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Lifelong Learning Studio Arts and Art History Courses


Lifelong Learning courses are designed primarily for students age 50 and over. Not all listed courses are offered each semester. See schedule of Lifelong Learning classes to find current schedules, location, dates, and costs.

Art History: Food For Thought Studio Arts: Food For Thought

Barbara Evans, Faculty Outstanding Service Awardee

Barbara Evans, Lifelong Learning Art History Professor, was presented with the Faculty Outstanding Service Award. This award is given in recognition of Prof. Evan's exemplary contribution to the Lifelong Learning Institute.

Natasha Sacks, LLI Program Director stated "What distinguishes Barbara's teaching is her in-depth knowledge of the subject that includes the social and historical context of the art period she covers, an artistry in presenting the topic in a very engaging manner, superb skills in utilizing technology to make paintings come alive with her stories and ability to engage students into active learning."

This Fall, Barbara Evans will be teaching: The Great Masters of Post-Impressionism, and Getting Ready for Exhibit: Degas and Cassatt.

Studio Arts Classes:

Drawing with Pencils, Charcoal, or Pastels, LLI-698, Hours:  12

Are you an artist who would like to master the art of drawing in 3-D? This course teaches linear perspective, that powerful technique used to create drawings showing 3-D space. Master artists such as Giotto, Raphael, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, and Leonardo da Vinci have used this technique to successfully create the illusion of 3-D space in their drawings and paintings. Five other techniques (size, position, overlap, shading, and aerial perspective) will be covered. You will ex- amine these techniques using a variety of drawing exercises, subjects, and media (pencil, color pencils, pastel, ink, markers, charcoal, and water-based paint). This class is designed for students of any skill level. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Everyone Can Draw—Level I, LLI-050 - Hours:  20

Learn basic drawing fundamentals—negative space, proportions, perspective, composition—through practicing seeing and drawing what you see. Draw from still life and live models. Textbook: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards, is available at the Rockville Campus Book- store. Bring a 14” x 17” sketchpad, 4B or Ebony pencil, and pencil eraser to first class. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Expressive Portraits: Beyond Photo, LLI-819, 12 Hours

Turn your favorite family photos into brilliant works of art in this exciting new portraiture class! Inspired by a diverse range of traditional and non-traditional portrait artists, including John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, and Chuck Close, we will create images that express the personality of our sitter. We will learn to draw and paint a variety of personalities using charcoal, pastel, oil, and acrylic. A special emphasis will be placed on how to take engaging photographs that reveal the character of the person being portrayed. This class is ideal for beginners as well as experienced students interested in bringing an extra level of personality to their artwork. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

How to Paint Like an Impressionist, LLI-652, 12 Hours

This course will introduce you to the Impressionist movement and explain how it came about. The historical context, style, and inspiration for the movement will be discussed. Techniques such as pointillism, impasto, use of palette-knife, layering, and Impressionist use of color will be demonstrated and explained. You will then apply these methods with individual instruction to create your own Impressionist painting with watercolor or acrylic. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Landscapes and Seascapes, LLI-705 - Hours: 12

Learn to paint exquisite landscapes and seascapes using photos! By incorporating fundamental principles such as composition, value, color, and texture we will create lively and expressive landscape paintings. Rather than simply “copying a photograph” we will learn to interpret our reference material to express our artistic voices. You can use watercolor, acrylic, or oil. For inspiration, we will analyze the work of the French Impressionists and Post Impressionists such as Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh, and Cezanne. By the end of the course each student will have developed a portfolio of landscape and seascape paintings. Students of all levels are welcome. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Oils and Acrylics I—Introduction, LLI-653 - Hours:  12

Beginning with basic instruction, you will explore shapes, shading, and perspective. Painting in oil or acrylic from still life and photographs, you will learn composition, shading, texture by blending colors, and using different brush strokes to create an individual style. Bring a #2 pencil, a 12-inch ruler, and two sheets of 11x14-inch paper to first class. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Watercolor Techniques I, LLI-609, Hours: 12

