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Vincent van Gogh is generally considered to be one of the greatest Dutch painters of all time.  His work exerted a powerful influence on the development of much modern painting, in particular on fauvism and German expressionism.  The striking color, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms of his work are wholly unique, visually captivating, emotionally stimulating, and widely collected.  Paul Gauguin, both a friend to and enemy of Van Gogh, sought to achieve a primitive expression of spiritual and emotional states in his work, largely through overlapping planes of color.  His influence on modern art was wide and varied.  Gauguin possessed an exceptional vision, tirelessly experimenting with new styles and approaches.  This class will explore the lives, legends, and works of both artists.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 4/26/2018, ending 4/26/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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This illustrated lecture explores street art, from 1970s New York City graffiti to gallery artists like Keith Haring, who utilized this artistic form of vandalism as a springboard to broadcast their own voices of contemporary culture.  All of the major metropolitan areas of the world boast a thriving, expressive community of artists who have taken their thoughts, observations, and opinions to the street.  From Miami to the US heartland, the West Bank to Reykjavik, some of the most talented and original artists in the world today like Banksy and Shepard Fairey embrace this vital, contemporary art form is embraced by .    

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; starting 4/26/2018, ending 4/26/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Martin Merchant 



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Fauvism refers to paintings invested with a strong expressive reaction to the subjects portrayed.  These artists used color in shocking and almost violent ways, giving rise to their being dubbed fauves or “wild beasts” by critic Louis Vauxcelles.  This class will study Henri Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Rouault, and Kees van Dongen, among others, in the journey to discover the origins of this first movement of Modern Art.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 5/3/2018, ending 5/3/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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The most influential and misunderstood art movement of the twentieth century and beyond, cubism forever changed the way we see.  Largely created by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, cubism offered us a new reality through processes of disassembly, reassembly, and multiple perspectives.  In addition to the artwork of Picasso and Braque, this class will examine works by Juan Gris, Lyonel Feininger, Fernand Leger and Robert Delaunay, among others.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 5/10/2018, ending 5/10/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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The 1980s was notable for the AIDS epidemic, the Cold War, Gordon Gekko’s “greed is good’ attitude, the tech boom, NASA’s disastrous Challenger mission, Reagan’s assassination attempt, the fall of the Berlin wall, and the Wall Street crash.  This course will recap the cultural and political events of the decade and then examine the American artwork responsive to these events, such as those by Jean Michel Basquiat, Richard Prince, Keith Haring, Willem deKooning, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Nan Goldin, Eric Fischl, Julian Schnabel, and others.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 5/15/2018, ending 5/15/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Ronnit Vasserman 



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The goal of the expressionists was not to depict objective reality, but rather to explore the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse within a person.  They achieved those results through distortion, exaggeration, primitivism and fantasy, and through the vivid, jarring, violent, and dynamic application of formal elements.  This class will examine Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriel Münter, Kathé Kollwitz, and Emil Nolde, among others, in studying the many forms and evolution of the expressionist art movement.   

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 5/24/2018, ending 5/24/2018

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Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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Dada was essentially a protest movement, led by a group of European artists, against World War I, bourgeois society, the conservatism of traditional thought, and art itself.  Its practitioners used absurdities and non-sequiturs to create artworks that defied any intellectual analysis and were anti-aesthetic.  Dadaists also included random "found" objects in their works, which eventually led to what we now know as assemblage.  Artists to be examined include Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Hoch, among others.  Discover why Dada became such a paradox and how it led art in wholly new directions.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 5/31/2018, ending 5/31/2018

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Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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Surrealism represented a reaction against the rationalism that artists believed led to the horrors of WWI.  Fantastical visual imagery from the subconscious mind was used with no intention of making the work logically comprehensible.  Founded by writer André Breton in 1924, surrealism developed primarily in Europe, and attracted many members from the preceding dada movement.  Although the surrealist works were somewhat similar to those of the mystical nineteenth century symbolist movement, the surrealists were also deeply influenced by the psychoanalytic work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.  Artists to be explored include Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Joan Miró, and Max Ernst, among others.  Discover how surrealism’s emphasis on positive expression transcended the boundaries of negation associated with the dadaists.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 5/31/2018, ending 5/31/2018

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Tuition: $25.00

Location : Westchester Reform Temple Location : 
  Westchester Reform Temple.

Instructor : Jill Kiefer 



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Modern Art as a genre refers specifically to the art created by members of the avant-garde during the period from 1900-1945.  This series explores each of the major movements of modern art: fauvism, cubism, expressionism, dada, and surrealism.  You may register for this program as a series or attend on a class-by-class basis.  

Start date: 05/03/2018

Tuition:: $80.00

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