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Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Splendid architecture and decorative arts, glorious gardens, and spectacular holiday decorations indoors and out are just some of the reasons that an outing two of the Brandywine Valley’s favorite destinations offers an ideal way to spend a Saturday. Add the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur and the itinerary becomes irresistible.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

In this richly illustrated seminar, art historian Bonita Billman explores the lives and careers of van Gogh and other notable artists in Paris and their depictions of the celebrities and scenes of everyday life in Montmartre—the night life and low life of a bohemian world.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Spend an afternoon with professional holiday decorator Coleen Christian Burke as she covers the traditions of White House holiday decorating, brings you behind the scenes as the seasonal transformation takes place, and shares some practical tips on how you can make your own holiday home reflect the sparkle of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Splendid architecture and decorative arts, glorious gardens, and spectacular holiday decorations indoors and out are just some of the reasons that an outing two of the Brandywine Valley’s favorite destinations offers an ideal way to spend a Saturday. Add the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur and the itinerary becomes irresistible.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Splendid architecture and decorative arts, glorious gardens, and spectacular holiday decorations indoors and out are just some of the reasons that an outing two of the Brandywine Valley’s favorite destinations offers an ideal way to spend a Saturday. Add the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur and the itinerary becomes irresistible.

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

A visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers a rare glimpse into a one-hidden world through rich and diverse objects from the Palace Museum in Beijing. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Art historian Robert DeCaroli explores the dynamic and far-reaching history of China’s art, examining a complex legacy in which social, religious, and political shifts gave rise to new and variant forms of material culture. (World Art History Certificate core course)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Art historian Renee Gondek leads a survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture of the Paleolithic period, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and the Greek and Roman worlds, and investigates how these ancient material cultures are still reflected in our own. (World Art History Certificate core course)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The interplay of natural elements produces a spare but eloquent beauty in karesansui gardens designed for calm and reflection. Landscape architect and writer Marc Peter Keane traces the origins, symbolism, and spiritual aspects of this Japanese gardening tradition that has been embraced the world over.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session one of a six-session course.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Like any language, art has its own vocabulary—one in which you discover more meaning and gratification as your fluency increases. Spend a day expanding your understanding of how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it, and how to see in a cultural context. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

You’ve likely had her work in your hands—and on your cards and letters. Now meet art director Ethel Kessler, who designed more than 300 beautiful stamps for the US Postal Service, including the now-iconic Breast Cancer Awareness stamp.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Architecture and urban studies lecturer Bill Keene offers a portrait of a complex innovator whose life encompassed acclaim and triumph as well as scandal and tragedy. Tom Wright, the architect’s grandson, provides a look at the joys and challenges of living in and maintaining a Wright-designed house in Bethesda. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Art historian Lawrence Butler illuminates the history of England from the 7th to 14th centuries by examining treasures from a buried ship, the illuminated Lindsfarne Gospels, the Bayeux Tapestry, and majestic Canterbury Cathedral. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session two of a six-session course.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session three of a six-session course.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session four of a six-session course.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session five of a six-session course.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session six of a six-session course.

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