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World Art History Certificate: Elective Courses

Techniques in Modernist Painting

Experiment with a variety of painting styles such as cubism, suprematism, and abstract expressionism to learn practical applications of the concepts and techniques of modernism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Wednesday, January 22 to March 11, 2020 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Gilded Age

In the years after the Civil War, captains of industry and robber barons were the Gilded Age’s masters of the universe. Art historian Bonita Billman examines the influence of their wealth on the period’s extravagant art, architecture, and interior design, and also explores the dramatic chasm that opened between the haves and the have-nots. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Traditional Oil Painting Techniques: Lessons from Museum Masterpieces

Explore the techniques of artists and schools from the early Renaissance to today as you practice the skills of the masters, using their exact colors, canvas types, and paint applications. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, January 25 to March 21, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 15)

Learn To Paint From the Impressionists

By viewing paintings at the National Gallery of Art and hands on-practice in the studio, discover the techniques that artists like Monet, Renoir, and Degas used to created their signature styles—and learn to apply them to your own art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, January 25 to March 21, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 15)

Color Theory

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)

Date of event
Monday, January 27 to March 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 17)

The Golden Age of Spanish Art

Over the 16th and 17th centuries, Spanish art flourished as it reflected the influences of Northern European and Italian artists and the complex forces of humanism and spirituality. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine provides an overview of the era and the enduring achievements of the artists who shaped its visual culture. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Ancient Egypt Through Its Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

The secret to understanding the daily life and culture of ancient Egypt under its great rulers and pharaohs is right before our eyes—in its art and architecture. Using evidence from recent archaeological discoveries, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson surveys the social and historical realities of this seminal civilization. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Composition

This class examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Thursday, February 20 to March 12, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Baltimore Museums: A Study in Contrasts

The Baltimore Museum of Art and the American Visionary Art Museum represent two distinctive and divergent aspects of the city’s cultural scene. Spend a fascinating day visiting both with art historian Ursula Wolfman. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.

Henri Matisse: Master of Color and Line

Art historian Joseph Cassar offers an in-depth look at this revolutionary giant of 20th-century art whose prolific and varied body of work spans more than a half-century. (World Art History Certificate Program elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Exploring the Visual Foundations and Traditions of Art

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)

Date of event
Thursday, March 5 and 12, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sicily: Eternal Crossroads of the Mediterranean

From stark Greek temples through dazzling Roman and Arab-Norman mosaics and on to Baroque opulence and charming romantic-era revivals, art historian Janetta Rebold Benton highlights the aesthetic eclecticism and cultural signposts of the island of Sicily. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Out and About With an Artist: National Gallery of Art

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the National Gallery from Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts painting instructor Adrienne Wyman. Viewings address historical and social context, the artists’ lives, and demystifying the techniques and materials used to create the works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, March 9 to 30, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Out and About With an Artist: National Gallery of Art

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the National Gallery from Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts painting instructor Adrienne Wyman. Viewings address historical and social context, the artists’ lives, and demystifying the techniques and materials used to create the works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, March 9 to 30, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Africa in the African American Artistic Imagination

The impact of African art on African Americans artists has been long debated. Art historian Kevin Tervala examines the ways in which African American artists have—or have not—engaged with the art of the African continent as reflected in works from early 20th-century pioneers and more contemporary artists. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.

Vermeer: In Praise of the Ordinary

Explore the legacy of painter Johannes Vermeer, a master of light and color whose paintings captured the beauty and meaning of everyday life, with art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.