Art & Culture Classes

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. 

Class: Kerrin Meis - Masters of Light: Sargent, Sorolla & Zorn

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

3 Fridays • Nov. 1-15 • 10:00-12:00pm • $100



John Singer Sargent, expatriate American, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida of Spain, and Anders Zorn of Sweden are recognized as brilliant portraitists. It is, however, their scenes of everyday life and the luminosity that results from their handling of paint that deserve our attention. All three were widely traveled and their paintings reveal much about the locales they explored. This class was inspired by the exhibit opening at the Legion of Honor on Nov. 9 about Anders Zorn. Students may arrange a group field trip to the museum. Field trip not included in fee.

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. 

Class: Rea Franjetic - Cuba

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Wed., Oct. 2 • 6:00-8:00pm • $25



 Find splendid colonial cities, timeless beauty, and a fascinating culture waiting to be discovered. Experience this fast-changing island through dazzling pictures. 


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera

Class: Rea Franjetic - Vietnam

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Wed., Sept. 25 • 6:00-8:00pm • $25



Franjetic shares Vietnam's tumultuous history, colonial charm, vibrant colors, and inspiring Mekong Delta.  

Class: Rea Franjetic - The Balkans

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Wed., Sept. 18 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $25
Get historical background about the popular Adriatic coast and other historical gems of this region.

Class: Kerrin Meis - Significant Others

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Six Wednesdays: Aug. 21-Oct. 2 (no class Sept. 4) • 3:00-5:00 pm • $150
Study couples in the visual arts whose partnership inspired outstanding works of painting, sculpture, textiles, and furniture. Some relationships were stormy, some brief. Did they produce their best work while together or did separation lead to higher achievement? We also look at other artists in their circle. Artists include Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov; Sonia and Robert Delaunay; Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst; Gabrielle Muenter and Wassily Kandinsky; Marianne von Werefkin and Alexei Jawlensky; Picasso and Braque inventing Cubism; and Van Gogh and Gauguin. 

Class: Kerrin Meis - Celebrating the Legion of Honor

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

5 Fridays: July 19-Aug. 30 (no class July 26 or Aug. 9) • 10:30-12:30pm • $135



An in-depth exploration of the masterpieces in this gem of a museum. The survey includes a history of the museum, its Ancient, Egyptian and near Eastern works, its sculpture collection including Rodin, and the important works on paper collected by the Achenbach Foundation. Hear three lectures on European painting: Medieval and Renaissance works from Italy, Germany and Spain; 17th &18th century works from the Netherlands, Italy, France, and England.


Class: Robert Holmes - Travel Photography in Point Reyes

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

A Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
Wed., Aug. 7 • 9:00-6:00 pm • $120 for TWC Attendees, $170 for General Public



Join award-winning landscape, food, and wine photographers Robert Holmes and Andrea Johnson for a day of exploration and photography. Throughout the day, they demonstrate the art of finding, framing, and capturing photos. Participants have time to wander and photograph one of Marin’ most scenic open spaces. They will then meet over a picnic lunch to talk about their experiences and share their work. Lunch and transportation included.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera

Class: Cynthia Pepper - Intro to the Short Film

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Sat., July 20 • 1:30-4:30 pm • $60



Cynthia Pepper’s short films have won Emmy Awards and are distributed worldwide. This class discusses all the elements of translating a short story into a film. Topics include writing a simple treatment or screenplay, creating shooting boards, casting, finding locations, directing, producing, editing, and scoring a short film on a variety of budgets. Students may send a three sentence synopsis prior to the class (details upon registration).



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