Christmas is almost upon us, and in celebration of the holiday we’re running a series of posts on great art gifts.
In this first post, we give you 5 reasons why a course on contemporary art, whether art history, art business or art writing, makes the perfect gift for art enthusiasts and experts alike.
Everyone is time-poor in the 21st century, and deciding how best to spend your scanty freetime can be a fraught endeavour. Should you make the most of every moment to advance your career and personal development, or should you just kick back and have fun?
Luckily, self-improvment and relaxation aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. Taking a course to find out more about something you love can help you transform a hobby into a career, as well as being a great way to spend your time.
This Christmas, Art Radar rounds up 5 art-related courses that make perfect presents for art enthusiasts and professionals alike.
1. Art Radar | Diploma in Art Journalism & Writing
Not to blow our own trumpet, but the Art Radar course is an excellent way to boost your art career or connect with like-minded people. You get to experience life as a real art journalist, benefit from personal feedback from our course tutors and, best of all, see your work published on Art Radar. Sign up today!
2. MoMA | MoMA Courses Online
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City offers courses on art for New Yorkers and internet denizens. MoMA’s classes cover both art history and practice, with the option to study for five-, eight-, or ten-week courses. The institution even offers a self-guided version, just in case you don’t want to spend too much cash.
3. Saatchi Gallery | Beginner’s Guide to Contemporary Art
Let’s face it- understanding contemporary art is not easy. Saatchi Gallery’s London-based course aims to introduce the world of private collections, commercial galleries, artist’s studios, museum and exhibition spaces to art neophytes. Course tutor
4. Christie’s | The Collecting Course: Post-War and Contemporary Art
The auction house’s short course aims to give budding collectors an insight into the most popular buying categories of the modern era. Students learn how to take their first steps in the art market, as well as getting expert opinion on starting a collection from Christie’s specialists.
5. University of Oxford | Learning to Look at Modern Art
Oxford, one of the world’s top universities, offers online courses on Learning to Look at Modern Art, a critical primer in modern and contemporary art from 1900 to today. While this is their only online course that covers contemporary art, they also have many other options for those interested in classical art history, including Indian and Islamic art.
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