Art History Classes

VMFA Art History Classes provide adult audiences with the opportunity to investigate the history of art through dynamic and interactive lectures, gallery visits and discussions. For ages 16 and over.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds unless VMFA cancels a class. VMFA will cancel a class if 12 students are not enrolled one week before the start date.

Preview the Fall 2016 classes here.

Registration begins Aug 8 for current VMFA members and Aug 15 for non-members.

 


Edwin Lord Weeks: 19th Century Visions of India [63]

Wed, Sep 7–28, 1–2 pm  (4 sessions) | Conference Suite
Dr. Kerry Lucinda Brown, Adjunct Professor of Art History, VCU

As one of the foremost American Orientalist painters, Edwin Lord Weeks (18491903) applied his French Academic training to paint stunning visions of India in the late 19th century. This course closely examines Weeks's paintings as a framework for understanding the impact of Asian culture on European and American artists and the east-west exchange of visual culture.

$75 (VMFA members $60)

 


The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and the U.S., 1860--1914, Part II [64]

Thu, Sep 8–29, 1–2:30 pm  (4 sessions) | Conference Suite
Dr. Charles Brownell, Professor Emeritus, VCU

This class is a companion to "The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and the U.S., Part I," taught in the fall of 2015. "Arts and Crafts, Part II" surveys the vibrant reform movements in design in Britain and America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing on the world-class holdings of the Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection at VMFA. Each session will consist of an hour-long lecture and 30 minutes in the gallery. "Arts and Crafts, Part I" is not a prerequisite for this class.

$90 (VMFA members $75)

 


Mind the Gap! The Distance between Architecture and Architectural Representation [65]

Tue, Oct 4–25, 1–2:30 pm  (4 sessions) | Conference Suite
Dr. Colleen Yarger, Adjunct Professor of Art History, Randolph Macon College

Depictions of architecture frequently appear in art museums - in painting sculpture, and the decorative arts. This course combines elements of an Architecture 101 class, and then puts that knowledge to the test, taking a closer look at works in VMFA's permanent collection and in the special exhibit Remnants and Revival: Architectural Etchings by Charles Meryon and John Taylor Arms. Discover for yourself if these artists really understood what it took to represent accurately the architecture of the buildings they depicted.

$90 (VMFA members $75)

 


The Latest News from the Age of Van Eyck [66]

Wed, Oct 5–Nov 9, 2–3 pm  (6 sessions) | Pauley Center Parlor
Dr. Donald Schrader, Adjunct Professor of Art History, University of Mary Washington

New studies of art from the 15th century Netherlands - coinciding with the recent installation of two important paintings from this period in VMFA's collection - will provide students with an opportunity to examine this extraordinary art of the late Middle Ages. This course will look at renowned artists like Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch, as well as the works of exceptional artists whose names have been lost to history.

$90 (VMFA members $75)

 


Artistic Borrowings: Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns [67]

Tue, Nov 29–Dec 13, 1–2:30 pm  (3 sessions) | Conference Suite
Andrea Alvarez, Director of the Depot Gallery & PhD Candidate, VCU

Artists often seek inspiration from other creative peopleartists, composers, and writers. Based on the theme of VMFA's special exhibition, Jasper johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life, this class will explore the connection between Jasper Johns (b. 1930), known for moving the artistic community away from Abstract expressionism with his paintings of flags and targets, and Edvard Munch (18631944), the Norwegian painter and printmaker whose 19th-century Symbolist works of haunting and emotional images influenced German Expressionism in the 20th century. This course includes a visit to the exhibition with the instructor.

$90 (VMFA members $75)

 


Artistic Borrowings: Edvard Munch and Jasper Johns [68]

Thursdays, Dec 1–15, 6:30–8 pm  (3 sessions) | Conference Suite
Andrea Alvarez, Director of the Depot Gallery & PhD Candidate, VCU

Artists often seek inspiration from other creative peopleartists, composers, and writers. Based on the theme of VMFA's special exhibition, Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life, this class will explore the connection between Jasper Johns (b. 1930), known for moving the artistic community away from Abstract expressionism with his paintings of flags and targets, and Edvard Munch (18631944), the Norwegian painter and printmaker whose 19th-century Symbolist works of haunting and emotional images influenced German Expressionism in the 20th century. This course includes a visit to the exhibition with the instructor.

$90 (VMFA members $75)