Art Appreciation Course Reviews

Marisa Anderson

Hamilton, ON

The Art Institute's online art appreciation course was an incredibly enriching experience. The course material provided a vast overview of art history, tracing its evolution over the centuries. The written content was robust and detailed, carefully curated by world-renown art historians and teachers. Recommendations for additional reading were provided, and online research opportunities allowed a deep dive into the topics discussed.

Each module concludes with a written essay assignment, which was designed to help one discuss art in a clear and concise manner. These assignments helped me to understand the nuances of art and its interpretation. Additionally, I received great personalized feedback from my tutor, Stephen Farthing, which was immensely helpful in improving my understanding of the course material.

Overall, I think this course is perfect for anyone interested in art and its history and progression over the centuries. It's an excellent resource for museum enthusiasts who wish to learn even more about their favourite artworks and artists, discovering the progression and evolution of art over time. It could also be a great starting point for those considering entering the art profession.

I highly recommend The Art Institute's online art appreciation course to anyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating subject.

Susan Yao

Toronto, ON

I have just completed The Art Appreciation Course and feel very satisfied with the overall learning experience.

The modules are well organized, with professional knowledge and insights from the authors, who are all established art historians. It provided a new perspective for me to understand and appreciate the various artists and their works against the special historical backgrounds of their times.

Besides the course materials, there are abundant further readings and videos in the Resources section for each module. I didn’t have time to read and watch them all, but I will keep them as a backup for my future reference.

My tutor, Professor Stephen Farthing, has been very prompt in answering my questions. The framework and guidance he provided me in answering the questions helped me a lot in approaching the assignments. His comments on my assignments encouraged me to overcome my difficulties and finish the course successfully.

While Mr. Farthing was away, Libby Anson took care of my assignments. She gave me very detailed comments and instructions on enhancing my views and getting the utmost out of the subjects. I’m grateful to have the two tutors beside me in this learning journey!

Joëlle Verdon

Montreal, QC

The Art Institute's course largely exceeded my expectation. It brought me "a bundle of joy" that money cannot buy. To set the context, I am French Canadian and work in investment. I truly missed not receiving a liberal art education, so some 10 years ago, I decided to do my own education, the self-taught hard way. I read tons of books and saw zillions of museums as I live in Europe. I managed to get a decent level of knowledge in art, but I was looking to put this in a more organised framework and to learn more about the history bit behind the "history of art". With this goal in mind, I started searching the internet for the "formula" that would best meet my goal. I searched for all the online short and/or intensive course options as I could not commit to a long-term on-location course.

The Art Institute offered me to test their course with a 7-day money-back guarantee. I was then convinced that the level was appropriate, not out of reach for my capacity but challenging enough. But the surprisingly nice addition is how my tutor adjusted his style/comments to my progression. In a very supportive way, he "raised the bar" by becoming more demanding, although always soft and engaging, to push me to my limit. That was a brilliant tutorial. And I guess that the same technique is used to engage people with different backgrounds. Technically, the course is also well thought out. We have full freedom to work in our own space, and at least in my case, the tutor quickly provided his constructive feedback (in most instances, within 24hrs, even during the Christmas holiday!).

In summary, this course is brilliantly designed to reach a wide range of audience in terms of background and run by an enthusiastic team, from Lilly in support to my brilliant tutor Stephen Farthing, who also wrote a must-have book "Art: the whole story" (on Amazon). Thing about an improved version of Gombrich incorporating the recent developments and in a much more visually appealing format. If you cannot enrol in the course, at minimum, spoil yourself by buying this book.

My only regret is that it is over! Joelle Verdon, a happy and grateful graduate of the Art Institute.

Ps: As an indication, I personally spent circa 15 to 20 hours per module because I read beyond and “around” the course material. I guess one can do it within 12 hours/module by sticking to the basic material, but in my view, it would be a shame not to tap into the great bibliography. And read about the parallel development in literature, politic, music……..

Francois Auclair

Ottawa, ON

This was an incredible learning journey!

The material is professionally prepared by experts in the field, with excellent summaries you won’t find anywhere.

My tutor (Libby) was engaging, stimulating, and always providing insightful comments.

This course is such an invitation to learn more, to enjoy the world of Art.

I will certainly continue this newly discovered path.

Henry Komadowski

Lethbridge, AL

This is a great introduction to the world of art. Well designed, fun to do and great tutorial support.

