Music, Art & Poetry Classes

Class: Kerrin Meis - Discover America’s Hidden Art Museums

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 1:00pm
photo of art history teacher Kerrin Meis

Two Fridays: Dec 6 & 13 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • $80

In this exciting sequel to Small Spaces Superb Collections we visit under-the-radar art museums from coast to coast. Some small, some large and hidden in plain sight, they hold major masterpieces covering 4,000 years of Western art. Studying highlights of each collection in depth, we savor the architecture, painting, and sculpture. Included are the Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago, the Taft Museum, the Chrysler Museum, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has lead study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

What Students Are Saying about Kerrin Meis

I love that Kerrin discusses little known sites and anecdotes. She makes you want to get out your map and go off the beaten path. Recently we knew the Jeopardy answer “What is the Stone of Scone?” because of her!!! Kerrin is magic. – Vikki D.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jerry Frohmader - Swinging into the Fabulous 50s!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of composer, performer, teacher Jerry Frohmader

Four Tuesdays: Jan. 7 - 28 • 1:00–3:00 pm • Tuition: $125

From zoot suits and saddle shoes to sock hops, malt shops and big tail fins we discover how the swing era climaxed, kept swinging, but with the help of television became a multi-layered pop culture with the Hit Parade, Country Music, Rhythm and Blues, and Cool Jazz. Enjoy the journey with songs such as “I’m Beginning to See the Light”, “String of Pearls”, to “Harbor Lights”, “The Tennessee Waltz”, “All Shook Up”, “Blueberry Hill”, as well as Brubeck’s “Take Five”, “Only You”, by The Platters, and Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock”. 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

Class: Kerrin Meis - Mastering the Met

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of art history teacher Kerrin Meis

Three Fridays: Jan 10, 17 & 24 • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • $120

Home to over two million masterworks spanning cultures and time periods, the Metropolitan Museum of Art can be somewhat daunting. Rather than trying to see everything on view, we study carefully chosen works of painting, sculpture, jewelry, tapestry, and photography from important world art centers representing major movements in art. From a 3,000-year Hittite gold pendant to an Artist’s Studio painted in 2019 we will scrutinize each work, asking the important When? Where? By whom? and Why? We include the Cloisters!

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has lead study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

What Students Are Saying about Kerrin Meis

I love that Kerrin discusses little known sites and anecdotes. She makes you want to get out your map and go off the beaten path. Recently we knew the Jeopardy answer “What is the Stone of Scone?” because of her!!! Kerrin is magic. – Vikki D.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: John Hart - Poetry, Anyone?

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 7:00pm
photo of poet and poetry teacher John Hart

Eight Mondays: Feb 17 – Apr 6, 2020 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm • $225

Let’s admit it: Not all poetry is equally interesting. Some poems grab the reader right away and don’t let go. Others are tricky but have their hidden rewards. Still others just lie there. But which is which? We read a handful of poems, old and new, each week and then have fun disagreeing about them. “If you like poetry,” a repeat participant says, “you’ll enjoy this class. If you don’t know if you like poetry, you’ll enjoy this class." If you think you don't know anything about poetry, you are likely to be very surprised. Widely published local poet, author, and editor of the poetry journal Blue Unicorn,

John Hart is a seasoned teacher with deep knowledge and love of poetry from every era. 

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 • 10:00am-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 • 10am – 1pm • $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