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World Art History Certificate: Elective Courses

Visit two of the most interesting museums that reflect the tastes of their founders—both present and past—when you spend the day exploring the newly expanded Glenstone in suburban Potomac and the venerable Phillips Collection with art historian Ursula Wolfman. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit­)

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Two stunning new contemporary landmarks, the Vessel in Manhattan and Connecticut’s Grace Farms—as well as a private architectural yacht tour of New York harbor—join Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the High Line, and Yale University on the itinerary for a 3-day exploration of the creative synergy between architecture and design. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Depart: Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Return: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:30 p.m.

Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton surveys some of the most beautiful estates of kings and nobles in the Ile-de-France region, and the 19th-century artists who later captured the beauty of the surrounding area in their paintings. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Degas, Manet, and Cassatt achieved remarkable portraits by employing the strong line and luminous color of pastels. Participants in this workshop are introduced to methods for achieving similar results, through sketching or a detailed portrait study. Intermediate students work in the studio with a live model and focus on the elements of portraiture and pastel technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

From the 17th through 19th centuries, Prussia and its capital Berlin came to dominate the political, intellectual, and cultural life of what eventually became the unified German state. Cultural historian Ursula Rehn Wolfman traces this fascinating historical evolution through the expression of Prussian influence in Berlin’s architecture and extraordinary museum collections, as well as in its role as a center for learning. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Monday, June 24, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

In artist-led tours and talks, Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts painting instructor Adrienne Wyman offers a “behind-the-easel” perspective of masterworks exhibited at the National Gallery of Art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Monday, July 8 to 22, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In artist-led tours and talks, Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts painting instructor Adrienne Wyman offers a “behind-the-easel” perspective of masterworks exhibited at the National Gallery of Art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Monday, July 8 to 22, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experimentation, students enhance their experience of color as they learn about the color wheel, the Munsell color chart, and the attributes of value, chroma, and hue. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Monday, July 8 to August 19, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class July 29)

Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to experience Awaken, a unique exhibition that gathers spectacular objects of Buddhist art from across the centuries into a series of immersive spaces that trace a journey to spiritual enlightenment. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Through lectures and drawing exercises, learn how Renaissance artists used the Golden Ratio, the Rule of Thirds, three-point perspective, and the Fibonacci spiral—as well as how these elements can provide dynamic visual interest to your own compositions, no matter the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Mekong weaves through 2,700 miles and thousands of years of Southeast Asian history. Robert DeCaroli, associate professor in the department of history and art history at George Mason University, explores the myriad of cultures that evolved along this massive waterway. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The country houses of England are among the country’s greatest treasures. Art historian Bonita Billman surveys a selection of these grand estates, known for their architectural magnificence, spectacular decorative art and art collections, and glorious gardens. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The art of impressionist-era creators is in the spotlight during a 2-day visit to several of Philadelphia’s outstanding collections led by art historian Ursula Rhen Wolfman. A special exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and visits to the Barnes and the Rodin Museum are part of this perfect getaway for art lovers. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Depart: Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 9:00 a.m.
Return: Monday, August 12, 2019 - 9:00 p.m.

Working in Smithsonian gardens, use chalk or oil pastel to capture vibrant colors in nature and their interaction with light--in the style of impressionist Paul Cezanne. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, August 17 and 24, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.