Art & Culture Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis- Celebrating the de Young: Great American and Modernist Art

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Four Fridays: Feb. 6-27 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $140
 
Study the masterworks for which the de Young is famous. We begin with Copley, move on to West, Stuart, Vanderlyn et al, view the landscapes of Bierstadt, Church and Keith, study Bingham and Johnson, and marvel trompe l’oeil canvases of Harnett and Peto. The American Realists and Impressionists round out our tour of the 19th century. We then revel in 20th century works by Bay Area Figurative Artists, ending with an ode to Thiebaud.
 

Class: Kerrin Meis- Cultural History of Wine in Western Art

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Fri., Jan. 30 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $35
 
Through illustrations of works of art we study the origins of winein Mesopotamia, its use in secular revelry in the Greco-Roman world and sacred ritual celebrations that begin with early Christianity and continue through the Renaissance and well beyond. We see how the hedonistic expression “Carpe Diem” becomes the admonishing phrase “Vanitas” in the seventeenth century. In Vino Veritas! -- compare Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” with Edvard Munch’s “The Hangover.”
 

Class: Kerrin Meis- The History of the Book in the West

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Three Fridays: Jan. 9-23 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $110
 
The course will focus on book illustration, tracing the development of the codex from ancient times to the present, looking at Astronomical treatises, Bibles, Haggadot, Books of Hours and the illumination of texts from Virgil to Dante to Edgar Allen Poe and beyond. An explanation of the techniques and materials employed to create these brilliant images includes the transition from palm leaves to papyrus to parchment and finally to paper. We discuss the roles of authors, illustrators and the market.

Class: Meghan Ward- Social Media Mastery 2

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sat., Nov. 1 • 9:00-1:00 pm • $65
 
In this class, students will receive individual analyses of the following social media platforms from a master: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Google+. Meghan Ward is the author of Runaway: Confessions of A Not-So-Supermodel and the owner of Writerland.com, a weekly blog about writing and publishing.
 

Class: Kerrin Meis- Modernism, Avante-Garde Art 1900-1940

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Four Fridays: Oct. 10-31 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $140
 
What exactly was Modernism?  From our vantage point a century later we shall be examining the avant-garde movements in the visual arts in Europe from 1900 to 1940.   Modernism had its roots in the late nineteenth century when artists began a move toward abstraction albeit in very different ways.  Increasingly less reliant on nature they were interested in art for art's sake.  We shall see that in the high period of modernism, art divorced itself from its societal moorings and withdrew, supposedly to save its creative essence, from the real world.  There were certain artists who bucked this trend toward abstraction: the Surrealists, whose notion of reality fell entirely outside traditional views of the world and the artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit who addressed the problems of Weimar society.  One of the major debates during the period was about the role of art in our society. Arnold Schoenberg once declared that nothing done for a purpose could be art, whereas Picasso remarked that art was not something to hang on a wall but a weapon with which to attack an enemy,  We will begin with the Austrian Secession; Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka and move on to Germany : The artists of Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter. We'll encounter the Fauves in France: Matisse, Derain, et al. The pioneers of Cubism: Braque and Picasso, Orphism and the Delaunays will be followed by a study of the Italian Futurists. We will pay special attention to the Women artists of the Russian Avant-Garde as well as the enigmatic, colorful visions of Marc Chagall.  We will return to Germany to see what Kandinsky and Klee are teaching at the Bauhaus, to Holland, then Paris for the artists of de Stijl: Mondrian and Van Doesburg  and at the artists of Die Neue Sachlichkeit-- Then to Paris to see what was happening between the wars.  We conclude with Dada and the beginnings of Surrealism in the work of de Chirico, Miro, and Dali.
 
Recommended Reading:
Italian Futurism 1909-1944, by Guggenheim Museum 
 
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- 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.

 

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