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Improve your English language skills through tours of New York City’s top galleries and art museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. This course will place participants in front of works of art to hone both general English-language skills as well as the specific vocabulary needed to talk about art. Participants will improve their ability to describe and analyze works of art in English by explaining genres, materials, techniques, composition, artistic intention, subject matter, and more. On-site lectures will reinforce how to talk about art, how to translate and express abstract ideas, and how to address common grammatical challenges experienced with English as a second language (ESL) while speaking in both group and individual contexts.

What you will learn...

  • To develop English speaking skills, especially with regards to vocabulary used for discussing works of art
  • To speak confidently about art in various settings, such as museums, galleries, and classrooms, both individually and in groups
  • To strengthen knowledge of general art history
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    1-week course
    July 29–August 2, 2019
    Monday–Friday; 2:30 PM–5:00 PM

  • Faculty


    Karen Kedmey 

    Click here to view all of our faculty members. Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders, and professional experts in the art world.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Basic Vocabulary Needed to Describe a Work of Art as well as Art World Specific Terminology

    • How Art Has Affected Language and How Language Has Affected Art

    • How Cultural Perspectives Can Change the Way an Artwork Is Described

    • The Benefits and Challenges of Translation

    • How to Talk About Genres, Materials, Techniques, Composition, and Subject Matter in English

    • How to Express Abstract Ideas

    These topics are subject to change.
  • Further Program Details

    Further Program Details

    Summer - New York is part of Sotheby's Institute's continuing education programming and offers short, non-credit courses. We encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to some of the questions you may have about summer courses in New York, including international concerns and basic course advisement.

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment


    Add a second Summer New York course at a reduced rate:

    • Additional 4-week course +$3450 ($5100 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$2050 ($3700 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($3000 Total)

    Tuition includes classroom and program lectures, site visits, and additional programming.
    Tuition does not include accommodation or travel.

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  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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