Art & Culture Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis- Persephone's Island: An Art and Architectural Tour of Sicily

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Three Fridays: Nov. 7-21 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $110
 
Sicily, the meeting place of Africa and Europe in the Mediterranean was occupied by the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, and the Normans. All left marvelous monuments: Temples in Segesta and Agrigento, the Greco-Roman theatre in Taormina and fascinating mosaics of Villa Romana Casale, and the Capella Palatina in Palermo as well as its churches and the great cathedral at Monreale. We visit Noto and Siracusa for spectacular Baroque architecture and Reggio Calabria to view the Riace Bronzes.
 
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!
 
Recommended Reading:
The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
On Persephone's Island by Mary Taylor Simeti
Seeking Sicily by John Keahy
Lonely Planet's Sicily
 
 
 
 
 

CANCELLED- Class: Kerrin Meis - To Russia With Love

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Four Fridays: Sept. 12-Oct. 3 • 10:00-12:00pm • $140
 
PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. FOR INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING CLASSES OR ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOOK PASSAGE CLASSES DEPARTMENT AT 415-927-0960 x1

Join Kerrin Meis on a virtual tour of St. Petersburg, Moscow, and the Cities of the Golden Ring to study their architecture, moving from medieval times to the Italian contributions of the 18th century, from 11th-century icons to Malevich and beyond. We’ll include the paintings, sculpture, and artifacts of the Kremlin, the incomparable Hermitage, the Pushkin Gallery, the Russian Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery. A coda to the course will be a look at the thousands of works of avant-garde art smuggled out of Russia by Norman Dodge, now at Rutgers University.
 
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 - Masterpieces in University Art Museums

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 3:15pm to 5:00pm

Four Wednesdays • July 16-Aug 6 • 3:15-5:00 pm • $100

Join art historian Kerrin Meis in an odyssey to some of the finest art collections in the country, all located in university art museums. We study masterpieces from all periods, visiting collections including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C., the Fogg Museum, The Yale Art Gallery, and museums at Smith College, Oberlin College, and Dartmouth among others. The works of art will be discussed in terms of content. We ask how a professor teaching another discipline might have students engage with these works and see how art steps in when other means of communication fail. Participants may want to plan a field trip to the University Art Museum at Stanford.

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 - Enduring Images: Mythology & Western Art

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 3:15pm to 5:00pm

Four Wednesdays • June 18-July 9 • 3:15-5:00 pm • $100

The ancient myths sought to explain the fears and delights of existence and continue to do so today. We’ll explore the stories of Homer, the Greek dramatists, Ovid, and others as interpreted by Greek vase painters, Roman sculptors, Medieval book illustrators, and Renaissance and Baroque painters and sculptors. What do the images tell us of the concerns of the times in which they were produced? Artists range from Exekias to Salvador Dali, and they will be examined as we unravel the many conquests of Zeus, Cupid and Psyche, Narcissus and Echo, and many others.

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

CANCELLED: Class: Virginia Simpson- Magruder - Art Journaling Your Travels

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Sat., May 17 • 1:00-5:00 pm & Sun., May 18 •1:00-4:00pm • $135 (Sunday ONLY $60)

Class is cancelled - please call (415) 927-0960 for further information

Make your travel experiences memorable by keeping an art journal. On Day 1, you learn how to transform a blank journal into a creative expression of your journeys. Day 2 will be studio time. If you have previously taken the “Art Journal Your Travels” workshop, you can attend this session in lieu of Day 1.

Virginia Simpson-Magruder of Kentucky Girl Designs, is an altered book and jewelry artist. She can be found at her art studio at the Novato Arts Center and at www.kentuckygirldesigns.com.

 

Class: Kerrin Meis - Annenberg Collection

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Friday, June 20, 10:00-12:30 pm, $35

Since their acquisitions in the 1950s, Walter and Lee Annenberg have purchased only the finest examples of works from Boudin to Picasso, bequeathing the entire collection to the Metropolitan Museum. Our virtual tour will study in depth a great many of these masterpieces, addressing issues of content, moments of inspiration in the artist’s life, and particular qualities provided by locale and provenance. Our cast includes Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vuillard, concluding with Picasso’s “At the Lapin Agile”. Join Kerrin Meis in this imaginary visit to 82nd and Fifth!

Class: Steve Rabinowitsh - Why We Love Paris

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Two Wednesdays, Apr. 23 & 30 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $120 (or $70 for one class)

Steve Rabinowitsh has lived in Paris and led walking tours through the city. He has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and teaches at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Class 1: History of Paris Architecture and Development: Focuses on the development of Paris from Roman times to the present. The class explores the architectural history of Paris and its most important buildings.

Class 2: Virtual Walks in Paris: The class takes virtual walks of the neighborhoods of Paris, touring the Marais, the Left Bank, and other lesser known areas. 

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.

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