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Year-long class: 30 weeks

Live online for 1.5 hours  each week

Each Class consists of:

   Art History (How to READ a painting)

Worldview/ Philosophy

History Related to the Artist

   Reviews of Student Work

   Drawing Lesson,  Painting Lesson

   A Short Devotion

No prior art experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Dual enrollment option (for an additional fee)

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Dual enrollment for fall 2023 is closed. 
Spring Semester DE is still available.


Bryan College offers a $500/year scholarship to students who have completed Paint Your Way Through Art History and later go to Bryan College. Request a certificate of completion from to send to your admissions counselor. You do not have to have done the dual enrollment to qualify.


All times are Eastern Standard Time (East Coast)

Choose one session to attend live each week:

Monday Noon EST to 1:30 FULL*   

Monday 3:00 to 4:30 Eastern time ALMOST FULL

Tuesday 1:00 to 3:30 Eastern Time 

Taught by Courtney Sanford, author of "Marvelous to Behold", "Reflections on Art History", and "Draw Your Way into the Woods" and adjunct professor at Bryan College.

* Email if the session you need is full.


Paint Your Way Through Art History is the most important art class to take. I begin with cave paintings and go through all the big art movements to the present and discuss worldview/philosophy and history related to the paintings. For example, Monet’s daughter was captured and tortured by the Nazis in WWII and he stayed in France when all the other modern artists fled…Georgia’ O’keeffe’s brother was killed in the trenches in WWI. (Plus happier stories, like the rise of the Renaissance and the Dutch Golden Age.) It helps students see how the current worldview got to the point that it is and helps them choose a Biblical worldview intentionally and not get sucked into the current worldview. 

The Companion book, Reflections on Art History will be used in this class. It isn't required, but it is very helpful. You can find the book in the SHOP (check the top menu bar for SHOP) 

Students provide their own art supplies. If you shop by clicking the links at the right, Delightful Art Co. will get a commission which we will use to help reach more Christian art students.

This class goes well with Classical Conversation's Challenge II's Western Cultural History strand. The 12 artists in Challenge 2 are covered in this class. (You do not need to be in Classical Conversations to take the class.)


Students will need a laptop with a camera and mic with which they will participate in class discussions and show their artwork. 


Note: tuition is per student. If siblings take the class, they both pay tuition.​​

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Videos are intended for use by the purchaser only. Not intended for sharing outside your family with others or showing in a group setting. If you wish to watch the videos with others outside your family, please have all students pay for the class. These videos are not intended to be shown during Challenge II. By purchasing the course, you agree to these terms and conditions.


REGISTRATION FEE (included in the price of the class: $80 if you pay for the year in full or $50 per semester if you pay per semester)

IS NON-REFUNDABLE. Transfers between sessions of the same class are possible if space allows.


What students are saying about this class:


"There's so many styles and ideas and things to try! It helped me grow in my art and learn about history at the same time."


"I loved learning about how the artists tied into history and linked up with each other - but also I loved painting, getting new ideas and opportunities, and getting feedback on it."


"I loved the history aspect of it, but I also really loved the chatting and intimacy of the class."


"The teacher is insanely nice and at the end of the class you’ve learned more about art history than you knew there even was."


"Honestly my favorite part was at the end when I could talk to Mrs. Sanford and create a bond and share my art."


"It's a very fun class and you learn about art history in depth!"


"I have improved a lot over these semesters with Mrs. Sanford. I have learned so much about all kinds of techniques and had so much fun along the way!"


"Mrs. Sanford is an excellent teacher and everyone should give her classes a try!"


"The historical context coupled with the emphasis on technique makes for a truly fresh perspective on the vast realm of art."


"The teacher is great and the projects are fun."


"I love painting, but I really liked branching out and trying drawing. I learned alot of technique. Really liked the history too."

"I liked hearing about the lives of the artists because it gave me an entirely new understanding and perspective of the painting! I really enjoyed being able to share the paintings with everyone else on the website I love my teacher and the people in my class and I am so grateful the we have the technology to be able to learn like this! Especially since I am all the way on the other side of the world!"

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Supply List (You may make substitutions)
Strathmore Hard Back, Mixed Media Art Journal 11 x 14

Acrylic Paint in 5 colors: Mars Black, titanium white, Phthalo Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue

Fine tip black felt tip pen, and wide tip like a Sharpie

Variety of brushes including a 1 inch flat and a size 8 round

Colored Markers, any brand

Colored paper: construction paper or scrapbooking paper

Gold foil sheets or flakes

White Gesso (a primer)

Drawing pencils in a variety of hardness

Blending Tool

White eraser and needed eraser

Charcoal pencil or stick

Ruler (a 14 inch if you can find it)

The book: "Reflections on Art History" (available only on this website SHOP above)


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Jar for rinse water

Poster board to protect your table

Plastic plate for mixing paint

Paper towel or rag

Sketch book or copy paper

Container to keep everything in

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Students enrolled in Paint Your Way Through Art History can get college credit through Bryan College.

Click the graphic for more information.

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