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How to Value Fine ArtTaught by Erin-Marie Wallace BFA, MA, AU, USPAP

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Painting is easy when you don't know how; but very difficult when you do! (Edgar Degas)

  • Course suitable for all abilities

  • Dating & Assessing the Condition of a Piece of Art

  • How much is it worth?

  • You will finish this course with a simple and tried and tested methodology that leaves you confident in valuing fine art.


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.

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 it’s 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.

The Curriculum

  • 1. 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.

  • 2. 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.

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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