Open Enrollment

Visual Arts Education and Outreach

At a Glance

Open Enrollment
$475 Per course

The Visual Arts Education and Outreach program at the University of Chicago Graham School aims to inspire critical inquiry and dialogue around some of the most enduring artworks, artistic movements, and artists world-wide. Students will be taught specific tools of visual analysis—thereby heightening their enjoyment of art—as well as the broader cultural context from which specific works derived.

At the core of the Visual Arts Education and Outreach program is our foundational series, How to View Art. This three-quarter sequence aims to teach participants the skills of viewing art with the goal that they become skilled, independent art viewers. Meaningful interaction with art is based on consideration of the totality of the culture at the relevant time and place. For this reason, we consider political conditions, cultural features, socioeconomic facts, and others in our study of any piece of art. In addition, we consider formal elements such as color, texture, composition, and more.

In addition to this series, we also offer individual courses on popular topic areas in art history. Structured around a time period or theme, these individual courses can be taken after or before completion of the series.

Our courses and events offer opportunities to discuss the most meaningful artworks in the world and some of the most important art movements globally.

We hope for continued engagement from our longtime students and to introduce ourselves to new art enthusiasts in the making.

Before taking Dr. Lazar’s course, I might’ve looked at a painting for five or ten minutes before moving on. With Dr. Lazar, we’d look at a painting for forty-five minutes and feel like we were just getting started. It’s totally changed my perspective on art, and she’s really one of the best instructors I’ve ever come across.

Ginger Archer, Student

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