How to Talk About Art

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 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 portion and viewing part of the collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 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. / View complete policies.

What to bring: Pen or pencil, notebook or sketchbook.

Please Register Before: March 22
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.

No discounts or coupon codes may be applied to this course.

Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSLA 1001 SP19
Date Start: 
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Date End: 
Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:00-9:00 p.m.
On site: MIA
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above
Days of Week: 
Professional Development and Liberal Arts