Escape into the world of decorative arts. This intensive course offers an in-depth, two-week study of domestic furnishings made or used in America. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in American decorative arts, content for the course centers on the Winterthur collection, the world's largest assemblage of decorative arts made or used in America between 1640 and 1860. Our unique program offers access to the top scholars in the decorative arts field and we also offer small group workshops with those same scholars that pursue that morning’s lecture topic in greater detail. All the workshops offer a unique experience in which you have access to both a top decorative arts scholar and up-close contact with Winterthur objects.
The course includes an orientation to Winterthur and an introduction to the principles of connoisseurship. Students also utilize resources in the Winterthur library. The program also includes field trips to local historic sites.
Sessions take place in classrooms, period rooms, and the exhibition areas of Winterthur. Classes are held five days a week from approximately 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Each day begins with lectures by Winterthur staff and/or guest speakers.
By application only. Call 302.888.4786 for more information. $1600
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