Art & Culture Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis- Cultural History of Wine in Western Art

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Fri., Jan. 30 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $35
Through illustrations of works of art we study the origins of winein Mesopotamia, its use in secular revelry in the Greco-Roman world and sacred ritual celebrations that begin with early Christianity and continue through the Renaissance and well beyond. We see how the hedonistic expression “Carpe Diem” becomes the admonishing phrase “Vanitas” in the seventeenth century. In Vino Veritas! -- compare Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” with Edvard Munch’s “The Hangover.”

Class: Kerrin Meis- Celebrating the de Young: Great American and Modernist Art

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Four Fridays: Feb. 6-27 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $140

Study the masterworks for which the de Young is famous. We begin with Copley, move on to West, Stuart, Vanderlyn et al, view the landscapes of Bierstadt, Church and Keith, study Bingham and Johnson, and marvel trompe l’oeil canvases of Harnett and Peto. The American Realists and Impressionists round out our tour of the 19th century. We then revel in 20th century works by Bay Area Figurative Artists, ending with an ode to Thiebaud.

Class: Kerrin Meis - Botticelli to Braque: Exciting Works from the National Galleries, Scotland

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Three Fridays, March 6-20 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $110

An in-depth discussion of form and meaning in some of the most iconic images in Western art on view from March 7 to May 31 at the de Young museum. Masterpieces by Veronese, Velazquez, Vermeer, Raeburn and Watteau as well as Botticelli's Virgin Adoring the Christ Child are complemented by superb examples of the genius of Claude Monet and Georges Braque. We will discuss the provenance of these works as well. Participants are invited to arrange a field trip with Prof. Meis.

Class: Mary Edwards - Jump Start Your Art Career

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday, March 14 • 10:30-12:30 pm • $50

Where are you in your art career?  How do you take the next step? The workshop will explain how current trends in the art world affect you.  We will explore four principles that guide the careers of successful artists.  Materials include a checklist to guide you, a ladder of exhibition opportunities, and a list of key local resources.

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach who works exclusively with artists and other creative people.

Class: Kerrin Meis - The Phenomenon of the Self-Portrait

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Four Fridays, March 27-April 17 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $140


From its origins in Medieval scriptoria to the compulsively repetitive images of Egon Schiele and Cindy Sherman, we study this important genre of painting.  What was the artist's intention? Self reflection a la Montaigne? The Status of the artist? Illustration of an aesthetic idea? Comments on society? Why do some artists paint so many "selfies" and other artists so few? Case studies include Durer, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Hogarth, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Picasso, Robert Arneson and Andy Warhol.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera