Space, Gallery, Image, Photography



This course will be offered in a future semester

Look carefully! What makes a work of art convincing? Art is based on observation, and this course is designed to sharpen your observation skills and develop an enhanced eye for art. No background knowledge of art is needed. Participants will be asked to carefully study artworks, exploring such things as the stories they tell, their meanings, their many techniques and styles of representation (i.e., reality versus imagination), and their similarities and differences.  The instructor will provide relevant information to help in the observation process, and students will present their detailed observations to the group. It is important that participants plan to attend all five classes since the complexity of observation skills will increase with sequential sessions.


Herbert Diamond is a retired academic physician who taught observation skills to medical students and residents. He is also a collector of 19th century French art, along with early 20th century American abstract and modernist art. He combined this background to develop this course in using art to teach observation skills, and has given this course to residents and adult learners in Pittsburgh and the Berkshires.

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