Course about art – learn how to analyze the 3 main categories of art in this online course


Course about art:

Want to know how to analyze works of art? How to read, analyze and interpret a work of art in its formal and symbolic aspects. What are the details to take into account in painting, sculpture and architecture?

The course about art – Analysing art – fee includes 24-hour access for an unlimited time to:

  • Lessons for each theme of the program
  • Downloadable texts
  • Explanatory videos
  • Evaluation (1 final questionnaire)
  • Certificate.

Learning Objectives of this course about art

course about artDistinguishing concepts of interpretation and description when reading a work of art.

◌ Identifying and describing characters and scenarios in an objective and clear way.

◌ Distinguishing objective reading of subjective reading.

◌ Identifying and recognising the importance of literary and graphic sources for the interpretation of works of art anda art analysis .

◌ Identifying the necessary elements for the description and interpretation of a work of art, according to its nature (painting, sculpture or architecture).

Who should take this Course?

The course is addressed to students and professionals of the world of the arts, critics, historians and art historians, conservationists and restorers and all those interested in exploring the topic.

No access requirements


Certificado de Formação. Entidade CertificadaAt the end of the course, a training certificate will be issued .

We are a training entity certified by DGERT – Training Entity Certificate No. 1800/2015 – so the certificate has international validity.



Yolanda Silva

Graduated in Art History (Faculdade de Letras of the University of Porto). Her career led her to work at the Municipal Historical Archive of Porto and the Museum of ISEP, with inventory and conservation of Photographic collections. She wandered around the world of antiquaries and tourism, until becoming a professional trainer/tutor, dedicating herself to the areas of Art History, Iconography and Conservation of Photography. She currently works at the Department of Culture of Porto, within the scope of Heritage. Has several written works / published in the areas of Art History, Iconography and Conservation.


1 – Analysing art

a)      Reading / Interpreting

b)      Writing about Art: concepts of visual rhetoric and visual literacy

2 – Painting

Elements of formal analysis

1. Identification;

2. Technical data;

3. Thematic;

4. Function;

5. Structure (basic and essential considerations);

6. Composition

  • Contents: iconography and symbolism
  • Thematic categories in painting
  • Practical analysis of a painting (Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, by Thomas Gainsborough)

3 – Sculpture

Elements of formal analysis

1. Identification;

2. Technical and structural data;

3. Thematic;

4. Function;

5. Composition.

  • Types of sculpture
  • Practical analysis of a sculpture (Funerary lion (unknown author; c. 350 BC).

4 – Architecture

Elements of formal analysis

1. Identification;

2. Construction function or purpose;

3. Structure;

4. Relationship between function and structure;

5. Relationship between the history and geography of the construction site and architectural forms.

  • Practical analysis of an architectural work (Central Tejo, Lisbon)

Also available in 2 courses packs


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