How to Talk About Art (Fall 2014)

Creativity and the Humanities

There are many people who truly appreciate art, but at the same time feel intimidated, confused, or inarticulate when talking about it with others. This class is designed for those who have ever found themselves saying things like:

"I know what I like when I see it, but it's hard to describe."
"I don't know if this is even good or not."
"I love art, but I find it difficult to tell where things belong in history, or to which genre"

Between the classroom and the collection at the MIA, the workshop will cover some basic strategies needed to talk about art, including:

/ Finding entry points into a work of art
/ Developing a system for analyzing a work of art
/ Building a foundation of useful vocabulary
/ A brief, but entertaining, overview of the basics of art history

Students who sign up for this workshop can expect to experience an engaging and dynamic presentation from the instructor before they join in the opportunity to practice their own newly acquired visual vocabulary. / All levels are welcome for this interactive and fun opportunity. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Please Register Before: October 6

If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

This class is not eligible for the early registration or multiple class registration discount.

Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

Course Number: CSLA 1001
Dates: Oct. 9 – Oct. 9
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Michael Gaughan
Main Building Room 101
Non-Credit Tuition: $25.00

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