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Decorative Arts Sampler: A Virtual Summer Course

July 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you love Antiques Roadshow and Flea Market Flip? Do you wish you knew more about the antiques and collectibles you encounter in museums, shops, and your own home? The Concord Museum is here to help!

The Concord Museum is offering an introductory, five-week decorative arts study centering on the Museum’s vast collection of treasured objects from July 28 through August 25, 2021.

The decorative arts course includes an orientation to the Concord Museum and an introduction to the principles of connoisseurship and the handling of objects made or used in New England from the colonial era until the early twentieth century. Each session includes a lecture from curator David Wood or curatorial associate Erica Lome and will be livestreamed from the Museum’s Lisa A. Foote History Learning Center. Guided “close looking” activities will include a video feed detailing the featured objects being shown by the curators. Participants will closely examine objects from the Museum collection to learn to identify their material, technical, and stylistic properties.

The Museum’s decorative arts study will introduce students to fundamental techniques for evaluating objects, including ceramics, metalwork, furniture, textiles, and works on paper. Each category poses specific criteria in terms of manufacture, dating, regional style, and authenticity. By the end of the course, participants will gain an understanding of these fundamentals and a set of skills they can use in their daily lives. The program schedule is every Wednesday, from July 28 through August 25, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Topics include: July 28- Ceramics; August 4- Furniture; August 11- Metalwork; August 18- Textiles and August 25- Works on Paper.

For more information and how to register: This program will be held virtually over Zoom. Students can register for the full course or individual sessions. The cost of the full five-session course is $65 ($50 for members). Individual sessions cost $16 ($12 for members) Participants enrolled in the entire course will receive a copy of the Concord Museum’s award-winning decorative arts catalog Decorative Arts from a New England Collection.

To register and for more information please go to: www.concordmuseum.org


July 28
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Concord Museum
200 Lexington Rd
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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