Many thanks to Joanne McCabe for sharing this hot tip:
There is a free class called "Introduction to Art: Concepts and Techniques" currently being offered through Coursera.
It's a 7 week long MOOC and is geared for those with little art experience. (Note: I had to go look up MOOC. It stands for "Massive Open Online Course" and it's a college-level class that is offered free of charge on the internet. Coursera is a site that brings together MOOCs from all different universities. I had no idea this existed. My mind was blown. Clearly I've been living under a rock.)
Here's the course description from the website:
"Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques is an art appreciation course created for individuals without any artistic background. This course introduces you to various art movements, cultural influences, artistic genres, artists, and their artwork. The main emphasis of the course is to teach you hands-on studio arts techniques as you conduct personal research and explore your own creativity. While utilizing historical and contemporary art concepts, the course guides you through different time periods. Examining and discussing artwork is a crucial part of this course, encouraging you to express your opinions about art in an intelligent and articulate manner. By the conclusion of the course, you will compile a portfolio of artworks reflective of your research, understanding, creativity, and personal growth."
Lesson 2 is called "Correspondence with memory" and the format of the assignment is mail art! How cool is that?
I just signed up and plan to poke around the course offerings tonight. Not sure how I will approach it, or if it will be valuable to me, but it's free and very intriguing!