Art History Classes

VMFA Art History Classes provide adult audiences with the opportunity to investigate the history of art through dynamic and interactive lectures, gallery visits and discussions. For ages 16 and over.

2019 Fall Classes
Fall class Registration begins Aug 5 for current VMFA members and Aug 12 for non-members.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds unless VMFA cancels a class. VMFA will cancel a class if 12 students are not enrolled one week before the start date.


[65] Edifice to the Living Faith: The Churches of Medieval France

Wed, Oct 2Nov 6, 2–3 pm (6 sessions) | Pauley Center, Parlor
DR. DONALD SCHRADER, Adjunct Professor of Art History, University of Mary Washington

From earliest times, religion was central to the very concept of the French state. And the foremost expression of faith n medieval France was architecture–the creation of increasingly grand structures that not only served as facilities for salvation but also as tangible proof of belief, visible on earth and from heaven itself. This course will explore the ever-increasing dignity and grandeur of sacred architecture in France of the Middle Ages, from the empire of Charlemagne to the sudden explosion of Romanesque building in the 12th century.

$95 (VMFA members $80)


[67] Edward Hopper and the Space In Between

Tue, Dec 3, 1 – 2:30 pm | Conference Suite & Galleries
DR. SARAH POWERS, Curatorial Research Specialist for the exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Edward Hopper divided his time between his New York studio, located on Washington Square, and a cottage he built on a beach in South Truro, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The act of shuttling between these two sites of creativity meant that Hopper developed a love for the road and mobility at a time when our national identity was wrapped up in a highway culture wanderlust. In this course, explore Hopper's depictions of the city, the country, and the space in between. This class will include a tour of the special exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel with the instructor.

$25 (VMFA members $20)


[68] Edward Hopper and the Space In Between

Thu, Dec 5, 6 – 7:30 pm | Conference Suite & Galleries
DR. SARAH POWERS, Curatorial Research Specialist for the exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Edward Hopper divided his time between his New York studio, located on Washington Square, and a cottage he built on a beach in South Truro, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The act of shuttling between these two sites of creativity meant that Hopper developed a love for the road and mobility at a time when our national identity was wrapped up in a highway culture wanderlust. In this course, explore Hopper's depictions of the city, the country, and the space in between. This class will include a tour of the special exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel with the instructor.

$25 (VMFA members $20)