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Art Restorer

Overview: These artists restore frescoes, damaged & faded paintings using solvents to clean artworks. They artistically retouch to restore the painting. They study style, techniques, colors and textures used by the original artist and decide upon best technical approach to preserve the original artwork.
Duties: Analyze the painting to be restored by assessing the kinds of damage or deterioration that occurred and their causes. Study the artist's style, techniques, paint materials and surface used.

They decide upon the methods for restoring the painting or fresco such as the use of solvents to remove dirt and protective varnishes previously applied.

They experiment with the procedures to be used by trying out the solvents and cleaners on a hidden or obscure area of the painting.

Depending upon a painting's value, they may use touch-up paints to fill in small areas where paint has flaked off. They decide how to protect paintings from future damage.

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
Job Outlook: Employment of art restorers is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 due to the fact that there are very few jobs available in that field.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $33,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Those persons aspiring to be a paintings restorer or conservator should work for a bachelor's or master's degree in art history and art conservation. In addition, there are specialized training schools for art restoration and conservation that include organic chemistry courses that examine the variety of art materials and techniques used throughout the centuries.
Recommended Skills:
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Performing routine maintenance and/or repairs on equipment using the appropriate tools.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.