Art & Culture Classes

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, 2018 • 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

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 - The Art of Northern Spain (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; Oct. 12 - 26 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $120

Study the Art and Architecture of Visigothic Oviedo, Romanesque, Catalonia as well as monasteries and Cathedrals on the pilgrimage road including the frescoes and Royal tombs of Leon. Compare the work of Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Special attention to the Cathedral of Santiago.

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

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