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  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    This course is now full. 
    February 16 - March 29, 2022
    Tuition includes six weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.
    We offer this online course throughout the year with sessions starting approximately every four months. Contact us for more information.
  • Getting Started & How It Works

    Getting Started & How It Works

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
    Visit our How It Works page to learn more about the online learning experience.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: Introduction to Art Writing

    • Who Writes About Art, Why and How

    • The Building Blocks of Visual Writing

    Week 2: The Essence of Successful Art Writing I: Tone and Structure

    • An Overview of Writings Generated by Galleries and Museums

    • Analysis of Museum Wall Texts

    • Review of What Press Releases Say and Why

    Week 3: The Essence of Successful Art Writing II: Voice and Craft

    • Master Art Writers from Past and Present

    • Analyzing and Connecting with Your Subject Matter

    Week 4: History and Biography

    • How to Professionally Convey Valuable, Biographical Information on Artists

    • Analyzing an Artist’s Individual Experiences and Their Social Context

    Week Five: Getting to the Point

    • Focus on De Kooning: From a Formal Analysis of a Singular Work to an Exploration of the Artist

    • How De Kooning’s Work Is Reevaluated Over Time

    Week Six: Seeing and Writing the World

    • Scholarly Writing for Exhibition Catalogues, Historical Books, etc

    • Formal Analysis, Artists’ Biographies, Critical Evaluation, Historic Research

  • Faculty


    Aimee Walleston, Adjunct Faculty, Online
    M.F.A., Art Criticism and Writing, School of Visual Arts; B.A., Writing, Literature, and the Arts in Context, Eugene Lang College
    Aimee Walleston is New York City-based essayist and editor, who has worked for magazines including W, Interview, Jane and The Last Magazine. She has contributed reviews, essays, and interviews to numerous publications including Art in America, Flash Art, The Brooklyn Rail, T Magazine and CR Fashion Book. Previously, she held the position of an in-house casting director for photographer Bruce Weber.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 11 IACET Continuing Education Units. *
    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.
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    This course is listed under the Premier Course option in the online application. Premier Online Courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
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