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Art Appraisal

  • Focuses on Industry Standards and Regulations
  • Develops Research Skills and Methodologies
  • Trains for a Broad Range of Occupations

Designed for both prospective and practicing appraisers, these courses explore the techniques and practices of fine and decorative art appraisal. Foundational courses introduce you to industry standards and best practices, while specialized courses explore various fields, including American and European paintings, Asian art, silver, furniture, and photography.

18th- and 19th-Century Furniture: Materials, Construction, and Use

Explore the history of furniture construction and decoration, and learn how to distinguish period pieces from well-crafted reproductions.

2017 Summer
1 section

A New York City Guide to the Decorative Arts: Immerse Yourself in Style

Learn the visual vocabulary of style and ornament in decorative arts through weekly guided visits to New York auction houses, galleries, and museums.

2017 Summer
1 section

Abstraction from Latin America: A Trending Market

Explore the abstract art movements from Latin America, including constructivism, MADI, Mexican abstraction, and kinetic art, and the artists.

2017 Summer
1 section

American Furniture: The Essential Introduction

Gain an introduction to American furniture from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

2017 Spring
1 section

Appraisal Writing Workshop

Learn how to approach, construct, and develop various types of written appraisals that are reflective of the highest current standards.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Appraisal of Historical Textiles and Costume

Explore the characteristics, manufacture, and trade in textiles to help in the appraisal of furniture, clothing, costumes, and home furnishings.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Appraising 20th-Century American Ceramics and Glass

Explore one of the most dynamic periods in the development of American ceramics and glass.

2017 Summer
1 section

Appraising 20th-Century Decorative Arts

Examine the evolution of modern and contemporary decorative arts, so you are better able to assess objects and appropriately assign proper value.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Asian Fine and Decorative Arts: Connoisseurship

Study the history of Asian art, with a focus on periods and styles important for identifying works frequently found in museums and in the marketplace.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Damage and Loss

Learn about damage and loss appraisals, which are used when assessing value to facilitate insurance claim settlements and disputes.

2017 Spring
1 section

Essentials of Appraising

Learn the essential framework of personal property appraisal, and acquire an education in appraising.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

IRS Legal Guidelines in Valuation of Fine and Decorative Arts

Learn about current tax law as it applies to the valuation of fine and decorative arts.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Introduction to Appraising Fine Art

Receive a general introduction to the various media and styles commonly encountered in the appraisal of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Mid-20th-Century Design: Masters and Innovators

Examine the rise of 20th-century design, with a focus on mid-20th-century furniture, lighting, and objects.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

New York City Museums by Moonlight: Decorative Arts from Baroque to Contemporary

Gain an introduction to the European and American decorative arts through weekly guided visits to museums in New York City.

2017 Summer
1 section

Reconsidering American Art: From the Peales to Pollock

Learn about the development of American painting and sculpture from the colonial period to the postwar era.

2017 Spring
1 section

Research Methods for Appraisers

Gain an introduction to art appraisal practice and a foundation in appraisal research methods and tools.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

The Appraisal of European Furniture Styles 1700-2000

Learn to identify major European furniture styles, while developing the tools needed to determine historic and contemporary value.

2017 Summer
1 section

The Appraisal of Household and Personal Property

Learn the basics of appraising household contents, and acquire the techniques and skills necessary to become a general appraiser.

2017 Spring
1 section

The Heart of the Matter: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Appraising

Gain familiarity with the legal aspects of appraising, which have become crucial to the profession.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice for Personal Property Appraisers

Learn the unified code of ethics and standards for appraisal report writing and prepare for the USPAP exam.

2017 Spring
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary Art: The Auction Market and Appraisal Issues

Acquire the knowledge and skills needed for market analysis and trend-spotting in the art world.

2017 Spring
1 section

Appraising Fine and Rare Wine

Explore the factors that determine the value of a wine or wine collection for buyers and investors.

2017 Spring
1 section

Introduction to Provenance Research

Explore the basic principles and methods of researching the history of ownership, transfer, and exhibition of artwork.

2017 Spring
1 section

Furniture of the American South

Learn about the extraordinary quality and style of furniture produced in the American South.

2017 Spring
1 section

Photography Appraisal and Collection

Gain essential information on types of prints, key artists to collect, and ways of determining authenticity and establishing value for photography.

2017 Spring
1 section

Problems in Authenticating Works of Art

Learn how to handle the most problematic issues of authentication that confront art professionals.

2017 Spring
1 section

The Appraisal of Modern and Contemporary Prints

Acquire a foundation in the methodology for assessing and valuing prints from the early 20th century to the present.

2017 Spring
1 section

A Grand Tour of New York City's Finest Art and Antique Galleries

Meet the principals of several New York City galleries, and learn how to recognize quality and determine current market value of art and antiques.

A Guide to Style and Ornament

Receive an introduction to style and ornament in the European and American decorative arts of the 17th through early 20th centuries.

An Introduction to the Examination and Conservation of Works of Art

Receive an introduction to the field of art conservation as it applies to the appraiser and the collector.

Appraisal of American Folk Art

Review examples of American folk art from the 17th century to present, examining regional, urban, and rural influences and the evolution over time.

Appraising the Hudson River School Painters

Explore the art and appraisal criteria for the Hudson River School, as well as other related American landscape painters.

From Colonial to Contemporary: Appraising 500 Years of Latin American Art

Gain an overview of the history and development of different artistic traditions in Latin America.

Intensive in Appraisal and Connoisseurship: Fine Arts

Gain a comprehensive overview of the various media and styles encountered when appraising paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and mixed media.

Intensive in Appraisal and Connoisseurship: Household Goods and Personal Property

Expand your skills and knowledge in the appraisal of household goods and personal property.