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100     From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

In this course, we will be viewing another of the Great Courses offered by the Teaching Company. With Professor Richard Brettell as our expert curator and guide we will explore arguably the most famous artistic movement in history. We will learn about the style, subject matter, and function of impressionist paintings by artists such as Monet, Manet,Pic of impressionist painting

Renoir, Cassatt, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh. Professor Brettell presents us with a vivid account of the artistic background and the Paris environment from which these artists emerged. Separate analysis is given to the important impressionist exhibitions and to contemporary critics such as the writer Baudelaire.

The course consists of 24 half-hour lectures. Our plan is to show two lectures per class which will allow 10 minutes for comments and discussion. We plan to cover the material in two terms, Winter/Spring, and Summer 2016, with 6 classes per term. Those of you who are taking the Fall term course, “A History of European Art” will be introduced to many of these same artists in three lectures devoted by Professor Kloss to this artistic movement, so you will have a head start on the newcomers.

Richard Brettell is among the foremost authorities in the world on Impressionism and French Painting of the period 1830-1930. He is presently professor of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas with BA, MA,  and PhD degrees from Yale University. He has held visiting professorships at Harvard University and Yale University and is currently the American Director for The French Regional and American Museum Exchange (FRAME). His books include Modern Art - 1851-1929: Capitalism and Representation, and Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890, and he is also the lecturer in another of the Teaching Company courses, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre.

David Smith and Murray Martin are the coordinators for this video presentation. Both have enjoyed many of the Great Courses over the years and would like to share with you their enthusiastic response to this Teaching Company offering. David and Murray have previously taught courses on music and Murray has presented courses on travel.

Six sessions:  Mondays, 1:00 - 2:10 p.m., February 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21, 28

101 Film Course:  Films with Outstanding Acting

Not all great acting performances get Academy Awards.  But some do.  We will watch several films with award-winning performances or great acting performances and then talk about them.  We will also talk about how acting in films differs from picture of movie reelacting in plays.  As always for a film course, the main thing is selecting the films.  (There are SO MANY to choose from!  E-mail me your suggestions ( about performances which captured your full attention and/or which you have never been, subsequently, able to forget.)

Dr. Phil Hamlin is a native Tennessean.  He has taught a wide variety ofcourses at UTK since 1964.  His particular interests in philosophy include: the teaching of philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of art, the philosophy of religion, philosophy and narrative (literature and film), and applied ethics.

Eight sessions:  Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., February 10, 17, 24, March 9, 23, 30, April 13, 20

102     Travels through China and Tibet

Fay and I invite you to join us for a slide show presentation with commentary on our travels in 2005 through China with a side trip to Tibet. Our first destination was Beijing where highlights were the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, the Summer PalacePicture of Great Wall of China and an evening at the Beijing Opera. An overnight train ride took us to Xian where we enjoyed seeing the Terra Cotta Army statues and spending an overnight stay in a local family’s home. Our next stop was Chengdu, home of the Giant Panda Sanctuary. From Chengdu we took a flight to Lhasa, the major city in Tibet. On our return from Tibet we boarded a boat for a four-night cruise on the Yangtze river. Following the cruise we flew to Hong Kong for the final portion of the trip highlighted by a visit to one of Fay’s sisters and family. We invite you to join us as we share some of our experiences with you.

Murray and Fay Martin are retirees from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Murray from the Physics Division and Fay from positions in the Biology, Environmental, and Information Divisions. They have traveled extensively since retiring and enjoy sharing their experiences with others. Murray has previously taught classes on piano music and on other travels.

Three sessions:  Mondays, 2:30 - 3:40 p.m, February 29; March 7, 14

103 Tales of Wisdom and Wonder

Painting of story tellerWisdom Stories provide snippets of age-old wisdom, Wonder Tales, a glimpse into the mystery that underlies everyday reality. Nothing so simple as “The Moral of the Story” or “Abracadabra,” yet nowadays we sometimes dismiss stories as child’s play, not worthy of serious adult attention. Are we missing something? Are we too modern and sophisticated for our own good? To find out, come listen to good stories from many different cultures. Learn to see by listening.

No reading involved. Bring a notebook or scratch pad for notes, drawings, doodles, snatches of poetry, whatever pops into your mind while listening.

Kathleen Mavournin grew up in Minnesota fascinated by myths, folktales and fairytales.  She has lived more than 45 years in East Tennessee, holds a PhD in Microbiology from UT, and worked 20+ years at ORNL. On retirement 15 years ago, she turned into a professional storyteller. Her repertoire includes rarely heard stories from remote places as well as Appalachian, Native American, and European tales. She’s a graduate of the School of Sacred Storytelling and a member of the Healing Story Alliance. She leads workshops on telling life stories, creating fairytales from personal experience, or goddess mythology; she teaches storytelling to children and teaches teachers to teach storytelling to children.

Four sessions:  Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:10 p.m, April 6, 13, 20, 27

104     Creative Crochet

Join local artist, Eun-Sook Kim, for a hands-on class to learn basic crocheting techniques.  Learn to put the stitches together to make scarves, tops, vests, and cardigans.  Students will be responsible for bringing their own materials to class.Picture of Crocheted piece

Eun-Sook Kim, an Oak Ridger, has had several one-person shows of her artwork and exhibited in international and national juried shows in KS, NC, WV, and OH.  She is founder of Corner Gallery, OR.  Among her many presentations and lectures were art presentations at Shigaraki, Japan; WanKwang Univ., Korea; and Ewha Woman’s Univ., Seoul Korea.  Ms. Kim received her MFA in ceramics in 1990 from UTK.

