Art & Culture Classes

Class:  Kerrin Meis - Post-Impressionism: What Does it Mean? (Corte Madera)

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Feb. 2, Feb. 9, & Feb. 23, 2018 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

The term, invented by a British art critic, really only means that which follows Impressionism. It is not a style of painting. We study the works of a diverse group of artists including  Seurat, Signac,  Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec: While these  artists laid the groundwork for a  modern art based on concepts, process and emotion rather than on a direct visual  response to  reality ,they point to vastly different directions the world of art would take .Seurat's pointillism influenced Fauvism; Cezanne's experiments with space inspired Cubism; in contrast to these scientific approaches the introspective paintings of Gauguin and Van Gogh paved the way to Symbolism and Expressionism. Toulouse-Lautrec posters are the very essence of Art-Nouveau. 

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 - The Image of Woman in Western Art: From Antiquity to Degas (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Jan. 5, 12 & 19 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

Examine how artists, mostly male, developed an image of the "other": how the social and religious milieu as well as contemporary literature influenced their choices. With Eve's Expulsion from Paradise on the one hand and the Virgin Enthroned as Queen of Heaven on the other, we see the evolution of images beginning with the fecund Earth Mother of Pre-History. What were the intentions of artists and their patrons when the goddesses of mythology emerge as seductive nudes?  We look at saints, mystics, martyrs and other models of female deportment as well as various attributes ascribed to the Virgin Mary in theological discussions as to her nature. We trace her image back to images of Artemis and meet some interesting women: Astarte, Cybele, Athena, the philosopher Hipatia, as well as warrior heroines: Semiramis, Cleopatra, and Hatshepsut. Salome, Delilah, Judith, and Danae kept artists glued to their easels, as did Saints, including Barbara, Catherine and the Mary Magdalen. One century's stoic heroine becomes a later century's Femme Fatale or object of voyeurism.  

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)

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Thursday November 9 • 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

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 - 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: 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 - 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

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