Answers to Questions!

If your question is not answered here, please send it to us at the Reach Us link


I‘ve never understood how art could be taught online! Why reduce such a glorious subject to a small two dimensional screen? What’s the point?

Such an important question --- unless we’re focusing on digital art how can we begin to experience the materiality of art objects in this way? But this video-based course is designed to prepare the student for the experiences of close looking. Specific skills to develop patient viewing are emphasized. Visual literacy for instance is a learned skill; comparative analysis requires practice; reflection requires knowledge about art and its histories combined with attentive observation. But your point is important. This is why the eight assignments in the series, each requiring written responses and at least once, a sketch, ask students to get away from their screens and be in the presence of real art --- in museums, on downtown walls, at airports, on building facades, in corporate collections, in special exhibitions, parks, galleries, etc..


If I approach your website as a person interested in specific art...  could I ask a question and have it answered?

You can email your specific art question to us at the Reach Us link and we will either provide an answer or direct you to a useful website.


Can an educational institution upload the series into their own course management software if they purchase The Art of Looking series?

Yes, but in this situation the institution pays a leasing fee and signs a lease agreement with Anne Jeffrey & Associates. In this example students would purchase their own copy of The Art of Looking DVDs which includes the Study Guide.


What are the costs for an educational institution, I’m still not clear—

An educational institution is responsible for signing a Use Agreement with Anne Jeffrey & Associates and purchasing a copy of The Instructor’s Guide to the Art of Looking for a nominal fee.


Can a casual (not for credit) student purchase only those Units of interest?

The series is designed to progressively enrich looking skills across time and cultures.  Major works are explored comparatively. Individual Units do not for instance focus on a single period in art history such as the Renaissance, 17th Century Dutch Painting or Greek and Roman art.


If the series is used online for college credit, what’s the role of an instructor?

The video-based series and the accompanying Study Guide provide a framework for instruction. An individual instructor adds his or her own teaching interests and strategies. The instructor hired by the institution will create his or her own course syllabus and design assessments such as quizzes and exams within the course management shell. Instructors may also decide to grade and provide feedback for written work such as essays and reports.

Located within the 6 Units of The Art of Looking are up to eight assessments, each requiring written responses --- but instructors may indeed create their own, along with additional class readings, discussion groups, web research, etc

Is there a dedicated textbook for the series?

We’ve prepared a 45 page, illustrated Study Guide, which we include with the purchase of The Art of Looking DVDs. Unit by Unit and section by section descriptions support student learning. Image lists, clarification of issues and questions raised in the series, study suggestions, useful websites and a bibliography of sources are also included.


There are also many textbooks on the market which introduce students to art and its histories and contain beautiful color reproductions of some of the works we study. Good digital images can also be viewed, along with discussions and text at

From my quick perusal of your website, i got the impression the course can be implemented following different presentation  models…  with an instructor/leader onsite or simply by group collaboration and this correct?

Excellent question. One of the strengths of The Art of Looking video content is adaptability to various learning situations and experiences. Similar to individuals coming together in a book club, the video-based series functions as a basis for group discussions, gallery visits, museum trips, etc.


If an informal study group, club, or home school parent decides to use The Art of Looking content as a course of part of an enrichment program is there any kind of fee?

 No, only the purchase of the DVD set which includes the Study Guide to the Art of Looking is needed.

 We have limited aesthetic views and sites on the island where I live...... not too many historical monuments... or great galleries either.


How do we adjust for this!

The fact you’re on this website shows you have a serious interest in art! Learning about art and art making in all its manifestations is a life-long study --- and art is not found only in museums and galleries.

 Keeping a journal to record reflections, observations, responses to issues and questions raised throughout the series will be useful for when you or your group visits a gallery, monuments, etc. As far as assignments go, if no “live” art of any kind is available, online museum visits and an introductory art history textbook will provide a temporary solution!


Is there a set timeframe in which this course is to be done?

 If you are taking this course online or in the classroom with an instructor, the instructor will create a syllabus which will include a class schedule. If you are an individual or informal group, follow the course at your own pace.


Does everyone have to do the assignments?

Again, whether you are taking the course formally for credit or as a self-directed learner determines the answer. For the self-paced learner I would still recommend completing the assignments. Each is designed to practice active looking skills and to stimulate critical thought, visual literacy and discussion. Sketching an architectural feature for instance guides the eye to often missed detail.


Can I buy only the Instructor Guide or only the Study Guide?

 No. These resources are designed to complement the series.