How to Talk About Art: A Beginner's Guide | Learn with Artsy

Artsy's Learning Team and Jordana Zeldin

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7 Videos (31m)
    • Introduction

    • What Is Art?

    • Asking Questions: What We Can See

    • Asking Questions: What We Can't See

    • Finding Art in the World

    • Final Thoughts

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About This Class

If you're new to art, where do you start?

Join Artsy’s Learning Team and Jordana Zeldin for an inviting, 30-minute class on the fundamentals of defining, discussing, and finding contemporary art. This is "Art 101" for our era, opting for straightforward language that everyone — even those who have felt lost or skeptical about contemporary art — can use in their search to engage with art.

Each lesson brings ideas to life with examples from museums, galleries, and even public spaces. You'll learn how to:

  • Identify types of art
  • Look closely, ask questions, and discuss specific works of art
  • Approach art shows in different spaces

Plus, the class resources include additional reading on the artists mentioned in each lesson as well as a downloadable PDF pocket guide of questions to jumpstart your discussion when encountering art in the world.

The goal of this class is to empower you to approach works that may seem intimidating, or to experience art you love in a thoughtful and satisfying way. From sculpture and paintings to performances and film, this class will give you approaches to explain why, enriching your experience of making meaning in art everywhere.


This class is presented in partnership with Artsy, a resource for art collecting and education. Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

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Great quick teaching about how to understand! Jordan's nature takes you in and makes you listen intently and think creatively about what she is relaying, she makes you want to learn more ! Highly recommended.
I use this in my classroom and it has changed and really assisted my high school art student by providing them a language they can understand and use.
Fantastic resource for students and docents, and anyone interested in learning about how to begin looking more deeply and speaking in meaningful ways about art.





Jordana Zeldin is an independent artists' representative, a docent at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Gallery Partnerships Manager at Artsy. Prior to her work with Artsy, she served as Director and Curator at ArtBridge, a nonprofit organization committed to providing emerging artists with large-scale public exhibition opportunities throughout NYC and beyond. She lives in Brooklyn.

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