Learn about the history of dog culture by exploring dog portraits in art history. Explore adorable and influential paintings of dogs, and dogs and their owners by famous artists. Learn how dog art reflects culture and gives insight and inspiration for enjoying life with your pet now!


Course Aims

  • Discover the history of dog portraits, trends in dog art, and who the original dog culture ‘influencers’ were

  • Learn to recognize major art movements including Impressionism, Realism, Grand Manner Portraiture and more

  • Explore dog paintings by famous artists including Edouard Manet, Rosa Bonheur and Edwin Landseer in three categories: family pets, dog portraits and dog and owner look-a-likes

  • Discover how pet culture has evolved over centuries and its influence on dog breeds, dogs in art, and dogs in our lives now

  • Reflect on the bond between you and your dog by exploring the history of relationships between dogs and their owners

What to Expect

  • Top-Dog Content

    Dynamic content including, 30+ images of dog and animal artworks, digital collages, voting polls of favorite artworks, videos, reflection questions and more. Designed to stimulate new ways of thinking about art, dog culture and the bond between you and yours!

  • Flexible Learning

    Course takes between 2 to 3 hours to complete with learning divided into 10-minute segments for ultimate flexibility! Do one segment a day or all at once. Customize your learning path. The course is accessible anytime from a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

  • Fun Activities

    Get involved with course activities that include: voting for your favorite pet paintings in the course, reflection activities that get you thinking in new ways, and a pet portrait challenge with tips for taking the best portraits of your pooch to share.!

What's Included!


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Meet Your Instructor

Hi! I hope you’ll enjoy this course as much as I enjoyed creating it for you! I love art and sharing it with others—and what possibly can be more enjoyable than sharing portraits of dogs? We had a yellow lab while our kids were growing up and I connected more to my memories when exploring the paintings and stories included in the course.

My aim is that you will enjoy learning about phenomenal artists, art movements and famous paintings through the lens of dog art in this course, and that you might even be motivated to create your own pet portraits. I look forward to meeting you in the course community forum and hearing your thoughts!

Learn About Dog Culture and Art!

How has dog culture changed? Which famous artists painted dogs? Find out in this interactive & fast-paced mini-course!

Got Questions?

Got Questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions if you haven’t already, and if you still need help or have a question, no problem, send an email to:

arthistoryforreal@gmail.com

We will get back to you within 24 hours.