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World Art History Certificate: Elective Courses

What Does It Mean? Stories and Symbols in Art

Why have stories from Greek and Roman mythology and the Bible engaged, entertained, and even shocked us for centuries? Art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman offers an analysis of images, allegories, and motifs as she traces the iconography of these enduring tales from their ancient archetypes to contemporary interpretations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Met's Magnificent Cloisters Museum and Gardens

The Metropolitan Museum’s Cloisters houses some of the world’s most stunning medieval objects and architecture. Art historian Ursula Wolfman brings to life the era’s heart and soul as reflected in the masterpieces of this collection. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Out and About With an Artist

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery of Art from a knowledgeable artist. Viewings address historical and social context, as well as demystify technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, October 7 to 28, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Photography: A Hands-on History of Cyanotypes

Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of cyanotypes, a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue and white print. Create your own in this unique studio arts program. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Drawing in Museums: The National Gallery, Freer Gallery, and American Art Museum

Spend Saturday afternoons developing your rendering and composition skills, and learn the art of copying, by drawing paintings and classical sculptures displayed in the museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 12 to November 23, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 9)

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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
Tuesday, October 15 to December 10, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)

Draw Like Tiepolo

Students draw from Giambattista Tiepolo’s works to help them grasp the idea of gesture, movement, and the grouping of as well as apply their Tiepolo-inspired skills to contemporary images. All skill levels welcome. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Tuesday, October 15 and 22, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Architecture on the Nation's Front Lawn

Join Bill Keene on a walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Gothic-revival Smithsonian Castle to the rich symbolism of the latest addition to the Mall, the new African American Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Rembrandt: Close-up on a Master

Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine embarks on a detailed exploration of the large-scale masterworks, intimate character studies, classically-inspired history paintings, and revealing (and sometimes enigmatic) self-portraits that marked Rembrandt as one of Western art’s most significant innovators. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.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, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

Lessons in Portrait Painting from Sargent and Whistler

Create your own elegant portrait painting. Students are inspired by viewing the work of John Singer Sargent and James McNeil Whistler, combined with class lectures and demonstrations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 19 to December 14, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 30)

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, October 21 to December 16, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 11)

Andrea del Verrocchio: A Renaissance Master and his Legacy

Art historian Aneta Georgevska-Shine explores the distinctive facets of Florentine artist Andrea del Verrocchio's creative approach, and his influence on artists associated with his studio, including Leonardo, Ghirlandaio, and Perugino. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Composition

This four­-session workshop 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
Tuesday, October 29 to November 19, 2019 - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Scandinavian Art and Architecture: Modern Aesthetic and Traditional Heart

The urban aesthetic of Scandinavia reflects both the cherished past and innovations in architecture and design. Explore the creative contributions of noted artists, architects, and designers reflected in the region’s beautiful capitals with art historian Karin Alexis. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Introduction to Pastel: Cezanne-Inspired Still Life Compositions

Working from still-life arrangements reminiscent of Cezanne’s in studio sessions, students learn to achieve the brilliant and subtle effects characteristic of the medium. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Sunday, November 3 to 24, 2019 – 10:15 a.m.to  2:15 p.m.

Heroes Enthroned in Tapestry

Heroes of the Bible, of great empires of the past, and of legend are among those that preside today at the Met Cloisters, captured in an exceedingly rare, internationally renowned ensemble of tapestries. A Met Cloisters curator explores the singular historic and artistic importance of the Nine Heroes Tapestries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Visual Literacy: The Art of Seeing

Like any language, art has its own vocabulary—one in which you discover more meaning and gratification as your fluency increases. Spend a day with art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman 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, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Check in to Edward Hopper’s hotels, motels, tourist homes, and boarding houses when you visit a special exhibition at Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that explores the role of hotels in the cultural landscape of the early to mid-20th century. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Prince Albert's Vision of Progress: The Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851

With its curated displays of objects from all corners of the empire, the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations regaled the world as a testament to Britain’s industrial leadership and taste. Art historian Morna O'Neill examines how the Crystal Palace paved the way for subsequent international exhibitions, as well as for museums specializing in decorative art and industry. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 1:30 p.m.

Out and About With an Artist

Get a “behind-the-easel” perspective on masterworks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery of Art from a knowledgeable artist. Viewings address historical and social context, as well as demystify technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, November 18 to December 9, 2019 - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the Walters

Arts journalist Richard Selden leads a tour to Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum, where the exhibition Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the revolutionary Scottish architect who defined a unique vision of art nouveau design. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The House of Medici: The Art of Power

As bankers to some of Europe’s most important rulers, the Medici had a substantial influence on the geo-politics of their time, but perhaps their most enduring legacy is that as patrons of the arts. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, explores how art and architecture became languages of their power. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Renaissance Pleasure Palaces: The Art of the Sensual Life

Wealthy Renaissance Italians loved their suburban villas, the private retreats adorned with the most magnificent of art that allowed owners and guests to indulge in a voluptuous and relaxed luxury. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, explores the history, design, and art of three of the most beautiful and well-preserved of these villas. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A Trio of Museum Gems: An Artful Weekend in New York

The Neue Gallery, Morgan Library and Museum, and the Frick Collection offer a rich array of delights for visitors. Enjoy an escape to Manhattan that gives you plenty of time to take in these distinctive and stunning smaller museums—and a night on the town to enjoy as you like. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Depart: Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 8:30 a.m.
Return: Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 10:30 p.m.