Art & Culture Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - Manet: Portraying Life (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 10:00am

Two Fridays: Jan. 15 & Jan. 22 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $75

Depicting the Paris of his day through portraits of family, friends, fellow artists, men of letters, actors, actresses, singers and models, Edouard Manet captured the nineteenth-century urban experience making “Modern Life” a legitimate subject for art. His handling of paint and subject , shocking at first, established him as the quintessential painter of modernity. We study the influence of Velazquez, parallels in the work of Renoir and his brilliant moves in the competition with photography.

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 - Sargent: Portraits of Friends & Artists

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 10:00am

Two Fridays: Nov. 13 & Nov. 20 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • $75

We examine American painter John Singer Sargent’s international career through over sixty brilliant portraits of members of his artistic circle including family, artists, writers, actors and musicians. While some are formal portraits many are small, intimate, noncommissioned works that provide a record of influences, relationships and aspirations. Cast of characters includes Monet, Rodin, Ellen Terry, Gabriel Faure, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, the influential Pailleron family and Isabella Stewart Gardner—a veritable network of artists and muses.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University and 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 - Jewel City Extension

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:00am
Friday, October 23 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $40
 
This class is devoted exclusively to the art featured in the Jewel City Exhibit, such as paintings, sculptures, murals, prints and photography.
 
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University and 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 - Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Art Maker

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:00am

Two Fridays: Oct. 30 & Nov. 6 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • $75

Learn how a perceptive Paris dealer discovered artists held in contempt by critics and the public alike, exhibited their works and shaped an audience by publishing art reviews, arranging solo exhibits and giving generous stipends to Renoir, Monet, Degas, Sisley, Cassatt and others. This included taking their works at his own expense to London, Germany and America. Admire masterpieces we would never have seen were it not for this unrepentant risk taker.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University and 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 - Jewel City

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:00am

Two Fridays: Oct. 9th & Oct. 16th • 10:00 - 12:00 pm • $75

In 1915 San Francisco invited the world to celebrate the completion of the Panama Pacific Canal, and more importantly, her miraculous reconstruction after the great earthquake of 1906. Many nations participated. Over 11000 paintings, sculptures, murals and monuments astonished visitors.The de Young Museum celebrates the anniversary with an exhibit focusing on 250 objects. Our course will greatly expand this view, studying artists from the Ash Can School to Impressionism to Italian Futurism as well as the architectural legacy of the fair.

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 - Insiders' New York

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 10:00am

Two Fridays: Sept. 25th & Oct. 2nd • 10:00 - 12:00 pm • $75

Art lovers have visited the Met, the Modern, the Guggenheim and some have ventured  to the Frick. This class visits seventeen other fascinating spots where great works of art await. Included are the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Neue Galerie, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of Biblical Art, the National Academy Museum, Federal Hall, The Custom House, the Hispanic Society of America, Asia Society of America, the High Line, the new Whitney Museum, and, yes, Grand Central Terminal.

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: Ken Sherman - The Business of Writing for Screen, Television, and the Book Industries

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sun., Aug. 23 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $75

We'll dissect who's who in a production company, a studio, and a publishing house, to hopefully demystify these very real people who you'll come in contact with as you sell your work. 

Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency. The company handles film, television, and book writers, as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights. An agent for more than twenty years, Ken is also a popular and accomplished speaker. 

He has taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, both in New Orleans and Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Writers’ conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The University of Oklahoma, Sherwood Oaks Experiment College, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, The Novelists, Inc. Conference in San Diego, The Aspen Institute, the Aspen Summers Words Writers Conference and The Eugene International Film Festival where he just received a lifetime achievement award.

A few of Ken's clients include David Guterson ("Snow Falling On Cedars"), Anne Perry (80 books in print to date), Tawni O'Dell (Oprah Book Club Book), Willa Cather (Estate), Anjanette Delgado, Louis Begley  ("About Schmidt"), Luis Bunuel (Estate), John Updike for 33 years), etc.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ken Sherman - Moving Your Book to Film and Television

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Sat., Aug. 22 • 9:00-12:00 pm • $75

Once you've written your book or stageplay, there's always the chance it will transfer well to film and television. We'll discuss specific projects with this history and then discuss some of yours, with the idea of taking it out of the theoretical and into the real. 

Ken Sherman is President of Ken Sherman & Associates, a Los Angeles based literary agency. The company handles film, television, and book writers, as well as selling film and television rights for books and life-rights. An agent for more than twenty years, Ken is also a popular and accomplished speaker.

He has taught and lectured extensively at venues including UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount University, both in New Orleans and Los Angeles, The Santa Barbara Writers’ conference, the American Film Institute, The San Francisco Writers Conference, The Maui Writers Conference, The University of Oklahoma, Sherwood Oaks Experiment College, The Santa Fe Writers Conference, The Novelists, Inc. Conference in San Diego, The Aspen Institute, the Aspen Summers Words Writers Conference and The Eugene International Film Festival where he just received a lifetime achievement award.

Some of Ken's clients include: David Guterson  ("Snow Falling on Cedars"), Tawni O'Dell ("Back Roads" - Oprah Book Club Selection and about to go into production as a feature), Willa Cather Estate (two books in development as features), Luis Bunuel Estate, Anne Perry (two series of her books in development as features and television series), worked with John Updike for 33 years, John Kerr's "A Dangerous Method" on which David Cronenberg's film is based, etc

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

CANCELED Class: Nina Solomita - Writing Scenes for the Stage

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sat., May 23 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60

Please note: this class is canceled. Any questions, call 415-927-0960 ext 230. 

 

Scenes—one leads to the next, characters and information are revealed, the plot proceeds, twists and turns build tension. In this workshop, we’ll read as well as view video clips of dynamic scenes from plays to discover the elements and structures major playwrights use. Evocative writing exercises will allow you to create a scene of your own.

Nina Solomita’s plays have been produced in Massachusetts and California; her monologues were published in the ICWP Mother-Daughter Series, and she has taught playwriting at Pacific Repertory Theatre, Carmel and a variety of Marin venues.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

CANCELED Class: Kay DeMartini - Truth be Told

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Sun., May 17 • 1:30-3:30 pm • $60

Please note: this class is canceled. If you have any questions, please call 415-927-0960 ext. 1


Storytelling is HUGE! People can be heard on the radio, in bars and bookstores, sharing their true, personal stories – and we are addicted to listening to them! It’s because stories are more than entertainment; they connect us through universal themes and emotions. We change our thinking when we hear a slice of someone else’s life. There are tools & techniques to help you tell your story more effectively, so if you are thinking about sharing your stories, this is the place to begin.

Kay DeMartini, Story Ninja, produces BustingOut Storytelling in Oakland, is an NPR storyteller, former improvisor with Flash Family, commercial actress and a stand-up comic. Check out her website at www.KayDeMartiniPresents.com

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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