Materials and Techniques of the Visual Arts, Archeometrics and Archaeology of Buildings

larke1235  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Materials and Techniques of the Visual Arts, Archeometrics and Archaeology of Buildings
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Bragard Philippe;
Main themes
In this course students are introduced to archaeological and plastic art objects made from the materials most commonly used in artistic creation (such as stone, clay, metal, wood and glass) from the Middle Ages up to the 20th century.
They will examine the physical properties of these materials, the initial phases of the creative process and the process of production, the order in which these are studied depending on the particular learning objectives of the group.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

This course is intended to introduce students to the history of technology and its links with Art and Archaeology (historiography). Students will learn a general methodology for analyzing textual sources and literary and monumental archives.
They will also learn how to observe, analyse and describe objects, from the raw material stage to the process of production, passing through the initial phases of creation. Students are also taught the basics of archaeometry and of building archeology.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Students will learn how to identify the materials and the physical evidence of the initial phase of the creative cycle and the tools used and thus gain an understanding of the main processes behind the creation of Plastic Artwork (Drawing, painting, sculpture). Further will be studied built structures or vestiges which depend on methods and problematics based on the technical observation of the materials used, worked and assembled, and styles.
Methodology requiring a practice-based field approach: mandatory visits, varying on a yearly basis, related to teaching activities.
Teaching methods
Class with PowerPoint, visits.
Evaluation methods
Oral exams, abstract of readings and visits.
  • SCHULLER, M., Building Archaeology, collection Monuments and Sites, VII, Paris, Icomos, 2002
  • FUGA, A., Techniques et matériaux des arts, collection Guide des arts, Paris, Hazan, 2005
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Minor in History of Art and Archeology