Art & Culture Classes

Clas: Kerrin Meis - Deciphering Degas (Corte Madera)

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 10:00am

2 Sundays: Dec. 4 - 11• 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 - Frankfurt am Main (Corte Madera)

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:00am

2 Fridays: Nov. 11 - 18 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $75

Frankfurt am Main: The Staedel Museum and Its Neighbors

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 to 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.  Visit 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 - 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

Class: Kerrin Meis - In a Brilliant Light: The Lure of the South of France (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 1:00pm

3 Fridays: June 10, 17, & 24 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $105

The word for this area is Midi—meaning “noon”—that perfectly describes its characteristic feature: the brilliant light. For artists it was an absolute revelation. We see what that intensity of color meant to the those who thrived there: Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Signac, Braque, Dufy, Matisse, Chagall and Picasso.

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 - The Art and Architecture of Vienna (Corte Madera)

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays: July 22 and Aug. 5 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $75



From the Venus of Willendorf to the audacious nudes of Egon Schiele, we explore Vienna’s museums and monuments. The Kunsthistorisches Museum with its matchless collection of old masters, the remarkable Gustav Klimts at Schloss Belvedere and in the Secession Building,, the Gothic Cathedral of St. Stephen, the Baroque Karlskirche, the Ringstrasse’s historicizing styles to breathtaking Schoenbrunn Palace.

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 Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th Century France (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays: OCt. 21 & 28 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $75

Opening at the Kimbell Art Museum in May and to San Francisco in October is the first major exhibit in this country devoted to the Le Nain brothers: Antoine, Louis and Mathieu whose whole range of production will be highlighted with over 50 works: altarpieces, portraits, private devotional pieces and the deeply-moving images of peasants for which they are so famous. The exhibit will unveil new research as to the attribution of works to the individual brothers. This has always been an art history mystery.

"The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth Century France" will be coming to the Legion of Honor in October. You can view the catalogue online

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 - A Museum of Own's One: Superb Collections in London and Paris

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays: March 11, 18, 25 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $105

An exciting tour of art museums rarely visited by visitors to these major tourist destinations. Many were originally residences: we meet the collectors, learn about their passions and study the masterpieces they selected. The Wallace Collection, the Courtauld Gallery, Kenwood House, the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Sir John Sloane Museum in London --- the Jacquemart-Andre, the Cluny, the Musee Marmottan, the Musee Picasso in Paris as well as the splendid art gallery in the Chateau Chantilly.

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: Jeffrey Halford - Songwriting: Three Chords and the Truth (Intermediate/Advanced) (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 1:00pm

4 Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25 • 1:00 - 2:30 pm • $160

Ages 10 to 99 Welcome!

This class by acclaimed Bay Area singer/songwriter Jeffrey Halford will cover the spectrum of writing lyrics, melodies and brainstorming creative and personal song ideas. Learn how the seed of an idea can blossom with your stamp of originality. The class will cover folk, blues and R&B, including pop hooks, riffs, progressions and poetry. We'll explore the pantheon of the best in work songs, protest songs, story songs, train songs, fight songs, groove songs and unrequited love songs. There are no rules. Class size will be limited to foster interaction and Q&A.

Texas-born songwriter, singer and guitarist Jeffrey Halford has shared the stage with such luminaries as Taj Mahal, Guy Clark, Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos and Greg Allman, to name only a few. LA Weekly wrote, "I am here to place Halford in the pantheon of songwriters with John Prine, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty." In 2011, Halford won best songwriter at the LA Music Awards. Visit his website at jeffreyhalford.com.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jeffrey Halford - Songwriting: Three Chords and the Truth (Beginner) (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 11:00am

4 Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25 • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm • $160

Ages 10 to 99 Welcome!

This class by acclaimed Bay Area singer/songwriter Jeffrey Halford will cover the spectrum of writing lyrics, melodies and brainstorming creative and personal song ideas. Learn how the seed of an idea can blossom with your stamp of originality. The class will cover folk, blues and R&B, including pop hooks, riffs, progressions and poetry. We'll explore the pantheon of the best in work songs, protest songs, story songs, train songs, fight songs, groove songs and unrequited love songs. There are no rules. Class size will be limited to foster interaction and Q&A.

Texas-born songwriter, singer and guitarist Jeffrey Halford has shared the stage with such luminaries as Taj Mahal, Guy Clark, Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos and Greg Allman, to name only a few. LA Weekly wrote, "I am here to place Halford in the pantheon of songwriters with John Prine, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty." In 2011, Halford won best songwriter at the LA Music Awards. Visit his website at jeffreyhalford.com.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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