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World Art History Certificate: Elective Courses

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 Architecture of Reuse: Lessons from European Cities

Europeans have spent centuries integrating the architectural legacies of their cities into buildings that meet the changing needs of their residents and reflect an evolving array of design styles. Architect Paola Lugli addresses how historic buildings can survive and thrive through modern adaptations, as well as how architects are re-purposing buildings today. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:45 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.

Marcel Duchamp: Enfant Terrible and Innovative Genius

He was among the most influential and distinctive artists of the 20th century—and the most deliberately outrageous. Art historian Nancy G. Heller traces Marcel Duchamp’s life and art, focusing on a selection of his key works and explaining why they were—and still remain—important. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 6:45 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.

Crafting the Buddha's Image

The image of Buddha is one of the world's most recognized religious symbols, but its origins are shrouded in mystery. Art historian Rob DeCaroli delves into the history of figural art in India to examine its beginnings and its power. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 6:45 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
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. to 4:15 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, 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. to 3:30 p.m.

Ancient Egypt Through Its Art and Architecture

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. to 4:15 p.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.

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.