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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.

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 more semester
2 sections

An Introduction to the Examination and Conservation of Works of Art

Receive an introduction to the field of art conservation as it applies to arts professionals such as appraisers, collectors, and museum personnel.

2017 Fall
1 section

Art Deco Masters of Design

Examine how exhibitions in the US and Europe ignited a race among designers, manufacturers, and retailers to introduce art deco to the marketplace.

2017 Fall
1 section

Art Law for the Art Professional

As an art professional, take this course to explore art law’s most important components and the most ardently enforced laws.

2017 Fall
1 section

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 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Connoisseurship of Impressionist and Modern Paintings

Explore impressionism, postimpressionism, expressionism, surrealism, futurism, and the path to abstraction through the medium of paintings.

2017 Fall
1 section

Contemporary Sculpture: Connoisseurship and Production Process

Explore the use of digital 3D design, 3D imaging, additive manufacturing (3D printing, laser sintering), and milling for creating sculpture.

2017 Fall
1 section

From Bedroom to Ballroom: Historic Fashion and Costume

Examine the history of fashion and costume to learn about changes in style, construction, and the use of fabrics.

2017 Fall
1 section

From Colonial to Contemporary: 500 Years of Latin American Art

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

2017 Fall
1 section

Important Artists and Paintings from the American South from 1690 to Today

Explore paintings from the American South, a region that has produced some of the most important American art for more than 400 years.

2017 Fall
1 section

Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary Art: The Auction Market

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

2017 Fall
1 section

Inside Art Litigation: The Untold Stories and Issues

Gain an insider’s view of overlooked issues from numerous legal disputes in the billion-dollar art market.

2017 Fall
1 section

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 more semester
2 sections

Parallels and Contrasts Between 20th-Century Fine and Decorative Art

Study the relationship between fine art and decorative art of the 20th century.

2017 Fall
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

Appraisal Writing Workshop

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

2017 Summer
1 section

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 Summer
1 section

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 Summer
1 section

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 Summer
1 section

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 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 Summer
2 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 Summer
2 sections

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

Essentials of Appraising

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

2017 Summer
1 section

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 Summer
1 section

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 Summer
1 section

Research Methods for Appraisers

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

2017 Summer
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.

American Furniture: The Essential Introduction

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

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 Fine and Rare Wine

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

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.

Damage and Loss

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

Furniture of the American South

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

Introduction to Provenance Research

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

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.

Problems in Authenticating Works of Art

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

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.

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.

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.