Explore the beauty and magic of watercolor painting through a structured series of exciting classes that focus on basic watercolor techniques. You will have a chance to learn techniques of various washes, “wet-in-wet,” and dry brush on wet and dry paper by watching the instructor demonstrate before performing the technique yourself. Basic drawing will be re- viewed as needed. After the basic sessions, you will have an opportunity to practice the techniques, painting from a still life or photo. Creation of an individual style is encouraged. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Watercolor Techniques II, LLI-514, Hours: 12

Students will learn how to paint watercolor landscapes and seascapes using various washes. “Wet-in-wet” and dry brush on wet and dry paper will be demonstrated by instructor. You will have the opportunity to practice the techniques for several sessions after the demonstration. A materials list is available at www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/ce/lifelong- learning/arthistory.html. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Advanced Watercolor, LLI-560, Hours: 20

This course is designed to expand the knowledge of water- color techniques for people who have experience painting watercolors. Learn to apply a variety of techniques such as dry brush, wet-on-wet, stippling, controlled spray, lifts, and graded wash to create textural effects in a realistic or abstract painting. You will also learn the John Pike technique for “layered” watercolor painting using many glazes to achieve dark areas and bright colors. Prerequisite: Watercolor Techniques I and II. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Sculpture, LLI-557, Hours: 30

This course will provide opportunities for experience in the studio area of sculpture. Beginning students will be introduced to the basic techniques involved in additive and sub- tractive methods in both relief sculpture and sculpture in the round. Advanced students will further develop proficiencies with materials and techniques of sculpture, and expand their understanding of the field. Materials may include clay, wood, stone, modern plastics, plaster, and metal. The course will include individual and class criticism of work, with integrated references to art history and to traditional and contemporary concepts of aesthetics. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Sculpture - Additive and Subtractive, LLI-817, 30 Hours

This course will provide opportunities for experience in the studio area of sculpture. Beginning students will be introduced to the basic techniques involved in additive and subtractive methods in both relief sculpture and sculpture in the round. Assignments will cover form, space, mass and composition. Students will create fully developed sculptures. Advanced students will further develop proficiencies with materials and techniques of sculpture, and expand their understanding of the field. Materials may include clay, wood, stone, plaster, and metal. The course will include individual and class criticism of work, with integrated references to art history and to traditional and contemporary concepts of aesthetics. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Sculpture - Form as Weight, LLI-818, 30 Hours

This course will provide opportunities for experience in the studio area of sculpture. Being closely related to the human body, the domain of sculpture penetrates deeply into the mystery of our existence. The objective of the course is to learn how to see, not “with our eyes,” but “through our eyes” with all our senses and bodily memory. We will study form as weight. Students will learn how to visualize form in terms of simple geometrical mass and develop a sense of comparative measurement. Materials may include clay, wood, stone, plaster, and metal. Emphasis will be on classical materials: clay and stone. The course will include individual and class criticism of work, with integrated references to art history and to traditional and contemporary concepts of aesthetics. No prerequisites. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Art History Classes

Decoding Art: Learning to Look at Paintings, LLI-805, 9 Hours

Developing visual literacy is important for an understanding of those elements that the artist has to consider to create a painting. Composition, space, form, tone and color, and line are the basic ingredients used by artists to make a painting. There are other elements, as well, such as subject matter, iconography, materials and technique, the purpose or message of the work and the period to which it belongs. This six-week course, taught by Barbara Evans, will explore all of these elements in depth through selected works from the Renaissance through the 20th century to develop a more thorough understanding and appreciation of art. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Piero di Cosimo: An Introduction to the Exhibition, LLI-804, 2 Hours

For centuries, Piero di Cosimo (1462- 1521) has been over-shadowed by his more famous contemporaries, particularly Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. But the National Gallery of Art will present a rare exhibition devoted to the Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo beginning Feb 1. It will be the first major retrospective ever devoted to the Florentine master and the first time a substantial number of his paintings have been seen together in the United States since 1938. Join Barbara Evans as she presents a two-hour introductory lecture and slide show of this groundbreaking exhibition.

Treasures of the National Gallery of Art, LLI-725, 8 Hours

The National Gallery has a rich and beautiful collection of Northern Renaissance art from 15th C. Belgium. This course provides an in-depth look at the lives and works of artists of the period represented in the National Gallery, including van Eyck, van der Weyden, Memling, and Campin. Their invention of oil paint and perfection of perspective led to a style that relied upon gorgeously intense color, mysterious symbolism, and microscopic detail that continues to fascinate us and influence artists today. There will be a series of two-hour classes over a month’s time, in lecture-and-discussion format, with the last class meeting at the National Gallery to experience the works directly. Every semester we explore one of the sections of the National Gallery of Art. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee.

