Overview

Go behind the scenes in a conservator’s lab and explore the history, care, and valuation of art objects in a hands-on learning environment.

Students enrolled in this Exploration course will survey the fields of art history, art conservation, and art appraisal, focusing on how the history and condition of artworks influence both their physical care and their value in the global art market. Guided by expert educators and leaders in the field, our Exploration courses focus on the intersectionality between topics. In this course, students will gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on the historical context of art objects, how those objects are preserved for future generations, and the key factors professional appraisers use when determining the value of art in museums, galleries, auction houses, and private collections.

Our multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new, and prepare for college. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Exploration program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Site visits may include:

  • Sotheby’s auction house
  • Art conservation labs
  • Art appraisal firms
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • The Frick Collection
  • Art galleries and art gallery neighborhoods
  • Artists’ studios

Guest speakers may include:

  • Art appraisers
  • Museum curators
  • Gallery directors
  • Art conservators
  • Art historians
  • Artists

Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Cost and Session Information

PRICE: $4,995* ($5,595* for residential students)

DATES: July 19 - July 31

TYPE: Exploration

LOCATION: New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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