Four sessions:  Mondays, 9:30 - 10:40 a.m, April 4, 11, 18, 25

105 Dichroic Glass Pendants                             Class Fee:  $20

Dichroic glass is wonderfully sparkling – flashing different colors depending on the angle  from which you look at it. Developed Picture of Glass Pendantfor use in the space program, it is now a popular material to use in jewelry making. In this class, you will make a fused glass pendant, choosing glass from a variety of colors, textures and patterns to produce your own unique design.

The pendants will be fused for you in the Art Center’s kiln, and we will attach a bail to complete the pendant in the second class. Then they are ready to be worn on a chain or cord and admired by everyone!

This class will be held at the Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge.

Ruth Prince teaches glass fusing, enameling, and metal clay classes at the Oak Ridge Art Center and serves on their advisory board. She has a BA in math and computer science and a BFA in painting, both from UT, Knoxville.

Two sessions:  Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., March 31; April 7

106     Collector’s Savvy

While many people do not think of themselves as “collectors,” many have a significant number of items and, sometimes, Picture of clock collectionartwork they have purchased, loved and lived with for years. If you scan your home and find you have several items you love, have kept as an investment, or may wish to pass along to your heirs, you are a collector. This class will help you with practical guidelines, an overview of information collectors should keep and ways to mark pieces for themselves and those they love for future knowledge. Conditions they should strive to emulate and foibles they should avoid in locating work, framing, matting and storing will be discussed.  This class will be held at the Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge.

Leah Marcum-Estes see class 109 for bio information.

One session:  Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.,  March 24

107 The Heart of Africa

In September of 2015, Carol and I visited Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe as part of a 16-member group, with emphasis on Picture of Victoria Fallsviewing and photographing the fabulous wildlife in several national parks. A highlight of the trip was visiting the majestic Victoria Falls, which we viewed both from the shore and from above via a helicopter ride. We also had the opportunity to visit a local school in Zimbabwe, and were hosted by a “Head Man” in charge of a cluster of traditional villages. How Zambia and Zimbabwe emerged from their North and South Rhodesia past will be discussed, as well as the privileged status of Botswana with its great wealth fueled by diamonds. The lectures will be illustrated with photographs taken during the trip.

Frank Plasil was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1939. He grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, attending the International School.  He received a BSc from the University of London, and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.  As a UT-Battelle Corporate Fellow, he retired from the Physics Division of ORNL in 2002.  Both during his active scientific career, and during retirement, he has traveled extensively with his wife Carol. Exploring the world in its many aspects is a passion that the Plasils share.

Three sessions:  Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:10 p.m, March 2, 9, 16

108     Art a la Carte Film Series

Art a la Carte is a series of brown-bag luncheon learning programs designed for those interested in the arts – both artists and arts appreciators. Films concentrate on art history, museum collections, interviews with artists and/or demonstrations by various artists, and the creative muse or spirit.  Winter/Spring 2016 will feature the film series “Understanding Art: Baroque and Rococo.” Art critic Waldemar Januszczak “takes a wild ride across Europe to show how these diverse but equally powerful art movements continue to reverberate today.”  Films for the series are approximately 60 minutes long but may be slightly longer.  The series is held the fourth Friday in each month at 12 noon.

Three sessions:  Fridays, 12:00—1:00 p.m., February 26, March 25, April 22

This class is hosted by art center personnel.

This class will be held at the Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge.

109 Jewelry Techniques - Enameling                     Class Fee:  $20

With a focus on earrings, students will try designing their own jewelry, focusing on earrings and the enameling process.   Picture of EarringsEnamel is ground glass that is fused onto a metal surface (in this case copper) before attaching to ear wires. Embellishments of wire or beads may be added to the enameled shapes for a unique creation. We will discuss different types of earring findings, styles and use of torches before beginning to work. Each student will take a turn at the torches and create one or two pairs of enameled components before assembling their earrings. Demonstrations of the processes will be given before students design and create their own earrings.

Leah Marcum-Estes is the Director of the Oak Ridge Art Center.  As a museum professional and arts educator for over 30 years, she has worked with artists and techniques in Tennessee and Kentucky.

One session:  Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., February 25

110     Hand Built Tea Pots                                                     Class Fee:  $40

Students will work with clay to make a simple hand built, slab tea pot. They will learn to roll out slabs, construct a simple vessel with them and add decorative designs and embellishments using leaves or flowers (vegetation) by impressing them into the surface of the clay. The piece will then be bisque fired, before students return for the second session to glaze. Students Picture of teapotwill return for the 3rd session to pick-up their finished work. Classes will meet in the pottery studio at the Oak Ridge Art Center – 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge. Students should wear washable clothes and shoes and be prepared to play in the “mud.” Pre-made pieces will be available to purchase, glaze and fire for an additional fee.

Bill Capshaw is a member of the Advisory Board of the Oak Ridge Art Center, where he oversees the planning and operation of the pottery studio and teaches beginning to advanced classes. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ceramics) in 1971 and a Master of Fine Arts (Printing Process) in 1974. In addition to teaching at the Art Center, he has given workshops at facilities such as the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Vanderbilt University. As a professional artist, he competes locally and on a national level, has received many awards, and is represented in many museum collections.

Three sessions:  Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., March 3, 10, 17

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