Art & Architecture
Holidays in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours and Longwood Gardens
All-Day Tour

Join a decorative arts specialist for a festive holiday tour of two du Pont family properties in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. The beauty of both the beaux-arts estate and Longwood’s 300 acres of formal French-inspired gardens are enhanced by lavish holiday décor and special displays.

Date
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Scandinavian Art and Architecture: Modern Aesthetic and Traditional Heart

Scandinavians are renowned internationally for their modern aesthetic and innovations in architecture and design. Explore the creative contributions of the region’s beautiful cities with art historian Karin Alexis. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Christmas with the First Ladies: The Sweetest Traditions

Spend an afternoon with professional decorator and author Coleen Christian Burke as she covers the traditions of White House holiday decorating, brings you behind the scenes as the seasonal transformation takes place, and shares how modern first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama have lent their distinctive styles and creativity to guiding the seasonal themes.

Date
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
A Renaissance Christmas

Much of how we traditionally visualize of the story of Christ’s birth has been shaped by art created by three centuries of Italian masters. Early-Renaissance specialist Rocky Ruggiero examines some of these moving visual interpretations of the events that define the Christmas season by artists such as Giotto, Simone Martini, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, and Caravaggio. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Olmec Culture: Monuments, Masterpieces, and Mysteries

More than 30,000 years ago, important centers of Olmec culture flourished along the Gulf of Mexico. George L. Scheper of Johns Hopkins University provides a cultural overview of these achievements, and examines the Olmecs’ relationship and influence on neighboring civilizations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Early-Renaissance Florence and Siena: Dueling Artistic Traditions

Lisa Baumann, associate professor of art history at George Mason University, explores the stylistic differences among artists working in the city-states of Florence and Siena at the cusp of the Renaissance. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Holidays in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours and Longwood Gardens
All-Day Tour

Join a decorative arts specialist for a festive holiday tour of two du Pont family properties in the Brandywine Valley: Nemours Mansion and Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. The beauty of both the beaux-arts estate and Longwood’s 300 acres of formal French-inspired gardens are enhanced by lavish holiday décor and special displays.

Date
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Introduction to American Art
2-Session Course

In a two-session course, art historian Bonita Billman introduces major artists and movements in American painting from the late 18th century to the present, revealing the connections between historical changes and artistic choices. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, January 5, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 6, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Rilke and Rodin: A Friendship and a Clash of Egos

Author Rachel Corbett examines the vibrant creative world of Paris at the turn of the 20th century as she discusses the connection between the genesis of Carl Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet and the young writer’s unlikely but life-changing friendship with Auguste Rodin. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist

Gloria Groom of the Art Institute of Chicago examines Gauguin’s radically creative fascination with craft and decorative arts, as reflected in a major new exhibition mounted by the museum. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Expressionism: The Art of Emotions

Influenced by the early 20th century’s explorations of human behavior, artists looked to their own experiences and emotions as the spark for works. Artist and art historian Joseph Paul Cassar examines the movement that grew from that psychological shift, tracing expressionism’s roots, meaning, influences, and notable practitioners. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Impressionism Beyond France
4-Session Evening Course

Impressionism was a movement of wide reach, influencing artists in other countries who created their own national variations on the style. David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, examines impressionism as a major influence on the world's visual culture. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, February 7 to 28, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.