Art, History & Culture Classes

Europe 101: Art and History for Travelers

Get a crash course in ancient Greek life, medieval feudalism, Gothic architecture, Renaissance art, and plenty more. Learn how and why things were done — from castle construction to elegant court life to the rise of Venice to the fall of Rembrandt.

European Architecture for Travelers

From the Colosseum to the Eiffel Tower to the Guggenheim Bilbao, every building tells a story. We'll help you learn how to recognize various architectural styles as well as understand and appreciate Europe's treasure trove of great buildings and monuments.

Europe's Musical History Tour

Join us for an overview of Europe's great composers, from Bach to Beethoven to Mozart and more. We'll learn about how their music reflects — and influenced — the art, architecture, and culture of their times.

Italy's Art Treasures

Italy is packed with art and cultural sights, from Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus to the Sistine Chapel and St. Mark's Basilica. We'll learn all about Italy's best-known art treasures — the ones most first-time travelers to Italy want to see.

Michelangelo's Italy

Michelangelo Buonarroti — sculptor, painter, architect, and poet — was both prolific and well-traveled. We'll trace the life, work, and travels of "Earth's Greatest Artist," visiting the Italian cities where he created his masterpieces.

Paris Beyond the Basics: Museums & Architecture

Learn more about the beautiful, challenging, fascinating art you'll find in the many incredible museums in the City of Lights — from the must-sees in the Louvre and Orsay museums to some lesser-known treats. We'll also take a look at the important architectural styles that give Paris' streets their unique and dazzling style.

Picasso for Travelers

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, considered by many to be greatest artist of the 20th century, once said, "Art is a lie that shows us the truth." Learn about Picasso's colorful life and the many museums throughout Europe where you can find his art.