Music, Art & Poetry Classes

CANCELLED: Class: Kerrin Meis - The Art of Islam: From the Dome of the Rock to the Taj Mahal

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 1:00pm

Please note: This class has been cancelled. We hope to announce a rescheduled date later this year.

Four Fridays: March 6-27 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $160

The arts of Islamic civilization from the seventh to the seventeenth century when its heartlands were the pivots of transcontinental trade. Besides madrasas, caravansaries, mosques and luxury palaces we study calligraphy (perhaps the most highly regarded art form in Islam) and the art of the illustrated book. Explore the desert palaces of Jordan and Israel, the Ummayad mosque in Cordoba, the Mamluks in Cairo, the Timurids in Central Asia, the Ottomans in Constantinople, the Safavids in Persia, the Nazarids in Al-Andalus (The Alhambra), concluding with Mughal India.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Candace Rose Rardon - The Art & Soul of Travel Sketching Weekend Retreat

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Candace Rose Rardon, sketch artist, illustrator, travel

Two days: Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8 • 10:00 am-4:00 pm • $295

Travel sketching not only helps create vibrant memories of the places we’re exploring — it’s a way to unlock deeper connections when we’re traveling. Join professional sketch artist and illustrator CandaceRose Rardon for two days of watercolor travel sketching. Whether you’re looking to hone your skills or discover them for the first time, creativity will be at the heart of this weekend. Saturday will take place at Book Passage, with a classroom-based workshop and demonstrations covering perspective, composition, and watercolors.

On Sunday, Rardon will lead participants to Larkspur where the group will sketch together. By the end of the weekend, participants will have developed greater confidence with sketching on-location, as well as a creative new way of documenting their travels.

Lunches and a wine & cheese reception will be provided. 

Candace Rose Rardon is a professional sketch artist and illustrator with a passion for connecting with the world through art. Her artwork has appeared on National Geographic, BBC Travel, and the Calm meditation app, among others, and she’s also been featured by the N.Y. Times as a sketch artist.

Image (right): Sketching on-location at Arizona's Horseshoe Bend

What Students Are Saying about Candace Rose Rardon

"Candace’s class was informative, concise, and well designed. It was presented in a thoughtful, detailed, and humorous way while allowing the students to apply the skills learned through her unending support, caring suggestions, and brilliant ideas to further enhance the sketching experience. Candace taught us the ease of sketching in a brief span of time; for instance, a colorful cafe scene, a time-worn village, or a simple garden setting with just a pencil, paint set, sketchbook, and brush…not to mention the ease of packing the above in a day-pack!” — Kathryn McGeorge, California

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Peter Thabit Jones - Singing in Chains: Sound-texturing in Poetry

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Peter Thabit Jones, poet, sound-texturing

Saturday, April 18 • 10:00 am–1:00 pm • $95

The sound-texturing of a poem connects with the iambic beat in us. Dylan Thomas believed in “the colour of saying,” suggesting it is not just what we say in a poem, but the way we say it. Peter’s talk will focus on the craft of cynghanedd, Welsh-language harmonizing devices, used by Thomas and others in English. The workshop will allow participants to experiment with the devices and poetic forms that lend themselves to creating poems that “sing.”  

Peter Thabit Jones has authored fourteen books, including Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village. A recipient of many awards including the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry (The Society of Authors, London) and the Homer: European Medal of Poetry and Art, Peter will be in America as a writer-in-residence in Big Sur. 

What People Are Saying about Peter Thabit Jones

"Peter Thabit Jones is poetry. He lives, creates and recites the alluring and mysterious. In Salem and in Cambridge MA, Peter’s readings, classes and workshops were magical. His is a dynamic voice and he invites us to explore the world with him. Such an adventure is pure delight as Peter can transform even the arduous job of stone-laying into verse.” – Kristine Doll, Ph.D., Professor, Department of World Cultures and Languages, Salem State University

"Peter Thabit Jones mesmerized a gathering of Boulder poets and novelists at my home, an event to be reprised this fall, to satisfy audience demand. Peter's poems and public appearances have captured the imagination of the Boulder community. To listen to him read is a rare treat, not to be missed in any venue." -- Paul M. Levitt, Professor emeritus, University of Colorado

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jerry Frohmader - The Great American Songbook: Where Have All the Tunes Gone?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Four Tuesdays; June 2 - June 23 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $125

Savor the unforgettable music of Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Mercer & Berlin, as we discuss the careers and musical styles of America’s most popular songwriters from the 20’s to the 60’s. Enjoy such favorites as “I Got Rhythm,” “You’re The Top,” “White Christmas,” "My Funny Valentine," "Somethings Gotta Give," as well as "Rhapsody in Blue," and "Porgy & Bess."  The class includes live, recorded music and video.

An accomplished musician, Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator. He has designed music for multimedia projects and the web, and he  produces music for television commercials, videos and films. Jerry's depth of knowledge and enthusiastic teaching style has earned him a loyal following in Marin. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925