.
A brief overview of selecting storage and display materials will touch on paper, boards, plastic sheet materials and adhesives. An open discussion on local and national suppliers, as well as the kinds of questions to ask of non-specialty shops can help participants know where to start sourcing some of the necessary materials.
The storage section will touch on oversized, vertical, horizontal and rolled format options.
A section on exhibition mounting will review both more traditional adhesive and non-adhesive matting and framing techniques, as well as discussing case studies of paper-based ephemera and contemporary art with mounting solutions beyond the frame. The importance of rotation for paper-based objects on display will be emphasised.
Session 4: Open Discussion
Finally, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss specific problematic circumstances unique to their works of art on paper items or collections. Questions will be open and not limited to the material covered during the first three webinars.
$30 (Members), $30 (Non-Members), $30 (Students)