Art & Culture Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - Portugal (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

4 Fridays: Oct. 6 - 27 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $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

Sat., Oct. 28  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm • $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.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Loot: Purloined Art From Nebuchadnezzar to the Met (Corte Madera)

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Nov. 3 - Nov. 17 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

Who owns the world's art? There has been much discussion  about its repatriation:  from The Bust of Nefertiti to Klimt's Portrait of  Anna Bloch-Bauer What are the ethics involved? Should a museum accept and keep purloined art? Topics include The Rosetta Stone,  The Elgin marbles,The Lydian Hoard ,  the Cross of Edmund St. Bury ,frescoes from Catalonian churches, The Altar of Zeus from Pergamon and the Getty Museum scandal We will hear from both sides: from Egypt's Zahi Hawass to the UK's Neil Mac Gregor. Are the terms  Art Dealer and Fence synonymous? 

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 - Klimt & Rodin (Corte Madera)

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

Monday November 13 • 6:00 - 8:00 pm • $35

An informative and enthusiastic introduction to the exhibit  at the Legion of Honor .Thanks to the energy of  director Max Hollein we will experience major works by Gustave Klimt not seen on the West Coast before.  Celebrating the centenaries of artists Klimt and the sculptor  Auguste Rodin , the exhibit explores the affinities and caprices of these two history- changing artists. We will explore the controversy that attended their important works, their abandonment of prevailing aesthetics : Rodin in Paris and Klimt in Vienna. Through their portraits we see their deep involvement with human psychology; we see both artists' fascination with the human figure and both artists' love of the female form.  Both had highly creative muses :Camllle Claudel for Rodin and Emile Floge for Klimt  and both related to poetry: Rodin to Dante and Klimt to Schiller. Remembering that Klimt was the founder of the Vienna Secession, we unravel the Beethoven Frieze unveiled at the Vienna Secession building in 1902  and make the inevitable comparisons of The Kiss as imagined by each artist. 

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 - Al-Andalus: Art & Architecture of Andalusia (Corte Madera)

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Dec. 1-Dec. 15 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

Join Art Historian Kerrin Meis for a slide/lecture journey through Andalusia.  Our tour will emphasize the development of Islamic Art and Architecture in Cordoba, Granada and Seville.  We’ll also see how Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Visigothic and Jewish culture contributed to the rich panorama of art in the region.  Highlights include Roman Italica (birthplace of the Emporers Trajan and Hadrian), Carmona ,perhaps the most picturesque of the so-called white villages of Andalusia with its Roman mosaics and necropolis and  the Archaeological Museum of Seville which houses Phoenician, and Roman finds as well as objects from Italica.
    
Our study of Moorish architecture begins with the Mezquita, the great mosque of Cordoba begun in 785 on the site of a Visigothic church and enlarged four times.  We’ll examine the evolution of the mosque: its floor plan, ornamental features and its predecessors in the Middle East . We visit the Juderia, the former Jewish quarter with narrow streets , cool patios and a fourteenth-century synagogue.  The Palacio de Viana, a fine example of fifteenth-century secular architecture with twelve patios and the excellent Archaeological Museum housed in a sixteenth –century Renaissance palace complete our visit to Cordoba. We visit Madinat Azahara the palace of Abd al Rahman III outside Cordoba .

Then it’s off to Granada for an in-depth exploration of Alhambra (The Red Castle) , the fortress, palaces and gardens of the Nazrid princes, begun in 1350 . We’ll learn how the tile work  and stucco decoration was done as well as the meaning behind certain forms.  The events of 1492 are memorialized in the cathedral of Granada including the Mausoleum of Los Reyes Catolicos and the Royal Chapel.

In Seville we’ll visit the world’s largest cathedral with its remnants of the former mosque including La Giralda, formerly a minaret and a Visigothic fountain in the patio and paintings by Goya and Murillo  in the Sacristy .  On to the  Reales Alcazares, the fourteenth-century palace of Pedro the Cruel, a masterpiece of Mudejar architecture still used by the royal family today.   Seville produced many of the artists of  the seventeenth century and we’ll see their work in the Hospital de los Venerables in the Barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter as well as in the excellent Museo de Bellas Artes, second only to the Prado in importance.  Housed in a seventeenth-century convent worth a visit in its own right, the Museo is home to paintings by Murillo, Zurburan  and Valdes Leal.
Also on our tour is Ronda with its famous bull ring.  The Corrida as well as Flamenco will be discussed . 
 

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