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Art & Culture

Art & Culture


100     A History of European ArtEuropean Museum Pic

There are a great many courses on a myriad of topics offered by the Teaching Company, with web site We have been granted permission to use these courses for ORICL, and the Curriculum Committee has decided to take advantage of this material by offering this course on A History of European Art, a guide to the creative masterworks of Europe. The material on the DVD’s is divided into 30-minute lectures, and we will extend the class length to 80 minutes to allow for a viewing of two lectures per class, with 10 minutes between the lectures, and ten minutes at the end for discussion and comments.

This course presents a comprehensive survey of Western art since the Middle Ages such as Giotto’s Arena Chapel, Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece, Leonardo’s The Last Supper, Michelangelo’s David, Vermeer’s View of Delft, Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Picasso’s Guernica, and hundreds more. The full course consists of 48 beautifully illustrated lectures. This is a continuation of the series which began last semester and will conclude with 8 sessions in Fall 2015.

The lecturer for this course is Professor William Kloss, an independent art historian. Educated at Oberlin College where he earned a BA in English and an MA in Art History, Professor Kloss is extremely knowledgeable and is an excellent lecturer. Through a discussion of the subject, interpretation, style, context, and emotion, Professor Kloss’s observations will enhance even an expert’s understanding and appreciation of these masterworks.

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.

Eight sessions:  Mondays, 4:00 - 5:20 p.m., June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27

101 Art a la Carte Film Series

Film roll picArt 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. During the summer ORICL session we will begin a new series: “5000 Years of Magnificent Wonders.”  This series “explores the mysteries of the world’s most awe-inspiring creations. What do the ancient world’s tombs, temples, shrines, and monuments tell us about long-vanished civilizations? On location photography, computer animation, and compelling commentary unlock their long buried secrets.”

The series is broken up into 6 segments that last approximately 2 hours each, therefore we will view half of each segment during each of the Art a la Carte sessions. On June 26 and July 24, the focus will be Ancient Egypt and the August 28 and September 25 (you are welcome to join us for this session as well) will focus on Ancient Greece. The series is held the fourth Friday in each month at 12 noon at the Oak Ridge Art Center at 201 Badger Avenue. 

Four sessions:  Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., June 26, July 24, August 28, and September 25

102 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 for 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 Glass Pendant PicCenter’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!

The classes will be held at the Oak Ridge Art Center – 201 Badger Avenue.

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:  Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, July 14 and 21

103 Make ‘em Match - Earrings Class Fee = $15

In the world of jewelry, earrings or ear bobs have long been some of the most beloved items, but finding the right color, style and weight Picture of beadsis not always easy. Students will try their hand at designing jewelry focusing on earrings.   At the beginning of the session, different types of earring findings, styles and techniques will be discussed and a demonstration of some of the potential processes will be given before students design and bead and/or bend two pair of earrings – one beaded, one wire.

Classes will be held at the Oak Ridge Art Center at 201 Badger Avenue.

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:  Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, July 15

104     Decorative Slab Surfaces                                                 Class Fee = $30

tulip vaseAfter constructing a vase using slabs of clay and slab building techniques, students will explore various ways to create surface designs and incorporate these into their vase. Students will produce and complete a vase by the end of the class. They will learn to roll out slabs and add decorative designs and embellishments. The piece will then be bisque fired, before students return for the second session to glaze. Students will return for the third 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 come dressed and ready to get “muddy.”

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 noon, July 9, 16, and 23

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