Art & Culture Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood & the Aesthetic Movement (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; June 22 & 29  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $80

Twelve years ago the FAMSF arranged an exhibition: The Cult of Beauty. To explore this late Victorian phenomenon, we’ll look at a show entitled Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters opening at the end of June. To provide background let's look at the origins of the PRB, the Gothic Revival, connections to the Arts and Crafts movement, the Japonisme of Whistler, Burne-Jones, William Morris; Wm. Hollman Hunt; Dante Gabriel Rosetti, John Everett Millais and, of course, Oscar Wilde.  

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 Marvelous Museums of Madrid (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; May 11, 18 & 25  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $120

A virtual tour of Madrid museums: the well-known Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia as well as less- visited institutions housing masterpieces. Included are the Archaeological Museum and National Library, the Real Accademia San Fernando, the Royal Palace, the Cerralbo Museum, the Museo Lazaro Galdiano, the Museo de America, the Museo del Romanticismo,  the so-called Pantheon de Goya and the house museum of Joaquin Sorrolla. 

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 - Malaga: Monuments & Art Museums (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 1:00pm

Friday May 4 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $40

This city on the Costa de Sol, a popular destination for sun seekers, has recently spruced up the monuments that reflect her long history, revitalized her ancient port and opened several new museums that are must see. This birthplace of Picasso boasts Roman walls, the Moorish Alcabaza, a Monumental Cathedral and an old quarter. Visit the Museo Picasso, the Casa Natal de Picasso, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Centre Pompidou, Malaga- a branch of the Paris museum and the St. Petersburg, Malaga. The bullring and the Flamenco Museum complete the Andalusian experience.

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 - Toledo: City of Three Cultures (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; April 20 & 27 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $80

Spectacularly sited,Toledo is blessed with important vestiges of her role as spiritual capital of Spain: Two important Synagogues, a Sephardic Museum, the intriguing Mosque de la Luz, an Arab fortress, the Gothic Cathedral's virtual gallery of paintings and its famous Transparente, San Roman church housing a Visigothic museum. El Greco is everywhere: in several churches, his  house/museum, Tavera hospital, and the Museum of Santa Cruz. Visit the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and study Mozarabic book illustrations created in nearby monasteries.

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 - Significant Others (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; March 2, 9, and 16 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

CREATIVE COUPLES IN WESTERN ART HISTORY: INTIMACY AND INSPIRATION
A close look of the works and lives of artists who inspired each other  from Vasily Kandinsky and Gabriele Muenter to Julia Kleinhans Mathews and Arthur Mathews. Was their most brilliant work created while they were together or was parting company  an opportunity for growth?  We study Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, Sonia Terk- Delaunay and Robert Delaunay, Van Gogh and Gauguin, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington, and others all considered in the context of the artistic  milieu in which they worked.

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 - Post-Impressionism: What Does it Mean? (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Feb. 9, Feb. 16, & 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

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