Five images, from left to right: the marble bust of a young man, a group of women and cherubs looking into a mirror, a person sowing seeds on a field, a hazy but colorful bridge with a city in the background, and a colorful face next to geometric shapes and lines.

Unknown Roman, Youth (detail), 140 CE, Carnegie Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Purchase Fund; Simon Vouet, The Toilet of Venus, c. 1640, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Horace Binney Hare; Jean Francois Millet, The Sower, after 1850, Carnegie Museum of Art, 19th Century or Earlier Painting Purchase Fund and with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel B. Casey and Mr. and Mrs. George L. Craig, Jr.; Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, London, 1903, Carnegie Museum of Art, Acquired through the generosity of the Sarah Mellon Scaife Family; Lucebert, Nein, 1964, Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of James L. Winokur. Courtesy the artist or the artist’s representative/heirs

Crash Course: Ancient to Now – Evening

CMOA Theater

Per class: $75 (Members: $66, Students: $45). Whole series: $255 (Members: $210, Students: $105).

Only offered on occasion, this extensive series of classes focuses on the breadth and depth of CMOA’s world-renowned collection while covering hundreds of years of human creativity. The art and architecture of each historical period responded to and inspired new cultural contributions from people around the world.

Gain deeper insight into these periods of art history as knowledgeable and engaging scholars guide you through the famous, the infamous, and all the artists in between.

Sign up for the whole series, or choose one class that catches your eye. Morning sessions are also available!

Teachers: You can earn Act 48 (external link) activity hours for participating in this program. Email the Teacher Programs Coordinator at to request an application.

Register for the series

Class 1: Athena to Zeus

February 27, March 6, and March 20

Spend the first two weeks discovering art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome as groundwork for week three: representations of mythology in the ancient world.

Class 2: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque

March 27, April 3, and April 10

Begin with the thousand-year period of tremendous triumphs and catastrophes represented in medieval objects. Then, explore art connected to daily life, religion, and the Enlightenment.

Class 3: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism

April 17, April 24, and May 1

Discover significant changes in culture that led to the study of art as a practice. Then dive into the art derived from complex emotional responses to life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Class 4: Monet and His Circle

May 8, May 15, and May 22

Learn about the years leading up to and following Monet’s radical moment when Impressionism was born and discover the influential artists that preceded it.

Class 5: Art After World War

May 29, June 5, and June 12

World War I and II left indelible marks on politics, culture, and the arts. Discover the art of the 20th century in the context of these wars as we discuss art that has challenged and perplexed us, comforted and defined us, and has all the qualities that make us human.

Become a Docent

The entire 15-week series is a prerequisite for CMOA’s volunteer docent program.


Interested in scholarships? Call Program Registration Coordinator at 412.622.3288, or email

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