Erin Marie Wallace

How to Value Fine Art

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Course Description

Learn how to value art with Erin-Marie Wallace, expert dealer, auctioneer, appraiser and practicing artist. Erin-Marie will share with you the essential techniques she has honed over 20 years, to give you a logical methodology to realistically value paintings, prints and drawings.

After completing this course you will be equipped with the specific steps to be able to make a rational assessment and feel confident in answering the all-important question ‘how much is it worth?’. You will be equipped to spot ‘Fine Art’ in the most unsuspecting of places.

Throughout the course Erin-Marie will share her techniques using actual art pieces from the field – it is rare you’ll be handed a museum quality piece, with a museum provenance and not know it’s value, so this course will give you realistic examples of the kind of art you will experience in the real-world and art valuation techniques.

This course is a complimentary course to Erin-Marie’s other course The First Principles of Assessing Fine Art. In making a full evaluation of fine art you will need to have a good working knowledge of both the medium and materials used in Fine Art as well as an ability to assess the date and condition of the piece, leading to a realistic assessment of its value.

During this course you will be set optional assignments giving you real life examples to value using the techniques outlined during the course.

Each lesson is accompanied with course notes with handy links to further research resources.

You'll learn:

  • How to value art - paintings, prints and drawings
  • Assessing the condition and heritage of works of art
  • Dating art works
  • Methodology and techniques to work out "how much is it worth"

Time to complete this assessing fine art course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 3 hours 20 minutes to complete including:

  • Video lesson: 1 hour 20 minutes in total
  • Assignment: at least 1 hour per lesson

You'll need:

You don't need any special equipment, but you will be identifying and analysing art works.

The course is suitable for all levels - beginners to art experts who want to learn from a specialist.

The course includes:

  • On-demand video lessons - presented by Erin-Marie Wallace
  • lifetime access to the video, notes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical (optional) art valuation projects
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom chat online to students from around the world

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Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from Erin-Marie and questions.

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CPD Accreditation

Course activity has been accredited by the CPD Standards Office (CPDSO). The course equates to 3 hours, 20 minutes of CPD learning.
The CPD Standards Office. CPD Provider: 50276.

Course outline

  • Dating & Assessing the Condition of a Piece of Art

    In this lesson you will learn to train your eye to look closely at the specific visual details in a work of art to find your first clues as to when it was made. You will learn to interrogate their clothing, the architecture, furniture – anything that changes with times and tastes to help you accurately date a painting, print or drawing. You will examine how to assess the condition of a painting, print or drawing and how to analyse it for damage, restoration or conservation.

  • How much is it worth?

    In this lesson Erin-Marie brings together all you have learnt to give you practical techniques to assess how much a piece of art is actually worth. You do this by combining simple research methods using both modern technology and traditional sources all of which can be accessed from wherever you are in the world. You will finish this course with a simple and tried and tested methodology that leaves you confident in valuing fine art.

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  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Erin Marie Wallace

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 2 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 2 assignments marked by Erin Marie Wallace
    • Certificate of completion and CPD hours
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 2 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 2 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 2 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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Meet Erin Marie Wallace

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Erin-Marie Wallace BFA, MA

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 design from Sotheby’s Institute, London, and is a USPAP certified appraiser. She has extensive, international experience evaluating fine and decorative art for fair market or insurance values; she can teach you how to tell the difference between ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Just Art.’

After completing her master’s degree, Erin-Marie guided an international roster of clients as they acquired and developed collections of British ceramics and art pottery. She then worked as the Director of the Fine Art Program for a nationally televised auction house. In addition to presenting on-air, she was responsible for collection management, cataloging and evaluation of all fine and decorative art. Following that appointment, she was the CEO and lead auctioneer of Rare-Era, an international auction house and appraisal firm that she founded. The firm specialized in buying and selling fine and decorative art all over the world. Additionally, her cataloging expertise was consulted by auction houses and businesses (i.e. Jasper52, Lofty). She is a subject matter expert (SME) in fine art and ceramics and has managed and advised private and public collections worldwide.

Presently she works for an independent, international appraisal firm assisting clients who need valuations of items for estate, donation, gift tax and insurance purposes.

Her background includes first-hand knowledge of paintings, prints and drawings, ceramics and fine art mediums. Erin-Marie wants you to know that, “These experiences ensure a comprehensive knowledge of the art market and art history; I welcome you to the class and look forward to our conversations.”

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Awards & Accreditations

  • CPD Accredited (provider 50276)
  • Good Web Guide
  • Red Herring Winner
  • Education Investor Awards 2021 - Finalist
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Digital Health and Wellbeing Learning Product of the Year
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Adult Home Learning Product of the Year