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Art + Music

Thursdays, January 19–March 9 | 10–11:30 a.m.

Charlene Mileti, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

In a bravura performance, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores Caravaggio’s staggering artistic achievements, delving into the original Italian sources to create a masterful profile of the mercurial painter. Book: Caravaggio, A Life Sacred and Profane, Andrew Graham-Dixon

Middleberg Heights Church | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >


Fridays, January 20–March 17 | 10:30 a.m.-noon

No class February 10

Joel Keller, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

This presentation begins with the reading of a poem on the subject of music written by John Dryden entitled, "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day (1687)." Music of the Baroque Era by Clive Unger-Hamilton and other reference books will act as the base for class discussions. In addition to weekly consideration of the music of this era, the classes will follow a timeline that includes history, art, architecture and literature. More than 30 Baroque musical instruments will be introduced and compared to their modern counterparts with video performances of each. The life stories of some 42 composers will be reviewed and their music played. Book: Discover Music of the Baroque Era, Clive Unger-Hamilton

St. Paul's Episcopal Church | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $87 | REGISTER >


Saturdays, February 4–March 4 | 10:30 a.m– noon

No class on February 18

Karen Edwards, AP Art History Teacher, Laurel School


In this course, we will explore the transition from Mannerism to Baroque art through in-depth analysis and discussion of the art of Giorgio Vasari, Cellini, Bernini, Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi. We will also examine the social, political, and religious environment that shaped the artistic production of the period. No textbook is necessary; articles and websites will be provided.

Laurel School, Lyman Campus | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >


Session I: Tuesdays, February 7–March 14
Session II: Thursdays, February 9–March 16
1–2 p.m.


Cleveland Museum of Art Staff


In 2017, the Cleveland Museum of Art commences its second century with magnificent galleries and public spaces, and a collection that remains, object for object, one of the finest in the world. This engaging gallery lecture series taught by instructors from the museum's Department of Education and Academic Affairs highlights the evolving presentation of the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions and new acquisitions. Please join us as we continue to explore our distinguished art museum, one of northeastern Ohio's principal civic and cultural institutions. Tours meet in the Atrium North Court Lobby.


Cleveland Museum of Art | Members: $75 per session; Nonmembers: $90 per session | REGISTER (Session I) > | REGISTER (Session II) >

Saturdays, February 25–March 11 | 10 a.m– noon

Catherine Butler, Art Teacher, Laurel School


Enjoy the playful, meditative process of developing three-dimensional form. learn techniques to develop forms with wire, newspaper, wood and found objects. These pieces will be enveloped and embellished with plaster cloth. each student will be guided to follow their own interests and inspiration while developing their personal expression. Materials fee: $10, to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.  Materials fee: $10 to be paid to the instructor on the first day of class.

Laurel School, Lyman Campus | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >


Mondays, February 27–April 3 | 1–3:30 p.m.

Eric Kisch, Host, Musical Passions on 104.9 WCLV classical FM

Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning

This course addresses the changing image of America’s Jews as portrayed in motion pictures. Did Hollywood reinforce existing stereotypes or create a new vision of the Jew in America? How do films such as “The Jazz Singer,” “Gentleman’s Agreement,” and “Annie Hall” reflect the ideas and sensibilities of the major Jewish players in the film industry?

Landmark Centre | Members: $110; Nonmembers: $130 | REGISTER >


Tuesdays, May 9–30 | 1–4 p.m.

Peggy Wertheim, Local Surface Design Artist

Discover, create, and explore the exciting techniques of batik and silk painting inspired by the natural beauty of Squire Valleevue Farm. Students will learn resist application, waxing, color blending, dye theory, paint and salt techniques. They will create several pieces of silk wall art to frame and/or silk scarves. A wealth of design ideas, reference books and handouts provided. No experience necessary. Limited enrollment.  A $35 materials fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, The Honey House | Members: $80; Nonmembers: $100 | REGISTER >


Fridays, June 2–30 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Patricia Sigmier, Local Artist

In this course we will explore painting in the outdoors using watercolor or the medium of your choice. Subjects will be found in the beautiful environs of Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms. Students of all skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. Each student will be instructed individually and work at his/her own pace. Bring a bag lunch.

Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms | Members: $200; Nonmembers: $220 | REGISTER >