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Assessing Fine ArtTaught by Erin-Marie Wallace BFA, MA, AU, USPAP

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My experiences ensure a comprehensive knowledge of art market and art history; I welcome you to the class and look forward to our conversations.”

Erin-Marie Wallace BFA, MA, AU, USPAP
  • Course suitable for all abilities

  • Distinguishing the Different Painting and Drawing Mediums

  • De-mystifying the Print Mediums


Online Art Classification Course

Learn the techniques of the trade to quickly and concisely evaluate a painting, print or drawing from Erin Marie-Wallace expert dealer, auctioneer, appraiser and practicing artist. Erin-Marie will teach you her first-hand knowledge which has been gleaned from over 20 years working in the field and will share with you the processes that she has refined, that will enable you to make a logical, rational assessment based on materials, age, condition and provenance.

The most important thing you can learn in this field is how to distinguish and describe the major painting and print-making mediums. An oil painting, versus a lithograph versus an offset lithograph, all have a different value and the first step is to know what you are looking at. This course covers the mediums and genres most commonly seen in the Western tradition of Paintings, Prints and Drawings dating from the Renaissance until the present day. With each medium, you will learn about its history and development so that you become confident in recognizing them.

At the end of this course it will not matter where it’s lurking, in a crowded market, a busy auction house, dusty attic or online venue, you will be equipped with a tried and true way of classifying ‘Fine Art’; and to separate it from ‘Just Art’. Erin-Marie will share how she has found fine art lurking in some of the most unsuspecting of places, and will give you the tools to help you assess a great find.

This course is comprised of two lessons and is suitable for anyone starting out on investing in art or the enthusiastic collector who is keen on firming up their knowledge. Assessing art starts with the requirement to be able to distinguish the major painting and print making mediums. Firm in this knowledge you will then be able to go on to Erin Marie’s more advanced course teaching her process for assessing the true value of fine art. An informed buyer is a smart buyer.

What You Will Learn

  • Distinguishing the Different Painting and Drawing Mediums

    This lesson will teach you the necessary knowledge and tools to recognize the difference between paintings and drawings; oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, graphite, charcoal, chalks and ink. You will learn how to recognise the mediums by learning about their development in history and be equipped to understand their relevance in evaluating a piece of art.

  • De-mystifying the Print Mediums

    In this lesson Erin-Marie will unveil how to recognise the different print mediums, the process, the types and the edition numbers. You will learn how to recognise the major print-making techniques and their relevant value in the market. Erin-Marie will cover Intaglio, Stone Lithograph, Stencil, Offset Lithographs so that you can have a deep knowledge of the difference between the good, the bad and the utterly worthless. You will learn the difference between Limited, Original and Reproduction prints, and specific edition types such as Hors Commerce, Printer’s Proof, Épreuve d'artiste and bon á tirer. Crucially you will learn to compare and contrast the market desirability of these mediums and how to spot the uncommonly rare from the commonly common.

Meet your expert tutor

Erin-Marie Wallace BFA, MA, AU Erin-Marie is an experienced arts professional with an infectious enthusiasm for clients and collections. She holds a Master’s Degree in Fine and Decorative Art and De...read more

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