Art & Culture Classes

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

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: 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 - Venice and the Islamic World

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:00am

3 Mondays; July 10, 17, & 24, 2017,  • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $105

 From 828 when Venetian Merchants stole the relics of St. Mark from Alexandria to the fall of the Serene Republic of Venice to Napoleon in 1797, Venice was the frontier between Europe and Islam. Her painters and architects were profoundly influenced by the textiles, buildings and technological developments of the Islamic world, and we will study outstanding examples of this cross-cultural development.  

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 - Celebrating the Legion of Honor (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:00am

2 Fridays: June 2 & 9, 2017 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $75

An in-depth  exploration of European masterpieces housed permanently in this gem of a museum. We survey the foundation of the Legion, recent changes in stewardship. We look at European painting from the Medieval and Renaissance periods, 17th and 18thc works, and paintings from the 19thc discussed  in terms of provenance, style and the socio-economic milieu in which they were created. Works by Fra Angelico, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Watteau, Monet and Cezanne.

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 - Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 10:00am

2 Fridays: June 16 & 23, 2017 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $75

Preview of the groundbreaking exhibition opening at the Legion of Honor on June 24. The importance of the milliner, usually a woman, in the fashion capital of the world, Paris, from 1874 to 1914. We study the social and economic ambience surrounding this phenomenon while being captivated by the colors, materials and innovation of these high fashion arbiters and the artists who celebrated them: Degas, Renoir, Manet, Cassatt and Toulouse-Lautrec.

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 - Frankfurt am Main (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 1:00pm

2 Tuesdays: Feb. 21 & 28, 2017 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $75

One of the most important art museums in Europe and home to masterpieces spanning seven hundred years, the Staedel is largely ignored by American visitors in Germany. We study works from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance (Van Eyck, Botticelli) Baroque (Vermeer, Rembrandt), Modern (Monet, Kirchner, Picasso) as well as its spectacular presentation of Contemporary Art (Baselitz, Richter) in the new Garden Hall. We'll also look at the nearby Liebieg Sculpture Collection, the Icon Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. 

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 - Philadelphia: City of Art

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

2 Fridays: Mar. 10 & 17, 2017 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $75

The city where our Republic was born is a target for many visitors who tour famous monuments, but what of the Art Museums? Join our virtual tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with its outstanding masterpieces from all ages, the Barnes foundation, the Pennsylvania Academey of Art: Americas' first art school housing iconic examples of American Art and the Rodin Museum with the first casting of the Gates of Hell. 

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 - More Superb Collections In American Art Museums

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:00am

2 Fridays: Apr. 21 & 28, 2017 • 10:00 - 12:00 pm • $75

Kerrin Meis offers a sequel to her popular class "Small Spaces: Superb Collections" Included are the Neue Galerie and the Jewish Museum in NYC, Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown (Washington, D.C.), the recently re-opened Wadsworth Atheneum, the Walters Collection in Baltimore, the Menil Collection in Houston, the Huntington Library and Art Gallery in San Marino California, and San Francisco's own California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Selected works discussed in depth. 

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 - Monet: Masterpeices of His Early Years

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

2 Tuesdays: Jan. 10 & 17, 2017 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $75

A preview of the exhibition opening in February at the Legion of Honor--The first ever study  devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet during the first phase of his long career  featuring over 60 paintings: portraits, still-life and genre  from his Normandy debut in 1858 until 1872 when he settled in Argenteuil.  Influences from Eugene Boudin  and the painters of Barbizon School -- how he absorbed and transformed them--  as well as challenges posed by his friends Manet, Pissarro and Renoir with  some highly original results.

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

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