Art & Culture Classes

Class: Peg Conley - Inspired Play, Insightful Learning

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Sat., August 8 • 10:00 am-12:00 pm • $20

A workshop based on Peg Conley’s book, Imagine the Life You’d Love to Live then Live It. Come join Peg as she leads you into a series of playful prompts comprised of writing and drawing exercises. You’ll discover your own inner wisdom and delight in the JOY of creativity. No prior writing or drawing experience required. Bring your journal if you have one. Materials provided.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Carl Gosline - InDesign Intensive Part I (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 9:00am
Sunday, May 29 • 9:00am - 12:00pm • $150

Beginner to Intermediate skill levels

Morning: basics/workspace/tools/palettes/options/layers/color space/styles

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Popular teacher Carl Gosline presents a new course on Adobe InDesign, which he has been using since version 1 was released in 1999. Carl delivers content in a style that is easy to grasp and will arm you with expert level skills. The morning session will focus on the basics, from understanding the tools and workspace optimization, and the afternoon session will focus on more complicated document handling techniques. After attending these sessions you will be able to confidently create any kind of document, from business cards to billboards and anything in between…including laying out that book you plan to self-publish. Join us knowing that you will come away with new skills that you can put to use immediately.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Carl Gosline - Photoshop for Beginners-Part 1

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Sat., April 18, 2015 • 2:30pm-5:30pm • $150

Topics to be covered:

    • Getting Familiar with Photoshop
    • Customizing the Interface
    • Using Adobe Bridge
    • File formats, Image Resolution
    • Understanding the Tools
    • Color Modes and Control
    • Navigating Images
    • Basics of Adjustments
    • Cropping, Straightening, Rescaling, Warping, Transforming
    • Making Selections
    • Channels, Layers, Paths

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Carl Gosline, a Photoshop user of nearly 20 years provides easy to understand information packed sessions with an amiable and amusing manner. If you are interested in exploring Photoshop but previously held back due to the enormity of the undertaking, there is no better place to start! Session Two builds on Session One, however each class can be considered a “stand-alone” session and if you miss the first, you will still leave Session Two feeling satisfied with the knowledge you have gained. Carl’s infectious enthusiasm will be sure to inspire your learning.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - J.M.W. Turner: Painter of Light

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Please Note: The date for this class has changed to June 26th. If you have any questions, please call 415-927-0960 ext. 230. 

Friday, June 26 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $40

In a preview of the exhibition Turner: Setting Painting Free opening at the de Young on June 20, we study, analyze and interpret the late works of this great Romantic landscape and seascape painter who is credited both with elevating landscape to the status of History Painting and for blurring his images so that they are easily understood as the precursors of Impressionism. John Ruskin described him as the man who could “most strikingly and movingly evoke the moods of nature - even though it involved strapping himself to a mast during a fierce storm!” The term ‘tinted steam’ was once used to describe his late views of Venice. Let’s have a look!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - From Russia with Love

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Please Note: The dates for this class have changed to July. If you have any questions, please call 415-927-0960 ext. 230.

Four Fridays, July 3, 10, 17 & 31 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $140

A virtual tour of the spectacular museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg: The Pushkin Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, The Russian Museum and the incomparable Hermitage. We will study the painting, sculpture and architecture with the goal of learning much about the history and culture of Russia as well as the art of collecting as exemplified by Catherine the Great, Sergei Shchukin, Ivan Morizov and the German collectors of French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and 20th century paintings removed to Russia during WWII Spectacular masterpieces!

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - The Phenomenon of the Self-Portrait

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Please Note: The dates for this class have changed to August. If you have any questions, please call 415-927-0960 ext. 230. 
Four Fridays, Aug. 7, 21, 28 & Sept. 4 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $140
From its origins in Medieval scriptoria to the compulsively repetitive images of Egon Schiele and Cindy Sherman, we study this important genre of painting.  What was the artist's intention? Self reflection a la Montaigne? The Status of the artist? Illustration of an aesthetic idea? Comments on society? Why do some artists paint so many "selfies" and other artists so few? Case studies include Durer, Caravaggio, Velazquez, Hogarth, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Picasso, Robert Arneson and Andy Warhol.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - American Impressionism

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

2 Tuesdays: Jan. 24 & 31, 2017 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $75

Study the birth of the movement in the United States with special emphasis on William Merritt Chase who, in 1886, was the first major American artist to create Impressionist canvases. He was followed by Willard Metcalf, Theodore Robinson, John Henry Twachtman, Edmund Tarbell, Frank W Benson, Cecilia Beaux , Frederick Frieseke, Childe Hassam and others all of whom demonstrated a unique personal style while embracing light, color , vigorous brushwork and real-life subjects.  

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.


Class: Mary Edwards - Jump Start Your Art Career

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00am
Saturday, May 6 • 10:00am-12:30pm • $60

This lively workshop is for emerging and established visual artists who want to figure out the next steps in an art career.  Topics include:

  • A summary of art world trends in the Bay Area and across the United States 
  • Guiding principles to follow, no matter where you are in your career  
  • Four levels of exhibition opportunities, & how to identify the best ones for you
  • A list of “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when looking for a gallery
  • An overview of resources for visual artists (websites, magazines, journals, professional associations, etc.)

A recent participant said:  “The handouts alone from this great class guided my career for six months!”


Mary Edwards, Ph.D.

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach for artists, based in Marin.  She has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and received her coach training from the College of Executive Coaching.  She has taught workshops for artists at Book Passage (Corte Madera), Dominican University, Art Works Downtown, and the ICB Artists Association.   Mary has written articles for a number of national art magazines, including Professional Artist, Studios, and Artists & Makers.  Currently she is completing a book titled “Left Brain Skills for Right-Brained People.”

Mary brings a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to her practice.  She works with painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, and other creative people who want to reach the next level in their careers.


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.”


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