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Discover the beauty in art history as you develop your drawing and painting skills. We'll be inspired by great artists like Michelangelo, DaVinci, Homer, Peale, Van Gogh, Matisse, and much more! Students will create their own unique illustrated art history books.

In this class, students will come to appreciate the great artists and art movements and understand their relationship to world events. They will learn to "read" a painting, and recognize the art styles and periods. They will learn drawing and painting techniques and create 30 pieces of art in an art journal. They can ask questions and get feedback on their art using our private online forum. At the end of the year, they will have their own illustrated art history portfolio which is sure to impress! 


Meets weekly for an hour and a half

15 weeks per semester

Fall 2024 Sessions will be:

Mondays at 11:30am EST

Tuesdays at 1:30pm EST

Thursdays at 11:30pm EST

Early Bird Prices:

$349 per semester*

$639 for the full year*

Pay for the full year and save!

*These prices include the registration fee.

Registration fee is non-refundable.

*Prices good until July 15.

(Prices increase by $20 after July 15.)

Can't make the times listed above?

Email Courtney@delightfulartclass to be added to a waitlist for another session to be opened. (It takes 6 students to open another session.) If that doesn't work, consider the self-paced option:


Fall Semester:

Start: Week of Aug. 26

Fall Break: Week of Oct. 14

Last week of class: week of Dec. 9

Spring Semester:

Start: Week of Jan. 13

Spring Break: week of Mar 10

Last week of Class: April 28

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There is an additional fee for dual enrollment in addition to tuition. Click the box for details.

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PLUS: 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.

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 you cannot make the sessions offered. If we have 6 or more students interested in another session, we will open another.


Or, students can attend another session using the same Zoom link.

Each class begins with a "Get-to-know-you" question then a review of student work. Courtney will do a short devotion and an art history talk. She demonstrates either a drawing or a painting technique, then introduces the student challenge for the week: an original composition using the skills introduced and content inspired by the artist studied.

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.

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!"

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 in the top menu bar)

You Probably already have these things at home:

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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Email Courtney Sanford:

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