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.

 


The Arts & Crafts Movement in Britain and The U.S [71]

Wednesdays, Sep 9 – Oct 14, 1 – 2 pm (6 sessions) | Conference Suite (Oct 7 in Reynolds Lecture Hall)
Dr. Charles Brownell, Professor Emeritus of Art History, VCU
“If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris, The Beauty of Life (1880) 
Discover 19th- and early 20th-century reform movements that arose in decorative arts and architecture in reaction to factory production and modern life. Drawing on the stellar holdings in the Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection at VMFA, the course will cover the Great Exhibition of 1851, the William Morris circle, the Women’s Art Movement and American ceramics, the Stickley family and the Craftsman style in furniture, Frank Lloyd Wright in his Prairie Style years, and more. 

$90 (VMFA members $75)

 


Intro to the Art of the Ancient World Part 1: Egypt and the Ancient Near East [72]

Wednesdays, Oct 14 – Nov 18, 2 – 3 pm (6 sessions) | Pauley Center Parlor
Dr. Donald Schrader, Adjunct Professor of Art History
This class explores the intimacy between language and pictures in ancient Sumer, the images of empire and power of arch-enemies Assyria and Babylon, and the rise of the first great international empire from Persia. Also covered are the majestic dynastic art and architecture of ancient Egypt, including the mysterious portraits and stupendous pyramids of the Old Kingdom, the humble realism of the Middle Kingdom, and the grand temples and renegade pharaohs of Imperial Egypt of the New Kingdom. This class is followed by The Classical World of Ancient Greece and Rome in spring 2016. 

$90 (VMFA members $75)

 


Rodin "101" [73]

Tuesdays, Dec 1 & 8, 1 – 2:30 pm (2 sessions) | Conference Suits & Galleries
Dr. Colleen Yarger, Adjunct Professor of Art History, Randolph Macon College
An introduction to artist Auguste Rodin, the greatest sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries, this class explores Rodin’s masterpieces as well as his processes, techniques, and materials. *Cost includes admission to the special exhibition Rodin: Evolution of a Genius.  

$50 (VMFA members $35)*

 


Rodin "101" [74]

Saturdays, Dec 5 & 12, 1 – 2:30 pm (2 sessions) | Conference Suits & Galleries
Dr. Colleen Yarger, Adjunct Professor of Art History, Randolph Macon College
An introduction to artist Auguste Rodin, the greatest sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries, this class explores Rodin’s masterpieces as well as his processes, techniques, and materials. *Cost includes admission to the special exhibition Rodin: Evolution of a Genius.  

$50 (VMFA members $35)*