2014 Course Offerings

Coffee Lectures are $15 each. Coffee and refreshments are available at the beginning of the lecture. All Lectures meet in the Kaul Hall Forum Classroom unless otherwise specified.


Frederick Remington—Chronicler of the Old West 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014; 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Bob Brooke

Frederick Remington fell in love with the West. To him, it was one great adventure which he brought to others through his paintings. What we know about the Old West came from him. Learn about the life and art of the foremost chronicler of the Old West.

Mythical, Magical Horse!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014; 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Carolyn Guss

Year 2014, the Year of the Horse in Chinese lunar astrology, is an apt time to explore the role of equines in the mythical and mystical realm. We will discuss horses in Greek, Roman, Celtic, Norse, Native American, and other mythologies, as well as these magnificent beings' connection to the magical realm--including the significance of the “white horse” and the legendary unicorn. We will also consider the famed Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Biblical book of Revelations. Come ready to metaphorically ride—or fly!

The Art of Gift Giving 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014; 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rennie Andrews

As the holidays approach, don't panic! Attend this coffee lecture and you will be organized and prepared, with a smile on your face throughout the season. Come learn how to make bows for wreaths, gifts, staircases, and even chandeliers. We will practice bow-making, and you will also learn the secrets of presenting a beautiful gift and how to be "green" when wrapping. Purchasing the perfect gift no matter what your budget will also be discussed, as well as local shops where you are certain to find just the right hostess and holiday gifts. Each student will leave with a holiday treat of their own!

The 18th Century in Europe: Rococo Versus Reality 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014; 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: President Sharon Hirsh

The reality of life in 18th century Europe was difficult for all but the aristocracy: declining quality of life for increasingly poor agricultural workers was matched by the horrific conditions of factory work brought on by the Industrial Revolution. Art at the time rarely dealt with this reality, excluding William Hogarth, an artist we will discuss whose career was based on addressing the societal ills of the era and its emphasis on superficiality. This lecture will also address the majority of art of the 18th century: the sensual Rococo style, intended to appeal to the aristocracy’s desire to avoid or even escape the realities of others’ lives. Rococo appeals directly to the senses: lush pastel colors, tactile textures, sensual subjects and elegant forms combined to produce a lighthearted experience. We will examine the Rococo style as it scales from small, beautiful paintings to entire buildings crafted with delicate elegance.