Art & Culture Classes

Class: Cynthia Pepper - From Short Story to Short Film

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., Mar. 15 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60

Cynthia Pepper’s short films have won Emmy Awards and are distributed worldwide. She has worked on over 90 films with budgets of every size. This class reviews all the elements of translating a short personal story into a film. Topics include creating a simple treatment or script, drawing shooting boards, casting, location scouting, simple directing techniques, producing, editing, and scoring a short film. Students are encouraged to send a three-sentence synopsis prior to the class (instructions available upon registration). Advance registration required.

CANCELLED: Class: Roger Housden - Discovering Provence

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Four Weds., Mar. 5-26 • 3:00-4:30 pm • $100

 

This class has been cancelled. Please call (415) 927-0960 for more information. Thank you.

 

Provence is a land that captures the imagination through the work of the great artists of the late 19th century. This class explores how painters like Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Signac, Matisse, Bonnard, and Gauguin drew inspiration from the landscape of Provence and helped shape our images of it. We look also at the images we carry in our own minds of this region. Roger Housden is the author of Saved by Beauty and Ten Poems to Say Goodbye.

Class: Kerrin Meis - Intimate Impressionism: Paintings from the National Gallery of Art

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Four Fridays: Apr. 4-25 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $120

We offer a preview and analysis of the seventy Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings on loan to the Legion of Honor beginning March 29, celebrating the personal places of Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, and Cezanne, as well as the interiority of the Nabi painters Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard. Learn the stories behind these masterpieces. Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University and leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

Class: Kerrin Meis - Romanticism

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Four Fridays: Mar. 7-28 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $120

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 and rhetorical themes, painters and sculptors escaped reality, reveling in the infinite, in distant, exotic lands, in dreams and fantasies and the dark terror of the psyche. We study painters and sculptors in France, England, America, and Germany, including Goya in Spain. Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University and leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Class: Mary Edwards - Jump Start Your Art Career

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Sat., Feb. 8 • 10:30-12:30pm • $50

What's going on in the art world? What are galleries and museums looking for now? What makes the Bay Area a unique place for artists? This workshop will help emerging and established artists learn the basic business strategies required for success. Topics include: how to create an artist-friendly business plan, how to think like an entrepreneur, and how to use professional networks to advance your career. 

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach for artists and creative entrepreneurs. She works with painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, graphic artists, and other creative people. Mary has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught workshops and classes for artists throughout the Bay Area.  

 

 

 

Class: Virginia Simpson-Magruder - Art Journaling Your Travels

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Sat., Jan. 18 1:00-5:00pm • $70

Advanced registration required to receive supply list.

Make your travel experiences memorable by keeping an art journal! In this workshop you will transform a blank journal into a creative expression of your journey using art media, magazine pictures, and collage to prep your pages for writing. You’ll learn how to create journal pockets and storage areas to hold trip memorabilia, and get tips on how to alter and incorporate travel photos into your journal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class: Kerrin Meis - Splendor of Eastern Turkey

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

3 Fri. & 1 Wed. • Feb. 7, 14, 26, & 28 • 10:00-12:00pm on Fridays & 3:00-5:00pm on Wednesdays • $120

Study this fantastic repository of the relics of lost Hittite and Urartian civilizations, as well as ancient Roman, Biblical, Seljuk, Armenian and Crusader structures. Examine the earliest “temple” at Gobekli Tepe with its 12,000-year-old carvings, the colossal sculpture of Mt. Nemrut, the Abdurrahman mosque of Urfa, and the beehive architecture of Harran. Highlights include: Byzantine Trabzon’s Santa Sofia, the Sumeli Monastery, and the magnificent carvings on the Armenian Church on Akdamar Island, plus the ghostly ruined Christian city at Ani. At Gaziantep, the class will examine the Roman mosaics from Zeugma, the magnificent Ulu mosque at Dyarbakir and Ishak Pasha Palace, the Taj Mahal of Turkey! Kerrin Meis leads a tour to Eastern Turkey in May.

 

Suggested Reading:
Eastern Turkey: The Bradt Travel Guide by Diana Darke

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

 

Bradt Eastern Turkey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781841623399
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bradt Travel Guides - April 12th, 2011

The only in-depth guide to Eastern Turkey, covering everything from Ankara, Konya and Cappadocia eastwards.


Class: Kerrin Meis - Art in the San Francisco Bay Area

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

4 Fridays • Jan. 10-31 • 10:00-12:00pm • $120

Survey some of the painters and sculptors who responded to changing cultural patterns in the Bay Area, focusing on the high spots: the Arts and Crafts Movement of 1890-1920; the Society of Six; the California colorists; and Bay Area abstraction and figurative artists, including David Park and Richard Diebenkorn. Look at the sculpture by Ruth Asawa (with a map for a self-guided tour of her work).

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

 

 

 

POSTPONED - Class: Kerrin Meis - Art in the San Francisco Bay Area

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

This class has been postponed - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 230 for more information

From the first cry of “Gold” in 1848 to the aftermath of World War II, we shall survey some of the painters and sculptors who responded to changing cultural patterns in the Bay Area. Set up as a nonlinear survey, the class focuses on the highlights: the Arts and Crafts Movement of 1890-1920, the Society of Six, the California colorists, and the Bay Area’s abstraction and figurative art, especially that of David Park and Richard Diebenkorn. Close attention will be paid to the large body of sculpture by Ruth Asawa and her commitment to the arts. A map for a self-guided tour of her work will be distributed. We’ll finish with Wayne Thiebaud: Pop or Not? Suggested preparation: the exhibit at the de Young Museum on Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years (ends Sept. 29).
 

Class: Kerrin Meis - La Serenissima: Art of Venice

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

4 Wednesdays • Nov. 13, 20, Dec. 4, & Friday, Dec. 6 • 3:00-5:00pm • $120

**Please note the date change

 

 

This new class on the art and architecture of the Serene Republic of Venice features Byzantine mosaics, Venetian Gothic architecture,Renaissance paintings by Carpaccio, Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, Andrea Palladio’s churches, and a whole string of country villas. The heavenly 18th century frescoes of Tiepolo and his gifted son, Giandomenico and the delightful genre scenes of Guardi and Longhi will also be discussed in the context of piety, politics, and commerce of the Queen of the Adriatic.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years. 

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