2019 Course Catalog

Sotheby's Summer Institute courses draw on the expertise and unrivaled access of Sotheby’s Institute of Art and explore the most important issues facing our world today.

  • Art History 101: The Art History Course Everyone Needs Grades 9 - 12

    Journey through the history of western art: explore masterpieces of art and architecture from antiquity to the present day, using New York City as your campus.

  • Stolen, Forged, and Looted: Intro to Art Crime Grades 10 - 12

    Art crimes are a threat to our cultural identity. Investigate famous cases alongside experts and learn what techniques are used to uncover fakes, forgeries, and thefts.

  • New York City: Art Capital Grades 10 - 12 & Graduating Seniors

    Discover the people and places that made — and continue to make — New York City the premier art world capital that it is today.

  • Art Business Grades 10 - 12 & Graduating Seniors

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at New York’s art world and discover how art is created and traded.

  • The Modern Museum Grades 10 - 12

    Investigate the role of the art museum in contemporary western society and learn about its influence in the digital age.

  • Text + Image: Writing About Art Grades 10 - 12

    Learn how to write like an art critic, fashioning compelling profiles of art exhibitions and galleries.

  • Art History / Art Business / Art New York Grades 9 - 12

    Understand the art world from all angles through immersion in art’s history, economies, and the vibrant contemporary scene of New York City.

  • Museums / Galleries / Auction Houses Grades 10 - 12

    Go behind the scenes of important art world institutions and learn about their global influence through visits to museums, galleries, and auction houses in NYC.

  • Art / Luxury / Fashion Grades 10 - 12

    From the photoshoot to the catwalk, learn about the intersections between art, luxury, and fashion.

  • Architecture / Urban Planning / Industrial Design Grades 9 - 11

    See New York by land and sky as you explore how innovations like the skyscraper and the iPhone® have transformed modern living.

  • Contemporary Art 101 Grades 10 - 12 & Graduating Seniors

    Learn about major artists and creative possibilities in contemporary art through the lens of three important genres.

  • Protest Art: Environment / Identity / Activism Grades 10 - 12 & Graduating Seniors

    Learn about art at the forefront of social change and how artists use their work to confront social and political issues.

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