Art History Classes

Engage with Carnegie Museum of Art's collection and exhibitions

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Engage with Carnegie Museum of Art's collection and exhibitions through the museum's art history classes. Programmed by the museum's education department, these classes offer terrific opportunities to investigate individual works or periods in greater depth, and allow visitors to connect with the art currently on view in our galleries.

Upcoming Classes

Art Through the Ages: An Art History Survey
February 19–May 21, 6–8 p.m.
CMOA Theater
$200 ($180 CMP Members)
Register online

February 20–May 22, 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
CMOA Theater
$200 ($180 CMP Members)
Register online 

You’ve heard of Rembrandt, Monet, and Warhol, but what makes them great artists? Gain a new appreciation for the history of art from ancient to contemporary times, with a focus on the museum’s world-class collection. Through captivating gallery walks and provocative lectures led by Rachel Miller, PhD, you’ll become acquainted with a range of artists in ways that you never before considered. Readings and take-home exercises reinforce the experience and ensure a deeper level of knowledge.

About the instructor: Rachel Miller's research focuses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art with an emphasis on the artistic patronage of the Jesuits, including the art and architecture produced on their overseas missions. 

This 14 session class meets every Thursday between February 19–May 21; and every Friday between February 20–May 22.

Note: This class is required for individuals wishing to enter the provisional
CMOA volunteer docent program.  

Lasting Impressions: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Fin-de-siècle Paris
Wednesdays, April 8–29, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Saturdays, Aprill 11–May 2, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
CMOA Theater
General $80 (CMP Member $64)
Register online

Carnegie Museum of Art’s rich collection of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist paintings, including works by Cezanne, Cassatt, Renoir, Monet, and Signac, along with the exhibition Visiting Van Gogh: Basket of Apples, serve as the foundation for this four-session class. 
Clarisse Fava-Piz will take you on an exploration of the vibrant artistic scene of Fin-de-siècle Paris, and the emergence of the new artistic movements that inspired Van Gogh, profoundly influenced his artistic production, and set him on the path to becoming one of the most innovative artists of the 19th century.

About the instructor: Clarisse Fava-Piz is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests encompass the study of artistic exchanges, the history of the art market, and connoisseurship in the nineteenth-century, with a particular focus on sculpture. Clarisse received her M.A. in Art History from the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense, and her B.A. in Art History from the Université Sorbonne (Paris IV). She has worked at the Getty Research Institute, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Institute of Art History (INHA).

Choose your Schedule: You can participate in this 4-session class every Wednesday between April 8–29 OR every Saturday between April 11–May 2. 

Registration Information

Register online using the links above.
Call 412.622.3288 to register by phone.

Scholarships for art history classes are available.
To apply for a scholarship please email Lucy Stewart, Associate Curator of Education, Adult Programs.