Courses Offered

Graduate Professional Training

The training provided by ATPFormation was awarded to it in 2012 by the National Commission of Professional Certification. A ministerial decree published in the official gazette on August 22nd allows them to deliver the DIPLOMA of “Painting and Polychrome Art Object Conservationist”, from level II (L3-M1), code NSF 342V to the students having passed all the modules (initial training), or having established their equivalences (continuous training).

CERTIFICATE for “Assistant: Restorer of Paintings” is issued at the end of the 2nd year. (Subject to the validation of the relevant modules).

conservator’s work has two sides: scientific and manual. The theoretical part is the most important because the knowledge allows the understanding of techniques and it’s acquired all at once. However, manual experience requires constant training…

Thanks to the multidisciplinary nature of the teaching offered, the training provided by ATPFormation reflects the daily life of a restorer of paintings and polychrome art objects. On one hand, with different technical and theoretical courses, with the real-life situations involving many varied cases, and on the other hand, with direct integration into a restoration workshop. Working for both the public and private markets, and with mandatory courses over the course of training, ATPFormation offers a total immersion into the working life of the painting restorer.

Initial Training

Initial training is offered to highly motivated adults, with a minimum Baccalaureate level, who are looking for vocational training, or those who are in the process of retraining.

Continuing Training

Ongoing training is aimed at conservators who wish to ameliorate their skills or who seek to improve them by means of specific, theoretical courses or with practical work on little-known techniques.

Pre-Required for Training

Applications can only be made after a pre-registration interview. This meeting will assess the motivations and skills of the applicant and will provide an opportunity to freely discuss all facets of the restoring and conservationist activity in order to determine if this path is right for them and at what level they can integrate.
For foreign students, a French language certificate, B2, is required.

Education Objectives

ATPFormation aims to train real professionals. Autonomy is gradually acquired during training, and mandatory work placements with professionals enable students to integrate more effectively into the working world. We can also accompany students in the difficult preparation for the I. N. P (National Heritage Institute) competitions, and the Master Conservation Restoration of Cultural Property (M. C. R. R. B. C.).

Multidisciplinary of the Restorer

The precision gained at the service of knowledge well-filled: the conservation and restoration of paintings can only be learned by gradually integrating diverse and integral knowledge. Professional autonomy will only be acquired through multiple, varied situations.

Theoretical Catering

The history of the profession and its professional deontology, the materials constituting a painted work, the various restoration and conservation techniques used over the centuries. From the most traditional to the most recent scientific research, theory allows the conservation student to establish a source for documents essential to their daily work.

Status Report and Diagnosis

How to establish a condition report and then an essential diagnosis prior to the restoration? How to evaluate and implement the various curative, conservative, aesthetic, or preventive works? How to write a restoration technical file? These are some of the many questions a restorer asks themself. All of which require the specific methodology presented here, and of which will produce the answers they seek.

Practical Restoration and Conservation Work

Small treatments (wire threads, inlays, tension bands), refixings, doubled laminations with thermoplastic resins or traditional backing, complex cleaning tests and lightening implementations, fillings of gaps, retouching and varnishing: all classical or exceptional operations can be tackled and implemented thanks to a specific professional didactic material.
From traditional techniques to those resulting from the latest research; students will be confronted with a wide variety of cases in their daily environment. Benefiting from all the tools and essential materials in their applications, they will practice all techniques essential to mastering their profession (from linings to varnishing).

Art History

Since the conservationist doesn’t approach a “classical” painting in the same way as a modern or contemporary work, they must be able to situate the painting in its historical and aesthetic context. For this, a minimal knowledge in Art History will be necessary to determine the diagnosis.

Academic Drawing

Simple or draped composition, outside perspective or plaster studies and live models, and the introduction of the various graphic techniques (from pencil to different coloring tools) will sharpen the sense of observation and the precision of the gesture. Both of which are crucial to restoration students.

Copies and Ancient Techniques

It’s by manufacturing the coatings, sanding the preparations, grinding the pigments, and applying them according to the different mediums encountered in successive periods of painting that the materials will gradually take their place in the hands of the restorer, and will enable them to understand the alterations.

Physics – Chemistry and Archeometry

How do rays make it possible to see “under the paint”, and how to interpret scientific documents? Why is the surface matte or glossy? What is moisture’s reaction on a varnish? How do cracks form? Why do adhesives stick? How do I identify a fiber, wood, binder, or pigment? These are the questions that these science subjects will answer, while providing essential information to the student restorer of works of art. Practical work, in two groups, will enable sampling and analysis of various materials in paintings to be carried out and their nature identified. Dossiers will be assembled to develop the scientific reasoning necessary for the new generation of art conservationists.

The Pluses of This Training Center

The initial program is achieved over 3 years and the module’s validation can be extended for a maximum of 5 years.
By being integrated into a restoration workshop (Atelier du Temps Passé SARL), the training benefits from a privileged relationship with the daily life of professionals. Thus the student observes many cases, observes the different treatments of Restoration and Conservation of paintings and those of various collaborators, and gradually assimilates the management notions of private workshops.
The partnership established between the Atelier du Temps Passé and LAMS-UPMC Paris Sorbonne allows students to follow the research program on the identification and dating of oil within the authentication framework of paintings.
The module for Expertise and authenticity of the painting by the knowledge of its constituent materials will be established beginning 2017. It’ll be open to all art lovers and will be offered as an evening class.


Evaluation methods: biannual evaluations by subject and continuous overseeing allows for the validation of the modules.
Certificate of Assistant: Restorer of Paintings” is issued at the end of 2nd year (subject to module validation).
The Diploma of “Conservationist of Paintings and Polychrome Art Objects”, (title approved by the C. N. C. P, level II), is issued at the end of the 3rd year (subject to module validation).
It allows the newly graduated conservationist to gain recognition for their skills in the private market, the public art market, and for historical Institutions.