Art & Culture Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - Russian Avant Garde

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:00am

2 Fridays; Sept. 15 & 22, 2017,  • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $75

In the early years of the twentieth century Russian Artists were at the forefront of innovation and exciting new forms. The October Revolution of 1917 ushered in a government concerned with art in the service of propaganda. As a result artists like Goncharova, Larionov, Popova and Exeter left Russia, others were exiled. One man, Igor Savitsky, collected paintings from artists in Moscow and made many trips to Nukus, a village in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan. There he saw to the founding of large museum. Kerrin Meis visited the museum in 2010 and will discuss many of its works as well as  the art of the pre-Revolution, now  gaining favor with Russian Collectors.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Portugal (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

4 Fridays; Oct. 6 - Oct. 27, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm • $150

Portugal - Study her history and its attendant monuments  from the Celts, the Romans, the Visigoths, Moors and Spaniards and a series of fascinating rulers whose incredible palaces compete with the monasteries of the religious orders. We visit Guimaraes, Conimbriga, the vast wine district of the Douro, Porto, a city full of visual surprises, John V's Palacio Mafra, Coimbra-the University city- and finally Lisbon and the palaces and gardens at Sintra and Queluz.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Emily Marks - Altered Books (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am

Saturday Oct. 28, 2017,  • 10:00am - 3:00pm • $120

Libraries regularly clean out and dispose of old books, to make room for the new. What to do with those old books and keep them out of the landfill?  Re-purpose them into delightful works of art, to be treasured for years to come! Join Emily Marks as she guides you through transforming old books and printed materials, into brand new art pieces. Creations will not be limited to the conventional book but encompass a range from journals to altars. Students will learn skills and techniques that are applicable to other sculptures such as painting on paper, collage, weaving, sewing, embroidering, and cutting and sanding. This class is for all levels of experience.  Students are encouraged to bring items of their choice to incorporate into their project.

 Emily Marks earned her BA in English literature and has always loved books. In 2006 she consolidated her art credits with an AA degree in the arts from College of Marin. Emily has taught at the Sonoma County Museum, The Sonoma Valley Museum, the Petaluma Art Center and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. Her art work has been shown nationally and internationally. In 21012, she published her book Thread Loves Paper, sold through Book Passage and on the web.

** $15 materials fee not included in cost of class**

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925