Art & Culture Classes

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

Clas: Kerrin Meis - Deciphering Degas (Corte Madera)

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 10:00am

2 Fridays: Dec. 2 - 9• 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $75

Deciphering Degas : Looking at His Art to Separate Fact from Myth

Best known for his depictions of dancers, Edgar Degas is generally classified as an Impressionist although he derided "plein air " painting. Labeled a misogynist by his critics, an anti-Semite by most, a loner by his own admission, he created oddly perceptive portraits, had a penchant for the laboring classes: laundresses, milliners and prostitutes, an attitude toward composition entirely new to Western art, and a pre-occupation with blindness. What can we learn from his works both before and after his extended visit to his Creole family in New Orleans.

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 - Kings & Connoisseurs: The Hapsburgs Collect (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 1:00pm

4 Fridays: Sep. 9, 16, 23, 30 • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $135

The acquisitiveness of the Royal Family is legendary. Philip IV in Spain and Archduke Leopold William in Vienna were enthusiastic shoppers following the disbursement of art from England after the execution of Charles I in 1649. As a result we have today two magnificent museums, one in Madrid and one in Vienna. In this class we’ll tour the Prado Museum and the Kunsthistorisches.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now teaches OLLI programs at Dominican University and U.C. Berkeley, and leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Art Patrons in Italy: An Insider’s Tour (Corte Madera)

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 10:00am

3 Thursdays: Aug 25, Sep. 1 & 8 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $105

An exploration of masterpieces in seldom-visited sites as well as works tucked away in churches and palazzi in her more famous cities focusing on patronage: the competitive Olivetans, Franciscans and Dominicans. The aspirations of Federico de Montefeltro in Urbino, the Gonzaga in Mantua, etc. commissioning works from Masaccio, Masolino and many others.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now teaches OLLI programs at Dominican University and U.C. Berkeley, and leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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