Art & Culture Classes

Class: John Hart - Poetry, Anyone?

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
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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
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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

Class: Kerrin Meis - Art and Adventure Beyond Venice

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 10:30am
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Three Wednesdays: August 7, 14, 21 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $110

Our adventure takes us to Padua’s Giotto frescoes and Donatello sculpture; to Verona, with her magnificent amphitheatre and Mantegna’s San Zeno; to Vicenza, Palladio's city; and a tour of villas including La Rotunda and Villa Barbaro at Maser. We’ll travel to Bassano del Grappa, home to Jacopo Bassano and (yes!) Grappa. We’ll see Asolo and Udine’s rarely-seen frescoes, Aquileia, and other highlights. We’ll end our visit in the watery city of Treviso where hardly anyone goes, and everyone should!

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: Kerrin Meis - A Taste for Modernism: The William S. Paley Collection

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:30am
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Two Fridays: July 26, August 2 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $75

Kerrin Meis offers  two lectures analyzing a brilliant selection of masterpieces from MoMA in New York City. We will study major works from the artists associated with The School of Paris: Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain, and Georges Rouault and the artists of the Nabis group: Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard. They will be considered within the context of the evolution of Modernism as well as what they tell about the collector's taste. 

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she 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 - Romanticism: A Way of Feeling

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 10:30am
photo of art history teacher Kerrin Meis

Two Fridays: July 12, 19 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $75

As the age of Enlightenment immolated itself in the flames of the American and French Revolutions, Romanticism emerged as the cult of the individual – of sensibility over reason. Abandoning heroic, rhetorical themes, artists escaped reality, reveling in the infinite, in exotic lands, in dreams, in suicide, and in the dark terror of the psyche. We will study artists in France, England, Switzerland, Germany, and Goya in Spain.

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

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: David Kunhardt & Peter Joseph - Climate Change: Present Realities and Promising Solutions

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday February 23 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • Free

Free presentation, please email Joy@bookpassage.com to secure your space

The climate crisis has arrived much earlier and with more ferocity than predicted, indicating that it’s accelerating towards tipping points of no return. Yet the global political process remains mired in ineffectiveness, while the rest of humanity searches for solutions as individuals, corporations, cities, counties, and states. 

What’s the single missing ingredient that would facilitate those efforts worldwide? 

It’s simple. As long as fossil fuels remain artificially “cheap,” their use — somewhere — is inevitable. The global problem of excessive atmospheric carbon can be solved only with a global solution: a global price on carbon.  Rapid "demand destruction” can be accomplished only by raising fossil fuel prices globally in an equitable, effective and efficient fashion that’s fair, popular, and politically durable. That means giving the revenues back to citizens so they tolerated higher prices while competition for lower carbon products and processes proceeds. The global trading system in which all nations participate becomes the vehicle that induces cooperation. 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan, national volunteer organization, advocates a revenue neutral, fully refunded carbon fee, dividend, and border carbon duty. Their decade of relentless, respectful work with Congress has just been rewarded with the historic introduction of the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 7173.  It will be reintroduced in February 2019. 

This class will focus on the current alarming data and our best hope for activating and empowering the myriad creative solutions arising from humanity’s yearning to avoid catastrophe. We must start by fixing the market failure that “externalizes” the real costs of fossil fuels, thus harnessing the world economy to work for civilization’s survival rather than its destruction. 

Learn why you really want this legislation to pass and how you can help! 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joel Blackwell - You Can Influence Politicians and Public Policy (Corte Madera

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, March 23, 2019, • 10 am - 1 pm  • $125

You will learn specific techniques to influence elected officials from city council to Congress and mistakes to avoid including -

How to influence elected officials with little time and effort, why you already know everything you need to become an effective advocate, and what message legislators want from you compared to professional lobbyists.

Joel Blackwell, author of “Personal Political Power in California,” was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Miami Herald. He interviewed elected officials, lobbyists, volunteer advocates, and academic researchers to find out what works to influence senators and representatives. He has worked for associations and corporations in 47 states and Washington DC, helping them build grassroots systems to support their professional lobbyists. His keynotes and seminars leave audiences inspired, laughing and learning.
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joel Blackwell - Introduction - You Can Influence Politicians and Public Policy (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Thursday February 28th, 2019 • 7 - 8 pm  • $50

You will learn specific techniques to influence elected officials from city council to Congress and mistakes to avoid including -

How to influence elected officials with little time and effort, why you already know everything you need to become an effective advocate, and what message legislators want from you compared to professional lobbyists.

Joel Blackwell, author of “Personal Political Power in California,” was an award-winning reporter and editor at the Miami Herald. He interviewed elected officials, lobbyists, volunteer advocates, and academic researchers to find out what works to influence senators and representatives. He has worked for associations and corporations in 47 states and Washington DC, helping them build grassroots systems to support their professional lobbyists. His keynotes and seminars leave audiences inspired, laughing and learning.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

CANCELLED: Class: Kerrin Meis - Romanticism (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; April 5 - 26 (no class 4/19) , 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $110

Please note: This class has been cancelled.

A state of mind, not a style, the prevailing attitude in music, literature, and the visual arts from about 1798 until around 1846. We study painting in Germany, Norway, England, France, Switzerland and Spain and encounter artists Caspar David. Friedrich, Johann Christian Dahl, the English watercolorists Girtin and Cotman,  John Constable, JMW Turner, Heinrichi Fussli, Delacroix, Gericault, Girodet, Baron Gros, and Francisco Goya whose Romanticism gives way to Realism.

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 - Celebrating the De Young Museum II (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; March 8 - 22 , 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $110

We’ll be looking at the fascinating history of the museum, its founders, donors, and its controversial rebuilding. Then study in context masterpieces of American Painting including landscapes, study meaning in the canvases of Eakins and Hopper, marvel at the trompe l' oeil works of Harnett and Peto. Then study works by O' Keeffe, Hartley, Ramos, Brown, Park, Diebenkorn and Thiebaud.

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

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