Art Appreciation 101

A New, Visual Approach to Art Appreciation

After more than half a year of work, I’m so pleased to unveil my new online course, Art Appreciation for Beginners!

This six-unit course will teach you to understand art based on what you see, not on what you know. By being familiar with the basic components of art’s appearances, subject matter, and interpretation, you can intelligently approach and enjoy any artwork, regardless of your art history knowledge level.

For the beginning art viewer, this means positive, meaningful museum experiences without tons of art historical study. For the old hand, it opens up new avenues into art and artists outside your area of expertise. It also has the side benefit of training you to look closely, observe details, think critically about what you see, and approach the images with sophistication and discernment – all valuable skills in our image-saturated world. Viewing art has great mental health benefits, too.

I’m so excited about this course, and I’m certain all of you will be, too. Despite the title, it’s not just for beginners. In fact, I’ve seen huge positive changes in my own recent museum experiences with the visually-oriented approach I’ve developed for this course. I love art history, but it has been such a breath of fresh air to get out of my head full of facts and put the focus back of what I see. Click below to learn more and sign up for Art Appreciation for Beginners. And feel free to address your questions and feedback in the comments section below.

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