Is your New Year’s Resolution to improve yourself in some way? If so, and if your interests include the arts, you’re in luck because in January, the Doña Ana Arts Council’s popular Feed Your Mind art history and cultural seminars celebrate their first anniversary by offering two new programs taught by Kathleen Key, who taught art history in Houston for many years and is now an instructor at UTEP.
Key will present a six-week course on “The Impressionists Beyond France” beginning Monday, January 28, with classes running from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Attendees may choose to buy an entire seminar series or drop in for individual classes that interest them.
When we consider Impressionism, we usually think of the famous French artists such as Monet or Degas, but the art style was popular in many other countries.
Key says, “Learn about the beautiful paintings of the artists around the world who were inspired by the work of Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and many other Impressionist artists of 19th century France. This class will feature Impressionist artists from numerous other countries.”
The topics she will cover in each lecture are:
Lecture 1: Impressionist artists in the United States
Lecture 2: Spain, Italy, and Latin America including Mexico and Puerto Rico
Lecture 3: Australia, Japan, China, and Korea
Lecture 4: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Switzerland
Lecture 5: Russia, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Egypt, and Turkey
Lecture 6: England, Scotland, Wales, and Canada
Key will also offer a Thursday afternoon seminar series on “The History of Women in Art,” starting January 31, with sessions from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Key says of this series, “Women have made art since prehistoric times, even though they have not been represented in historical accounts. In this six-week class, we will look at women artists from earliest times to present day.”
Topics to be presented in these lectures are:
Lecture 1: Prehistoric – 1500s, women artists in Asia, Native North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Middle East
Lecture 2: 1600s – 1900, women artists throughout the world
Lecture 3: 1900 – 1920, women artists throughout the world working in painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, and architecture
Lecture 4: 1920 – 1960
Lecture 5: 1960 – 2000
Lecture 6: 2000 – 2019
Key points out that she will present up to 200 images per 90-minute lecture, but even so, she says, “These lectures are intended to begin a study of women artists, a subject sometimes too often overlooked in traditional art history.”
Feed Your Mind seminars are $20 for a drop-in fee per class or $60 for either full six-week course. All sessions are presented at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in the Bulletin Plaza in Mesilla. To register for classes and to see other offerings such as Get ArtRageous! make-and-take art classes, go to www.daarts.org (click on “Events & Classes” / Feed Your Mind) or call (575) 523-6403.
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