Educational Programs | October 2, 2015

International Society of Appraisers to Hold 7-Day Survey Courses in Fine Art & Antiques in October

Chicago, IL (September 2015)—Antique dealers, art gallerists, estate sale professionals, and scholars considering adding appraising to their professional skillset should look no further than the International Society of Appraisers’ (ISA) intensive, week-long, specialized foundation survey courses held in suburban Chicago in October.  These on-site courses, held in an interactive classroom setting, promote peer collaboration while learning critical identification, evaluation, and market research skills. Taught by ISA's most experienced instructors and respected certified appraisers, ISA's coursework has earned high-praise as the "gold-standard" in training personal property appraisers.   

ISA’s Appraisal of Fine Art Course
October 19 - 25, 2015
Northern Illinois University - Naperville Campus
Naperville, Illinois
$1,300 ISA members / $1,585 nonmembers
Registration closes October 9

Description: The Appraisal of Fine Arts course emphasizes the primary categories of fine art frequently encountered by appraisers and dealers: paintings, sculpture, works on paper, frames, and photography. Course participants will learn how to identify, research, and evaluate various forms of art work; distinguish various print processes, properly describe art works using the correct vocabulary; and will also receive an overview of art history and art conservation. A field trip to local museums provides students with close exposure to the property categories being studied. For those seeking accreditation, a post-course appraisal assignment is required, and an exam will be held on the final day. Breakfast and lunch each day is included in the course fee. 

ISA’s Antiques and Residential Contents Course

October 26 - November 1, 2015 
Northern Illinois University - Naperville Campus 
Naperville, Illinois

$1,300 ISA members / $1,585 nonmembers
Registration closes October 16 

Description: The Antiques and Residential Contents Course provides information necessary to properly identify and value items within the broad category of antiques and residential contents. Focus is on skill building around analysis of construction and manufacturing; as well as identification of quality, age, and design characteristics of periods and styles. Concepts discussed in class will be reinforced with hands on exercises.  Research, identification, inspection and report writing tips for the appraiser are also discussed. Course sections include furniture (English/American focus), ceramics, glass, silver, toys and dolls, prints, books, textiles, vintage fashions and general household contents among others. The course includes an off-site field trip. For those seeking accreditation, a post-course appraisal assignment is required, and an exam will be held on the final day. Breakfast and lunch each day is included in the course fee. 

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Successful completion of the Fine Art or Antiques and Residential Contents courses can be used as credit toward fulfilling the required classroom hour requirements for ISA accreditation. For more information on these courses, as well as a look at ISA’s full educational offering, visit  For more information about ISA's qualifying criteria, or about becoming an ISA appraiser please contact the ISA at 312.981.6778 or

The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is the largest of the professional personal property appraisal associations, representing the highest trained and most rigorously tested independent personal property appraisers in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1979, the ISA is a nonprofit, member-driven organization, formed to support member needs and enhance public trust by producing qualified and ethical appraisers who are recognized authorities in personal property appraising. For more information, please visit