Art & Culture Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - Discovering Germany from the Danube to the Baltic Sea

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

Three Fridays: Nov 1, 8 & 15 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • $110

Kerrin Meis invites you to visit castles like Heidelberg, Wurzburg, and Neuschwanstein and historic cathedrals bursting with famous sculpture and stained glass - Bamberg, Magdeburg, and Ulm - followed by a thorough examination of  the important collections, from ancient to contemporary, in leading museums in Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg (this is very important!), and Dresden. Wilkommen!

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

Class: Jerry Frohmader - Swinging into the Fabulous 50s!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of composer, performer, teacher Jerry Frohmader

4 Tuesdays: Jan 7 - 28 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $125

From zoot suits and saddle shoes to sock hops, malt shops and big tail fins we discover how the swing era climaxed, kept swinging, but with the help of television became a multi-layered pop culture with the Hit Parade, Country Music, Rhythm and Blues, and Cool Jazz. Enjoy the journey with songs such as “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, “String of Pearls”, to “Harbor Lights”, “The Tennessee Waltz”, “All Shook Up”, “Blueberry Hill”, as well as Brubeck’s “Take Five”, “Only You”, by The Platters, and Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock”. Includes live, recorded music and video.

An accomplished musician, Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator. He has designed music for multimedia projects and the web, and he  produces music for television commercials, videos and films. Jerry's depth of knowledge and enthusiastic teaching style has earned him a loyal following in Marin. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Candace Rose Rardon - The Art & Soul of Travel Sketching Weekend Retreat

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Candace Rose Rardon, sketch artist, illustrator, travel

Two days: Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8 • 10:00am-4:00 pm • $295

Travel sketching not only helps create vibrant memories of the places we’re exploring — it’s a way to unlock deeper connections when we’re traveling. Join professional sketch artist and illustrator CandaceRose Rardon for two days of watercolor travel sketching. Whether you’re looking to hone your skills or discover them for the first time, creativity will be at the heart of this weekend. Saturday will take place at Book Passage, with a classroom-based workshop and demonstrations covering perspective, composition, and watercolors.

On Sunday, Rardon will lead participants to Larkspur where the group will sketch together. By the end of the weekend, participants will have developed greater confidence with sketching on-location, as well as a creative new way of documenting their travels.

Lunches and a wine & cheese reception will be provided. 

Candace Rose Rardon is a professional sketch artist and illustrator with a passion for connecting with the world through art. Her artwork has appeared on National Geographic, BBC Travel, and the Calm meditation app, among others, and she’s also been featured by the N.Y. Times as a sketch artist.

Image (right): Sketching on-location at Arizona's Horseshoe Bend

What Students Are Saying about Candace Rose Rardon

"Candace’s class was informative, concise, and well designed. It was presented in a thoughtful, detailed, and humorous way while allowing the students to apply the skills learned through her unending support, caring suggestions, and brilliant ideas to further enhance the sketching experience. Candace taught us the ease of sketching in a brief span of time; for instance, a colorful cafe scene, a time-worn village, or a simple garden setting with just a pencil, paint set, sketchbook, and brush…not to mention the ease of packing the above in a day-pack!” — Kathryn McGeorge, California

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Peter Thabit Jones - Singing in Chains: Sound-texturing in Poetry

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Peter Thabit Jones, poet, sound-texturing

Saturday, April 18 • 10am – 1pm • $95

The sound-texturing of a poem connects with the iambic beat in us. Dylan Thomas believed in “the colour of saying,” suggesting it is not just what we say in a poem, but the way we say it. Peter’s talk will focus on the craft of cynghanedd, Welsh-language harmonizing devices, used by Thomas and others in English. The workshop will allow participants to experiment with the devices and poetic forms that lend themselves to creating poems that “sing.”  

Peter Thabit Jones has authored fourteen books, including Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village. A recipient of many awards including the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry (The Society of Authors, London) and the Homer: European Medal of Poetry and Art, Peter will be in America as a writer-in-residence in Big Sur. 

What People Are Saying about Peter Thabit Jones

"Peter Thabit Jones is poetry. He lives, creates and recites the alluring and mysterious. In Salem and in Cambridge MA, Peter’s readings, classes and workshops were magical. His is a dynamic voice and he invites us to explore the world with him. Such an adventure is pure delight as Peter can transform even the arduous job of stone-laying into verse.” – Kristine Doll, Ph.D., Professor, Department of World Cultures and Languages, Salem State University

"Peter Thabit Jones mesmerized a gathering of Boulder poets and novelists at my home, an event to be reprised this fall, to satisfy audience demand. Peter's poems and public appearances have captured the imagination of the Boulder community. To listen to him read is a rare treat, not to be missed in any venue." -- Paul M. Levitt, Professor emeritus, University of Colorado

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925