Mary-Louise Boardman

Olonzac, France

This course has been the most amazing doorway to an entirely new way of looking, at art, at life, at myself. Throughout the carefully planned course of modules I was accompanied by my tutor, whose helpful comments helped me to improve my writing and my study techniques. I have learnt an enormous amount, and realise how little I still know of the intriguing world of art and artists.

Best of all, it has given me a taste for further academic study, the biggest bonus of all.

I feel that learning more about the history of art in the world has been a real privilege, and feel quite emotional now as I leave my friends at the Art Institute.

Richard Draycott

Bedfordshire, UK

I have recently completed the Art Institute History of Art course. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in art and the part it has played in our culture through the centuries.

It provides a framework that helps to focus on the artists, their genre and their importance to us today with well-written modules created by authoritative figures in their field. The modules provide details of further reading and list the galleries where particular works of art can be viewed, all of which helped me to absorb myself in the subject.

My tutor, Stephen Farthing, encouraged me with his helpful advice, which enabled me to provide clear, concise answers to the various modules. The course is very flexible and helped me to fit the study into my busy life.

Sue Harrod

Devon, UK

Thank you Art Institute, for providing me with such an enlightening course. My art history knowledge has been expanded enormously. The allegory of art has been a fascinating journey of surprise.This online course was a joy to undertake, due to the module design, content and the exemplary Tutor support . My assignments were marked and returned to me very promptly, with comprehensive and constructive feedback. This helped me develop my research and attain a higher standard of writing as the course progressed.

This achievement for me, of a successful completion of the diploma course, is quite an emotional attainment . I am registered blind with only some peripheral vision. The high quality online course photography combined with the magnification on my 27inch Mac gave me the ability to work through this course and see paintings as I have never seen them before. Also, my research turned up an interesting link of artists with visual impairments, that I hope to do further research on.

My greatest freedom and joy has been my year round cold water sea swimming , but now the thirst for more knowledge in the visual arts has been unlocked. This online course has opened a door to art appreciation I never thought possible, as I have shunned art galleries due to my sight loss. Thank you so much to all your team that supported me.

Rachel Cross

Weston-super-Mare, UK

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I was interested in changing my career and had always been interested in art and art history. I saw the Art Appreciation Course run by The Art Institute and decided to try it.

It is an unhurried and detailed look at the broad shifts in art, seminal works and artists. It is presented in well written modules, which cover art principally from the Renaissance on, but there is also a broad overview of visual culture and a module dedicated to British art. Shifts in ideologies through the years are shown as being clearly reflected in the art of the day and the course challenges you to understand the links between historic events and visual culture. I found the modules on nineteenth and twentieth-century art the most stimulating as developments in industry and globalisation were manifested in new and exciting ways in art.

There is no pressure on the course, which is great, and the assignments are marked promptly and well; my tutor was very encouraging and supportive. The student support team were also very flexible, as I was completing a degree when I enrolled on this course and had very little time. The support team, therefore, extended the completion date so I could dedicate more time to it after my final university exam. This course has confirmed that I would like to go further in my studies of art history and one day even lecture in it myself! Thank you for a great journey...

Richard Yaxley

Brisbane, Australia

I highly recommend the Art Appreciation course offered by The Art Institute. This is a comprehensive, stimulating course which takes you on a journey of empowerment through the history and development of Western Art. But it's more than that; an exploration of the people, an expose of the politics, and a chance to deconstruct the works that changed the world and the movements that sculpted our thinking. It's also a great opportunity to reflect on your own view of art and articism; how and why creativity both benefits and shapes our society.

The course materials are of a very high standard, the assignments are relevant and often deliciously provocative, the tutors provide outstanding support and the process is simple, effective and efficient. Most significantly, the course makes you think; to move beyond blanket appreciation or criticism towards a level of discernment and rationalisation that is enriching and rewarding.

Alastair Forman

Farnham, UK

This Art Appreciation Course is a comprehensive, well produced and professionally presented step into the world of art history and appreciation. I enjoyed every one of the well written modules and found them challenging, informative and helpfully illustrated. Each module has a generous reading list. Details of worldwide galleries and museums are included, providing resources for years to come.

The well constructed assignments forced me to observe pictures carefully, stick to the key points and write succinctly and creatively. This, and the perceptive encouragement of my excellent tutor, has helped my writing tremendously. The website is attractive and easy to use. The student support team is efficient, courteous, interested and genuinely supportive.

I have long sought a joined up overview of the development Western Art. The Art Institute has provided this without bravura or bias. If this is adult entry level to Art Appreciation, then it has more than done its job.

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