Course Description:

Art is a mystery that keeps us questioning its meaning while enjoying its beauty, magnificence and creativity. Depending on our knowledge, art vision, mood and personal interests, understanding a work of art through our eyes varies a great deal from one person to another. In other words, when recognizing and noticing the art around us in every detail, each viewer will have a different perspective. On this exciting journey, that will last three hours for two days, the participants will learn to discover the secrets of art and understand how to express this in words. This course will help artists, art critics, writers and art appreciators to explore the experience of viewing art and it will take them on an emotional journey through the art, where they will discover how far they can go in the exploration of the soul of art.


Learning Objectives:

  • To develop critical thinking skills with the help of images.
  • To practice various teaching and learning techniques in regards to discovering and understanding art.
  • To observe the skills and knowledge needed for people interested in interpreting art.
  • To grow their individual understanding of art.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Examining an art work in depth in order to discover its soul and meaning.
  • Acknowledging how art opens itself to diverse interpretations.
  • Practicing creative art work skills in order to gain the confidence and fluency needed for explaining art to others in an expressive way.


Interests / Target Audience:
Artists, curators, art and culture managers, art critics and writers, art students, art fans, art appreciators.


Recommended for:
Artists, art and culture managers, art critics and writers, art students, art observation, art appreciation, art criticism.
From beginners to experts in terms of experience in arts, this course is open to all people interested in understanding art in new ways.


An Paenhuysen

Dr. An Paenhuysen is one of the most enthusiastic professionals about art and creativity. She is a freelance writer, curator, and arts educator. She has curated exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin. Moreover, she coordinated the exhibition Gesture Sign Art, Deaf Culture / Hearing Culture in Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin. Furthermore, with her gifted creativity, she published a book about the Belgian avant-garde. In addition, she has written for exhibition catalogs and for art magazines such as Spex, Artslant, and WhiteHotMagazine.

An Paenhuysen

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