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Lifelong Learning Art 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.

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.


Art, Food, and Wine of Tuscany, Course: ILL671, 6 Hours

This course provides a panorama of Italian Art in Tuscany focusing on cities such as Florence, Pisa, Siena, Livorno, and Lucca. The course will also provide an introduction to Italian food and wine describing its cross-cultural influence in the Mediterranean area, recipes, and ingredients. This is a companion course to Art, Food, and Wine of Tuscany: Cooking Demonstration and Wine Tasting which will meet 5/17/14 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Oro Pomodoro restaurant. You will have to provide your own transportation. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Art, Food, and Wine of Tuscany: Cooking Demonstration and Wine Tasting, Course: ILL670, 3 Hours

This course is a companion class to the Art, Food, and Wine of Tuscany class. This class meets at the “Oro Pomodoro” restaurant where you will learn about Tuscan cuisine, witness a cooking demonstration, and enjoy lunch and wine tasting. Price for lunch is not included in the course cost of the class. ($25 is paid to the restaurant and includes lunch, taxes/tips, cooking demonstration, and wine tasting). You will need to provide your own transportation.

Everyone Can Draw—Level I, ILL050- 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 Bookstore. Bring a 14” x 17” sketch pad, 4B or Ebony pencil, and pencil eraser to first class. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Degas/Cassat: An Introduction to the Exhibition, ILL697- Hours: 2

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917) influence on fellow Impressionist Mary Cassatt (1884 - 1926) is widely known, but her role in shaping his work and introducing him to American audiences and collectors is fully examined for the first time in Degas/Cassatt, on view at the National Gallery of Art from May 11 to October 5. This two-hour program will take yo on a introductory armchair tour of this groundbreaking exhibition and some of the 70 works in various media included in the show. Instructor Barbara Evans. 

Drawing with Perspective, ILL626- 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 examine these techniques using a variety of drawing exercises, subjects, and media (pencil, pastel, ink, markers, and water-based paint). This class is designed for students of any skill level. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Historical and Cultural Tour of Paris, Course: ILL660, 6 Hours

Experience, learn about, and enjoy the City of Lights, incomparable and romantic–Paris. We will use videos and virtual tours to see sites such as Le Louvre, Montmartre, Notre Dame, La Sainte Chapelle, La Sorbonne, and many more significant landmarks. This will enable you to learn the history and appreciate the significance of these Paris-based landmarks to the French. To further immerse ourselves into French culture, we will discuss the latest trends in French food and wine. French Cuisine and Cooking Demonstration is a companion course. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

The Life and Work of Georgia O'Keeffe, Course: ILL695, 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 2091 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.

The Life and Work of Rembrandt van Rijn, Course: ILL651, 6 Hours

Examine the rich life and work of Rembrandt, considered to be one of the greatest painters and printmakers. Explore his background and his contributions to art which came during the Dutch Golden Age. From his youthful success as a portrait painter to his later years of personal tragedy and hardship, this series of lectures and discussions aims to understand the man, the artist, and his lasting impact on future generations. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Oils or Acrylics Painting I - Introduction, ILL653- 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.

Oils and Acrylics II - Advanced, ILL654- Hours: 35

This class enables experienced oils and acrylics students to advance their skill in texture, design, color-mixing, and brush strokes. Students are encouraged to create works using their own individual style. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Russian Art of the 19th Century, Course: ILL686, 8 Hours

During the Nineteenth century, a new generation of artists revolutionized Russian art by finding original creative forms. In the first half of the nineteenth century after the end of the war with Napoleon, the movement of Romanticism took hold in Russia. Lyrical, intimate portraits became the hallmark of this style. The first Impressionistics images appeared in the 1820s. During the Nineteenth century, a new generation of artists revolutionized Russian art by finding original creative forms. In the first half of the nineteenth century, the movement of Romanticism took hold in Russia. Lyrical, intimate portraits became the hallmark of this style. The first Impressionistic images appeared in the 1820s. In the second part of the nineteenth century, the stolid conservatism of the Imperial Art Academy led to the creation of the independent society of “Itinerants” or “Wanderers.” These Realist artists reflected the general social focus on the history and nature of Russia as artistic subjects. The end of the century saw the appearance of Symbolism. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Watercolor Techniques I ILL609- 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 reviewed 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. A materials list is available at Watercolor Techniques I Supply List .. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Watercolor Techniques II, ILL514- 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 Watercolor Techniques II Supply List .. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

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