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THE SIX-HOUR ART MAJOR--as seen in Time Out New York!


THE SIX-HOUR ART MAJOR is a fact-filled but totally fun way to learn about art—the way an artist does! Take mini-versions of all the courses you would take if you went to art school—not just Art History and Art Appreciation, but how to be more creative, basics of drawing, and more!

THE SIX-HOUR ART MAJOR is available for private and corporate engagements, in its entirety or in two three-hour sessions.  A three-hour mini-version is available.  Call 917.566.8390 for further information.



What to Look For When You Look at Art (2 hours)

This entertaining and fact-filled lecture shows how an artist creates the mood of a painting, and communicates a message in a strictly visual medium.  Learn how to approach a work of art from an artist’s point of view, and find out some of the fascinating stories behind great works of art. An expanded version of the Art Appreciation section that appears in The Six-Hour Art Major.


Western Art History: The Big Picture (2 hours)

Not just another “art’s greatest hits”, full of dates and “isms”, this lively, informative talk gives the big themes of art’s development since the earliest cave paintings, and how we got to where we are today.   Includes the most recent findings on the origins of art. An expanded version of the Art History section that appears in The Six-Hour Art Major.

West Meets East—An Introduction to Chinese Art (2 hours)

Even art enthusiasts often know very little about the art of this important civilization.  Discover treasures of Chinese art, as well as the history and philosophies behind its creation.  Special focus on the culture’s unique artforms.

Before and After the Renaissance (3 hours)

Learn about the origins of the art movement that gave the world some of its most recognizable masterpieces, such as da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and discover how it was shaped by world events completely unrelated to art. This concise, informative lecture also discusses the late work of Michelangelo and Raphael, and its inspiration for the Mannerist movement of the 16th century.

“The Place Of the Muses”: A Brief History of the Museum (2 hours)

It would seem as though museums have always been around, but in truth, they’re a fairly recent phenomenon. Beginning with the early proto-museums of the Renaissance, this compact yet comprehensive discussion traces the development of public art institutions, from the “wonder rooms” of the Age of Exploration up through modern times—including the discovery of ancient world’s only known museum.

Seeing Things Our Way: Art as Propaganda (2 hours)

Visual art has arguably been used as a form of propaganda throughout most of its history; the early Greeks employed images as a means for maintaining the power structure. This lecture offers a variety of examples where art has been put in the service of altering public opinion. Special emphasis is placed on the cataclysmic events of the 20th century, and its demand for art capable of mobilizing multitudes—to fight, to survive, to obey.



“Thanks again for a terrific class that I only WISH could have been longer—as someone who spent a career evaluating teachers and courses, I have to say you and yours were among the best I've experienced.”—F.K., Ph.D., Creative Studies, seminar participant


“I'd like to be part of your network because I want to know of any classes you develop in the future. I've just taken your exceptional 6-Hr Art Major and wish it were the 60-Hr Art Major.”—J.H., seminar participant


“Thanks for the great class.  I really do look at paintings differently now!”—H.P., seminar participant


“I studied art at Pratt Institute—this was the best art lecture I ever heard.”—N.J.B., seminar participant


 “Thanks again for a great course this Tuesday.  It was fantastic!”—S.L., seminar participant


“...a natural speaker...”—B.G., Ph.D., seminar participant


“It's hard to find a teacher who inspires his students as he does.”—C.E., seminar participant






Gene Wisniewski,
Apr 26, 2012, 9:10 AM