Seminar programs offer in-depth examinations of topics in an intimate, small group setting, fostering interactive discussion and opportunities for personal growth.

Demystifying Modern and Contemporary Art
Susan Rosoff

Fridays, November 1, 8, 15, 2013
10:30a.m.– 12:00p.m.
$95 ($115 Non-Museum Members)

If you have always longed to understand modern art, this interactive 3-part seminar will give insight into art of the 20th century. This seminar will explore the remarkable transformations in thinking of artists who discarded realism, thus turning the art world upside down. Impressionists like Claude Monet broke the rules of the French Academy, and by doing so, opened the door for artists like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso to concentrate on colors and shapes. Artists like Wassily Kandinsky paved the way for people like Jackson Pollock to work in highly abstract ways that captured experiences rather than representing objects. As world events made artists question traditional ideas of beauty and turn away from conventional, predictable “pretty art,” their concepts often seemed mystifying. Designed to be an engaging interactive experience, strategies for looking and thinking will ultimately enable participants to begin to unlock how to look at art that seems challenging.

Susan Rosoff is the founder and managing member of Susan Merrill Rosoff, Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC. Previously she served as Curator of Education at the Orlando Museum of Art, where she developed many award-winning programs for adults including lectures, workshops, seminars, and art appreciation classes. In partnership with the University of Central Florida she taught graduate and undergraduate art history classes including Twentieth Century Art, Art of the Last Twenty-Five Years, and Non-Western Art. She has received the Briarcliff College Alumnae Award as well as awards from United Arts of Central Florida, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and the Florida Art Education Association.

The Invention of Love
Tamar March, Ph.D.

Monday - Wednesday, February 24-26, 2014
9:30a.m.– 12:30p.m.
$195 ($215 Non-Museum Members)

This stimulating seminar will explore when, and how, we started speaking about romantic love with a shared understanding of what it is. Recognizing literature as a product of its social, cultural, and political moment, students will consider the range of conditions that gave rise to the tales of love from “Tristan and Isolde” to contemporary narratives with their dizzying variations on the theme. The wellspring of the seminar’s facilitated exploration will be stories that express in a deep and broad way what we talk about when we talk about love. This shared travel will note significant milestones in a literary journey through ages and spaces.

Tamar March is Founder and President Emerita of The Arden Seminars, Inc. and a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. March received her B.A. from Brooklyn College, M.A. from Radcliffe College, and Ph.D. from Harvard University in Romance Languages. She served as dean of the Radcliffe Center for Educational Programs at Harvard University from Fall 1996 to Summer 2002.

Cities of the Belle Époque: London, Paris, Vienna, St. Petersburg
Judy M. Pittenger

Thursday & Friday, March 6&7, 2014
9:30a.m.– 12:30p.m.
$105 ($125 Non-Museum Members) Museum Café coffee breaks included!

Europe in the decades before World War I is often viewed nostalgically as a Golden Age, the last celebration of innocence before the Great War, a catastrophe which drew a deep chasm between the Old World and the emerging world of modernity. However, the Belle Époque was much more complex than our nostalgia suggests. In this two-day seminar, students will consider this rich complexity by visiting four of its most glamorous and fascinating cities. Cities of the Belle Époque will consider some of the personalities and events that gave these capitals their intricacies and unique beauty. Each lecture will be richly illustrated through photographs and film clips from the period.

With a B.A. and a M.A. in Modern European History from Stanford University, Judy Pittenger taught history and literature at Roland Park Country School for twenty-two years. In 1991 she was named by the National Endowment for the Humanities as the Teacher-Scholar of Maryland. She has lived, studied, and traveled extensively in England and has taught literature to adults in Oxford University’s Continuing Education Program. In Baltimore she has taught literature to adults for the past decade and also lectures frequently.

The American Spirit
Susan Rosoff

Friday, March 21, 2014
10:00am – 2:30pm (includes lunch)
$95 ($115 Non-Museum Members)

American artists captured the spirit and character of our country in their paintings of people and the land. Hear stories and anecdotes about our founding fathers as told through their portraits and delve into history paintings that are a blend of fact and fiction. Follow in the footsteps of artist explorers who painted the glorious vistas in the western territories. Experience the pulse of the city through the eyes of American Impressionists and Realists. Explore the new techniques and new attitudes that migrated from Europe to the United States - some were eagerly embraced and others were bitterly resisted. Get to know innovators whose art made New York the art capital of the world. Interactive activities will help examine how true-blue American artists reveal the heart and soul of our country.

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