What We Do

We offer professional workshops and master classes in art conservation and restoration technologies. The classes are open to those who want to get acquainted with the main processes of art conservation and pick up the skills of restoration mastery. Participants will gain practical knowledge of essential conservation and restoration concepts.

The workshops and master classes are usually held in August and September at our studio in The Catskill Mountains (southeastern New York State). We are located in a picturesque place near the Hudson River School Art Trail, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill village, plus sites like Kaaterskill Falls and Sunset Rock, which inspired 19th-century landscape painters; to the Olana Museum, home of Frederic Church.


Oil Painting Restoration

21-26 September 2020

This six-day course will provide an introduction to oil painting restoration. Topics will include:

  • Introduction to the Care of Paintings
  • Ultraviolet Light Inspection
  • Oil Painting Cleaning. Methods and Technology
  • Repairing old canvases that have holes, tears, scratches, peeling on the painting's surface
  • Lining Technologies: Cold and Hot Table lining, BIVA materials.
  • Re-touching and inpainting
  • Varnishing

The workshop will consist of hands-on laboratory practice with professional conservators to familiarize participants with current methodologies.

Registration for Workshop

Enrollment is limited to ten participants for all six days.

Master Classes

  • Fundamental Processes of Painting
  • Conservation and Restoration.
  • Religious Icon Restoration.
  • Antique and Fine Furniture Restoration.
  • Antique Frames Restoration


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Meet Instructors and Local Hosts

Ekaterina Khromin

Ekaterina Khromin is fine art restorer with 30 years’ experience in art conservation and restoration field. She is graduate of The Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg Russia. She participated in many museum conservation projects in Russia and USA. Throughout her creative life, she combines an artist's career and restoration business. She is a member of the Woodstock Artists Association and National Museums of Women in the Art, her paintings are in the is Mead Art Museum MA.

Gennadiy Pakhomov

Gennadiy Pakhomov is professional art conservator. He was born and educated in Russia, trained in the main conservation and restoration centers as Grabar Art Conservation Centre (Moscow, Russia), Hermitage Museum, 20 years worked for Rostov Art Conservation Laboratory. He has more than 20 years experience providing conservation and restoration services for public and private clients in the USA. He specializes is oil and tempera painting and antique furniture.