Art & Culture Classes

Class: John Hart - Poetry, Anyone?

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
photo of poet and poetry teacher John Hart

Eight Mondays: Sep 9 – Oct 28, 2019 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm • $225

Let’s admit it: Not all poetry is equally interesting. Some poems grab the reader right away and don’t let go. Others are tricky but have their hidden rewards. Still others just lie there. But which is which? We read a handful of poems, old and new, each week and then have fun disagreeing about them. “If you like poetry,” a repeat participant says, “you’ll enjoy this class. If you don’t know if you like poetry, you’ll enjoy this class." If you think you don't know anything about poetry, you are likely to be very surprised. Widely published local poet, author, and editor of the poetry journal Blue Unicorn,

John Hart is a seasoned teacher with deep knowledge and love of poetry from every era. 

What Students Are Saying about John Hart

"Minimum effort; maximum benefit. Nothing serious, yet mentally engaging.” – Rick Holderness   

“Whether we are a lifelong readers of poetry or remember only [a poem] memorized in third grade, this class is a delightful way to read poems together. John Hart is the ideal leader. There is never a sense that any poet or poem is something we “should” like. John encourages our honest reactions to whatever we find baffling or captivating, whatever we find beautiful, moving, or downright irritating.” – Penny Wright

“There is no other place where I feel so deeply nourished by the esthetic experience of hearing and appreciating poetry. John provides a wealth of biographical and historical background and encourages our own analysis and appreciation, which allows us to “dig deep” and bring to awareness important aspects of our own experience of life.” – Nani Ranken

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Modernism: Matisse to Mondrian

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 1:00pm
photo of art history teacher Kerrin Meis

Three Fridays: Sep 20, 27 & Oct 4 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • $110

(The dates listed in the newsletter - Sep 13, 20, 27 - had to be shifted forward one week due to an unexpected conflict in Kerrin's schedule.)

In the late nineteenth century, artists became less reliant on nature and more interested in art for art's sake. A debate about the role of art in society ensued with Schoenberg declaring that nothing done for a purpose was art, and Picasso claiming that art was a weapon with which to attack the enemy. We will study the ideas behind Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Italian Futurism, the Russian Avant-Garde, de Stijl , and Die Neue Sachlichkeit.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has lead study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

What Students Are Saying about Kerrin Meis

I love that Kerrin discusses little known sites and anecdotes. She makes you want to get out your map and go off the beaten path. Recently we knew the Jeopardy answer “What is the Stone of Scone?” because of her!!! Kerrin is magic. – Vikki D.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925