Does one need formal art training to be an artist? This course looks at art produced outside the Academy, exploring how untrained artists engaged in the visual arts at home or in small communities. Centering on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, students examine a variety of media, from collage, extra-illustration, and amateur printmaking to home-crafted ceramic painting, embroidery, and shellwork. Students investigate how gender, age, wealth, and status impacted the production of these art forms. Additionally, students also explore how professional artists dabbled in “amateur” or “craft” art, such as the Tile Club in New York.
Women in Art