Art & Culture Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - Tissot: The Non-Impressionist (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; February 8 & 15, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

James Jacques Joseph Tissot was a French artist  best known for his paintings of fashionably dressed women in elegant settings first in France, then in London. Friendships with Morisot, Degas, and Manet had little influence on his style which is highly descriptive & realistic. We will study his life and career, including his affair with Kathleen Newton, & his late works embracing Biblical Subjects including a Life of Christ.

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 - Claude Monet and Architecture (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; January 25 & Feb 1, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

The FAMSF has surveyed his early work and is now exhibiting his late paintings. We will focus on the highly successful middle years at Argenteuil and abroad: London, the Netherlands, France and Italy- his confrontation, not only with nature but with architecture.

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: Joel Paul - The Right to Speak: A Closer Look at the First Amendment (Corte Madera)

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 6:30pm

4 Thursdays; Jan. 10 - 31 • 6:30-8:30pm • $230

Probably no part of the Constitution has engendered more debate, controversy and passion as the right to “Freedom of Speech” under the First Amendment. Joel Richard Paul, is a Professor
of Constitutional Law at UC Hastings, and he is the right person to guide the class through this critical area of the law. Some may remember Professor Paul as one of the teachers in our class on the U.S. Constitution last fall. He is also the author of two provocative works of history: "Unlikely Allies and Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times". The class will examine some of the key Supreme Court cases on the First Amendment and look at the issues that led up to those cases as well as the consequences of those decisions going forward.

The issues are complex and always controversisal, so participants may find themselves debating the issues just as passionately as those who argued them before the Supreme Court! 

Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594484872
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Books - November 2nd, 2010

Look out for Joel Paul’s new book, Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times


Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594488238
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 20th, 2018

The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Masterpieces of European Art in the Legion of Honor (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; Nov. 16 & 30 (no class Nov. 23) • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

Often ignored by visitors, special exhibitions are superb examples of European art housed in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. From Medieval sculpture and painting through the nineteenth century we will look closely at works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, El Greco, Titian, Fra Angelico, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Tiepolo,  Watteau, Vigee-Lebrun, Daumier, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro and Rodin. We begin with the history of the institution -its founders and benefactors including Alma de Bretteville Spreckels.

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 - Chasing Color and Light in Provence and the Riviera (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; Nov. 2 & 9 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

Artists from the Impressionists to Matisse and Picasso were captivated by the light of the South of France. Van Gogh at Arles, Cezanne at Aix- en- Provence, Renoir at Cagnes- sur- Mer, Monet at Antibes, Raoul Dufy, Pierre Bonnard, George Braque, Andre Derain  all succumbed. We will pay special attention to Nice and St. Paul de Vence, the Musee Matisse and the Chagall Museum as well as the Maeght Foundation.  

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: Susan Fritz-Prey - Classical Music ABC's (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 10:30am

Six Mondays; April 8 - May 13  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm • $200

This class is for those new to Classical music or for anyone who would like to have a deeper, more rewarding listening experience. We will look at how we listen and consider ways to expand and apply those skills while hearing beautiful music from the Baroque through the 21st century.  

Susan Fritz-Prey has a doctorate and master's degree in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California.  She has taught at USC and SF State as well as other universities, and she has performed throughout the US. Currently, Susan maintains a private piano studio in Marin County. 

*$20 materials fee included.    

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Paul Gauguin's Search (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; January 11 & 18, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

A current exhibit at the de Young Museum focuses on his quest to understand spirituality: his own and that or other cultures. We will explore the entire career of this enigmatic painter, sculptor and writer from his early works in Copenhagen, to Pont- Aven and on to Tahiti.

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

Pre-Conference Class: Candace Rose Rardon - The Art & Soul of Travel Sketching (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$120 for Travel Writers & Photographers Conference participants; $170 for general public

 

Travel sketching not only helps us create rich, vibrant memories of the places we’re exploring — it’s a powerful, meaningful way to unlock deeper connections when we’re traveling. Join professional sketch artist and illustrator Candace Rose Rardon for a day of watercolor travel sketching. Whether you’re looking to hone and develop your sketching skills, or discover them for the first time, creativity will be at the heart of this workshop. The morning will begin at Book Passage in Corte Madera with a classroom-based sketching workshop and series of demonstrations covering perspective, composition, and watercolors. After lunch, Rardon will lead participants on the Larkspur Path to downtown Larkspur, where the group will sketch on-location together. By the end of the day, participants will have developed greater confidence with sketching on-location, as well as a creative new way of documenting their travels. Lunch will be provided.

Candace Rose Rardon is a writer, illustrator, and visual storyteller whose work has appeared on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel site, Longreads, BBC Travel, and in Lonely Planet travel anthologies, among others. In addition, her website Moment Sketchers has received a bronze Lowell Thomas Award for best travel blog, and she earned an MA in Travel Writing from Kingston University in London. Conference alum.

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Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
Aug. 8-11, 2019 • Corte Madera • 28th Annual
World’s Premier Conference for Travel Writers & Photographers

The Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference has an extraordinary, international reputation among publishers, editors, and writers. Now in its 28th year, this four-day conference offers an array of writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, and more. The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference is legendary, with participants and faculty from all over the world. There are morning specialty classes, afternoon sessions on topics of interest, and evening presentations by well-known writers and photographers. Optional evaluations of participants’ work are available. The conference begins with a big opening dinner and includes breakfast and lunch buffets each day.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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 - Los Angeles: Collectors & Collections (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; May 3, 10, & 17  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $110

We will study highlights from the LA County Museum of Art, the renovated Getty Villa including recent acquisitions of paintings, sculpture and manuscripts, the Norton Simon Museum which is home to an outstanding collection of Asian and European Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Gardens.

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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