Instructor Gene Wisniewski received his art education at the New York Academy of Art, The National Academy of Design, The New School, and L’Ecole Albert Defois in Vihiers, France. He has exhibited in galleries nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He has twenty years’ experience teaching and lecturing on visual art, and is the author of The Art of Looking at Art, released October 4, 2020 by Rowman and Littlefield publishers, an academic press based in Maryland. He is available for private engagements.

VIEW MY PORTFOLIO AT WWW.GENEWISNIEWSKI.COM

“…Wisniewski is a witty storyteller who pauses frequently to share a particularly juicy detail—Neanderthal surprises, animal artists, gruesome cabinets of curiosity, the wonders of rap music, the science of brain waves. Especially moving is Wisniewski’s spotlight on artists who struggled terribly in their lifetime and are now among the most revered…Even scholars will likely learn something new…Recommended. All readers.”

Choice Reviews

“…an entertaining and thought- provoking introduction to the world of art…Highly recommended.”

Journal of Art in Society

“…an ambitious project, but succeeds due to the author’s clear devotion to his subject…inspiring stuff…after reading The Art of Looking at Art for a few chapters, you too will become a ’groupie.’”

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THE SIX-HOUR ART MAJOR: A CONCENTRATED SEMIINAR IN VISUAL ART

While you won’t walk away with an actual diploma, this engaging yet highly informative seminar DOES offer mini-versions of the essential courses included in the typical art major. Besides Art History and Art Appreciation, there are hands-on drawing exercises that demonstrate the thought processes and techniques behind making a piece of art, and a general discussion on developing creativity. NO PREVIOUS ART EDUCATION/TRAINING REQUIRED. Featuring over 250 works of art.


UPCOMING CLASSES AND LECTURES (click on "Class Descriptions" page for further information):


STUIDIO CLASSES:

DRAWING AND PAINTING IN ALL MEDIA

ART IN ALL MEDIA--FREE!


LECTURES:

THE PLACE OF THE MUSES: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM--FREE VIA ZOOM! TWICE!

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN YOU LOOK AT ART--FREE VIA ZOOM! TWICE!

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN YOU LOOK AT ART, LUNCH LECTURE WITH AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING--IN PERSON!

SEEING THINGS OUR WAY: ART AS PROPAGANDA--FREE VIA ZOOM!

THE TUDORS: PORTRAITS AS PROPAGANDA--FREE VIA ZOOM!

ANDY WARHOL: LIFE AND ART--FREE VIA ZOOM!

STUDIO CLASSES:

DRAWING AND PAINTING IN ALL MEDIA

Twelve Wednesdays, September14-December 14, 2022, 10 AM-1 PM, 2-5 PM EXCEPT October 5, November 23

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN, 241 West 72nd St NYC


ART IN ALL MEDIA-FREE!

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM (open)

GODDARD RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER, 593 Columbus Ave NYC

LECTURES AND BOOK TALKS:


“What to Look for When You Look at Art” + author interview about my book The Art of Looking at Art https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538133729/The-Art-of-Looking-at-Art, with verbal swashbuckler Cintra Wilson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cintra_Wilson, author of Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style, Caligula for President: Better American Living Through Tyranny, and other magnum opi. Dedham Public Library, Dedham, MA, July 11, 5:30-8:00 PM, free via Zoom. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-of-looking-at-art-author-talk-with-gene-wisniewski-tickets-374351444247


“The Place of the Muses: A Brief History of the Museum,” Brookdale College, Middletown, NJ, July 28, 6:00-7:30 PM, via Zoom. Register here: https://ce.brookdalecc.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=1111735&selectedProgramAreaId=1014087&selectedProgramStreamId=1138882


“What to Look for When You Look at Art,” Chatham Public Library, Chatham, NJ, Monday, September 19, Thursday, September 29, and Monday, Otober 3, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM ,free via Zoom. Registration info TBA


“What to Look for When You Look at Art” + author talk and book signing (includes lunch), Brookdale College, October 28, 11:45 AM-2:00 PM, in-person. Registration info TBA


“Seeing Things Our Way: Art as Propaganda,” Montclair Public Library, Montclair, NJ, Thursday, September 27, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM ,free via Zoom. Registration info TBA


The Tudors: Art as Propaganda,” Troy Public Library, Troy, MI Thursday, January 19, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM ,free via Zoom. Registration info TBA


Andy Warhol: Life and Art,” Troy Public Library, Troy, MI Thursday, February 2, 2023, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM ,free via Zoom. Registration info TBA


“The Place of the Muses: A Brief History of the Museum,” Troy Public Library, Troy, MI Thursday, March 9, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM ,free via Zoom. Registration info TBA


IN THE WORKS:

Hudson Park Library, New York, NY-Lecture program TBA (Fall 2022)

Queens Public Library, Queens, NY-Lecture program TBA (Fall 2022)

Dolphin Books, Port Washington, NY--Book signing/author talk


AND…you can watch my lecture “Art, Architecture, and the Politics of Grandeur in the Age of Louis XIV” for free anytime on my YouTube channel. This informative and entertaining talk discusses how Louis used not just art and architecture, but fashion, very long walks, and dance steps to keep his courtiers in line. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9h8BqOh5yXAD1DkpA-kjyw

REVIEWS FOR THE SIX-HOUR ART MAJOR:


“Thanks again for a terrific class that I only WISH could have been longer—as someone who spent a career evaluating teachers and courses, I have to say you and yours were among the best I've experienced.”—F.K., Ph.D., Creative Studies, seminar participant

“I'd like to be part of your network because I want to know of any classes you develop in the future. I've just taken your exceptional 6-Hr Art Major and wish it were the 60-Hr Art Major.”—J.H., seminar participant

“Thanks for the great class. I really do look at paintings differently now!”—H.P., seminar participant

“I studied art at Pratt Institute—this was the best art lecture I ever heard.”—N.J.B., seminar participant

“Thanks again for a great course this Tuesday. It was fantastic!”—S.L., seminar participant

“...a natural speaker...”—B.G., Ph.D., seminar participant

“It's hard to find a teacher who inspires his students as he does.”—C.E., seminar participant

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THE SIX-HOUR ART MAJOR HAS BEEN OFFERED AT:


92nd Street Y, New York, NY

92nd Street Y Tribeca, New York, NY

Art Center of the Bluegrass, Danville, KY

Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, NJ

Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge, NJ

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

Caveat, New York, NY

Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ

Chatham Public Library, Chatham, NJ

Creative Center for People With Cancer, New York, NY

Dedham Public Library

Dorot, New York, NY

Elective, New York, NY

Gypsy Yogis, Weehawken, NJ

Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ

Hudson Park Library, New York, NY-

Hunter College, New York, NY

IvyConnect.com, New York, NY

JCC Manhattan, New York, NY

John Jay College, New York, NY

Julia Hough Yoga Studio, Weehawken, NJ

Lehman College, Bronx, NY

Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio

Montclair Public Library, Montclair, NJ

National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY

New York University, New York, NY

Princeton Area Newcomers and Friends, Princeton, NJ

Private

Queens College, Queens, NY

Queens Public Library, Queens, NY

Riverdale Y, Riverdale, NY

Soho House, New York, NY

Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA

SUNY Broome Community College, Dickinson, NY

SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

Symposia Books, Hoboken, NJ

Troy Public Library, Troy, MI

Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY

Westfield Art Association, Westfield, NJ

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood


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