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World Art History Certificate: Elective Courses

Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are prime examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s distinctive organic architecture. Visit both on an overnight tour to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania led by architectural historian Bill Keene—and stay at a Wright-inspired boutique hotel. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Depart: Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.
Return: Monday, April 1, 2019 - 8:00 p.m.

On the 500th anniversary of his death, art historian Aneta Georgievska Shine highlights some of the most remarkable aspects of the life, work, and creative thinking of perhaps the most diversely talented individual ever to have lived. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 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, April 15 to June 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (no class May 27)

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)

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Tuesday, April 16 to June 4, 2019 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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)

Event date
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Study the lives, art, and techniques of famous impressionist and post-impressionist artists as you use the same materials and colors to learn their working methods of paint application and brushstroke. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, April 27 to May 18, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learning the art of copying and develop your rendering and composition skills at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, American Art Museum, and Natural History Museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, April 27 to May 18, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 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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Monday, April 29 and May 6, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, investigates the question that architectural historians are still trying to answer: How was Brunelleschi able to build his great cathedral dome when 14th-century technology should not have permitted its realization? He examines the epic story of the design and construction of one of the greatest engineering marvels in history and the innovations that made it possible. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Event date
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

The creativity of its artists and the pride and religious devotion of its citizens combined to make the civic landscape of Siena a true reflection of the city’s values. Early Renaissance specialist Rocky Ruggiero examines how art and architecture were also deployed as potent weapons in its rivalry with neighboring Florence as each city jostled for dominance in Tuscany. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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, May 4 and 11, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This three­-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)

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Tuesday, May 7 to 21, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join art historian Bonita Billman for a day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring a special exhibition The Impressionist’s Eye, featuring paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by Monet, Cassatt, Van Gogh, and other leaders of the tightly knit group of creators who revolutionized art in the early 1900s. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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)

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Monday, May 13 and 20, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Join painting instructor Adrienne Wyman for a “behind-the-easel” perspective on French and impressionist paintings exhibited at four of Washington’s leading art museums. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Thursday, May 16 to June 6, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Beyond the Greeks, the Aegean world nurtured other civilizations notable for their architecture, material culture, and artistic creations. Archaeologist Robert R. Stieglitz, a specialist in maritime interconnections, explores the splendid legacies of the Minoan Cretes and the Cycladic-era islanders of Santorini. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Event date
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The turn of the 20th century found Europe’s greatest cities entering defining eras in their historical and cultural development. In a richly illustrated full-day program, lecturer George Scheper explores how the alignment of creative forces shaped three highly distinctive urban milieus—each nourished by the energy and excitement of new ideas and each witnessing the birth of modernism in the new century. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Event date
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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)

Event date
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)

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