Italy in the Age of the Renaissance, LLI-612, 8 Hours

This course provides an overview of Italian history for anybody wishing to broaden their understanding of the Italian Renaissance. Explore the late medieval commercial and political history of major Italian territories and centers of the Renaissance. Analyze the status and influence of the Papacy and Catholic Church, position artists in their appropriate social contexts, and study the revival of ancient learning and values that we call Humanism. These four broad topics will help you better understand and appreciate the art and artists of the Renaissance. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Leonardo da Vinci: How this Renaissance Man Influenced the Modern World, LLI-713, 6 Hours

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) might be the single individual whose cross disciplinary knowledge and creative genius came to define the “Renaissance man.” You will learn how his life and works have inspired artistic, technological, medical, and philosophical developments and innovations well into the modern world. Leonardo helped expand artistic techniques of classical composition and perspective in works like The Last Supper. Leonardo devised blue prints for inventions that transformed warfare, plumbing, and city planning. He explored human anatomy and influenced medicine. He inspired other artists like Michelangelo and Raphael. Leonardo still dominates our imaginations, our literature, and our modern lives. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Marc Chagall—Dance of Imagination, LLI-714, 6 Hours

This course explores Marc Chagall as a person and as an artist. You will explore Chagall’s images that draw on Biblical themes, the traditions of Jewish life, and on the contemporary avant-garde developments, such as Fauvism, Surrealism, and Cubism. His iconography is deeply personal and explores subjects of exile and loss. Uprooted and floating dreamers and lovers populate his compositions. Chagall’s distinguishable uses of colors (blues and yellows) reflect the mystical nature of his iconography. Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse influenced and were influenced by Chagall’s innovative style and technique. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

The Life and Work of Georgia O’Keeffe, LLI-695, 6 Hours

Georgia O’Keeffe was an inspiring woman and a creative genius. Learn about her background and training as an artist. Discuss the artistic climate in the USA at the time and the way in which European art brought about change. Learn the significance of Alfred Stieglitz both as her husband and owner of the famous 291 gallery. Discuss what drew O’Keeffe to New Mexico and how this changed her work. Analyze use of color, shape, and form to tell a story. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Holocaust Art: The Possibility of Creating After the Unimaginable, LLI-806, 6 Hours

This course will introduce students to a body of works now called Holocaust art that arose in response to one of the Modern history’s watershed moments: the eradication of six million Jewish and other “undesired” people during WWII. We will explore the artists, ranging from the unknown to the very famous, who have risen to the challenge of creating after that alteration of our moral terrain. Their works include memorials and museums as well as contemporary works dealing retroactively with this event. The most artistically successful and controversial of these still warrant consideration today. We will grapple with issues still relevant today: political responsibility, historical “witnessing,” and art’s potential functions. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

What’s New on the Washington Art Scene?”,  LLI-718, 8 Hours

Explore what is going on artistically in galleries and exhibition spaces in the Washington metropolitan area. Using both a selection of what is currently being shown in private venues in the city at the time of the class and making use of exemplary recent developments from elsewhere, major trends and common characteristics will be defined. Two classes will meet for lectures and two classes (Saturdays) will meet at a series of D.C. galleries and art exhibition spaces. Students will visit art galleries and exhibit spaces in Washington DC. Specific locations will be indicated by the instructor.

A Visual Tango: Tour of Twentieth Century Latin American Art, LLI-701, 8 Hours

This course will provide a general overview of 20th century Latin American art starting with the modernists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo through contemporary artists ranging from Helio Oitticica and Lygia Clark to Doris Salcedo and Alfredo Jaar. Learn about Latin American art practices and the diversity of its cultural production (how artists in Brazil differ from those in Argentina, for example). Explore how these artists fit into the different artistic movements of the time and their own regional context. The short lecture series will make wide use of imagery from Latin American Museums and will culminate with a weekend visit to the Art Museum of the Americas, located in Washington D.C., for a lecture and tour. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

 

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