to Learn More About Art
Part Four: Educational Resources in Your Community
know you hardcore art lovers can't get enough of this stuff, so
part four is for you!
is an excellent resource for all kinds of ways to learn more about
art. From local museum educational programs and volunteering,
to courses at community colleges and universities--the arts seem
to be enjoying a true renaissance.
know the best way to learn more about art? Go see it! Most museums,
small or large, provide educational programs of some kind to their
communities. Many offer formal docent led tours or formal lectures
given by scholars or artists. Volunteering at your local museum
gives you even better access to all the goings-on behind the exhibitions.
becoming a member of the museum. The benefits often include free
admission for the member and a guest, discounts for lectures and
special events, and the museum's monthly newsletter or magazine.
And remember, the cost of a membership is usually tax-deductible.
a museum in your area, link to the WWW
Virtual Library web site. This exhaustive site has links to
every museum in the country. Each museum site clearly indicates
what types of classes and/or volunteer opportunities that are
colleges have art history classes scheduled each semester. Typically
survey courses are available that offer an overview of the major
artistic movements in western art. Some colleges provide courses
that explore some movements, such as Renaissance or medieval art.
Classes are affordable and can be taken close to home or work.
To find a community college in your area, do a search on the Internet.
Here is a link for a list of community
colleges located throughout the United States.
you don't feel like committing to a semester of college by formally
enrolling in a class. Then the continuing education is a great
option! Most of the courses included in these programs meet only
once a week for a limited period of time (some courses may even
be available online). The courses are eclectic and are taught
by either art historians or artists. Below is just a sample of
recent courses available in California. Check out your own local
university, it's likely that they offer similar classes.
Santa Cruz Extension
University Continuing Studies
Opportunity for "Seasoned Citizens"
over 60 (just a kid these days) and have the time to pursue your
interest in art history, you might want to explore the "Over Sixty
Program" at San José State University. This program was created
to allow California residents who are over 60 to enroll in regular
session courses…FREE!!! The only restriction is that you must
register after all other students have registered for the class.
This is one of the best-kept secrets for those who want to seriously
study art history. For further information call the Student Resource
Center (408) 924-2129 or the Re-Entry Program (408) 924-5950.
Executive Order 600 stipulates that all California State Universities
must provide fee waivers for California residents 60 years of
age and older. If you live outside California, contact your local
university to see if they offer a similar program.
you an art expert yet??? It's time to get out there and explore
these resources and get involved. It's not only educational; it
might be fun to meet others who share your interest in art.