Go behind the scenes of a conservator’s lab through a virtual tour, and explore the history, care, and valuation of art objects in a dynamic online learning environment.
Students enrolled in this online Exploration course will survey the fields of art history, art conservation, and art appraisal, focusing on how the history and condition of artworks influence both their physical care and their value in the global art market. Guided by expert educators and leaders in the field, our Explorations courses focus on the intersectionality between topics in a dynamic virtual environment that balances a variety of expert-led live sessions with self-guided modules. In this course, students will gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on the historical context of art objects, how those objects are preserved for future generations, and the key factors professional appraisers use when determining the value of art in museums, galleries, auction houses, and private collections.
A multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Designed and led by industry experts with extensive online teaching experience, the virtual learning environment balances live sessions with different types of interactive activities to engage students in an exploration of their passions and help them prepare for college. The Exploration program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.
Virtual site visits may include:
- Iconic museums such as the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
- The art conservation lab at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York
- Online viewing rooms of top international galleries, such as Hauser & Wirth and Pace Gallery
- Sotheby’s auction house
- An art appraisal firm
- Artists’ studios
Guest speakers may include:
- Art appraisers
- Museum curators
- Gallery directors
- Art conservators
- Art historians
Projects may include:
- Curating a hypothetical museum exhibition that addresses newfound ways of opening up the art historical canon
- Examining a forged painting held in a museum’s collection, and learning how it was discovered to be a fake
- Researching the various factors involved in art valuation, including condition reports, auction history, and provenance
Tech Fee: $75
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.