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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT STAINED GLASS (LLI 7018): Frank Lloyd Wright’s unique style of stained glass design was based on nature — the Midwestern trees and plants he saw growing up in Wisconsin and the geometric designs on blocks he played with as a child. By understanding and applying his strategy and ideas on design style, we can easily translate what he did to what we see in our everyday lives. To develop your understanding fully we will use paper instead of glass to create our own designs using his ideas. 

IMPRESSIONISM AT ITS BEST (LLI 7014): Impressionism. Why do we enjoy this period of art so much? With a look at one of the most appreciated periods in art history, you will examine the major Impressionist artists during the period 1855-1886, with a focus on the New Paris: the city of leisure and entertainment. Instead of a following a chronological path, we address major cultural themes in 19th century Paris through the beauty of its art. Familiar, respected artists including Manet, Renoir, and Monet will be highlighted.

IMPRESSIONISM AT ITS BEST, PART 2 (LLI 7014): Part 2 of our Impressionism series examines the themes of parks, racetracks, and gardens; suburban leisure outside Paris; and vacationing at the seaside. You will imagine how artists like Monet participated in the new leisure culture. Appealing to the senses, you will see how these artists used heightened color and unfinished brushwork to illuminate the period. This course concludes with a look at the role Impressionist art played in a new modern society as artists dealt with societal themes of leisure and entertainment. It's not necessary to attend Part1 to register for Part 2.

JAPANESE SUMI PAINTING (LLI 0052): Sumi is “Black Ink Painting” where the emphasis is placed on the beauty of every individual stroke of the brush. Originally developed in ancient China, it has spread across Asia with each culture developing its unique version of the style. The ink is derived from carbon soot collected from the inside of kilns where porcelain dishes were fired. It is so permanent that 1000-year-old scroll paintings still look fresh today. By using various densities of black to light gray, artists created subtle, ethnic works of art. Ann Leslie is a long time practicing artist.

NAVAJO HEALING SAND PAINTINGS (LLI 0053): Navajo paintings are called dry paintings because they are created with colored sands. The figures may be symbolic of sacred mountains, legendary visions, ceremonial dances or chants that help in healing and harvests. For healing purposes, paintings allow patients to transform their mental and physical states by focusing on the symbols and stories to reestablish their proper, orderly placement with the forces of life, thus restoring their physical and spiritual health. Ann Leslie has been a practicing artist for many years and has a deep connection with Native American spirituality.

NORMAN ROCKWELL: AMERICA’S PREMIER ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR (LLI 7031): Norman Rockwell (b. 1884), 20th-century American illustrator, painter, and author, has enjoyed a broad popular appeal for his depictions of American culture. He began studying painting at age 14. Seven years later he submitted his first successful cover painting to the Saturday Evening Post Magazine, which published 323 original Rockwell works during a period of 47 years. Rockwell’s covers, which show Americans of all ages working and playing, at prayer and in meetings, in times of stress and in times of triumph, offer profound commentaries on American life.

PLAINS PEOPLES WINTER COUNT HISTORY ON BISON SKINS (LLI 0060): The various tribes of the Plains Peoples were nomadic, thus carrying written records in any sort of book was impractical for people frequently on the move with very limited storage. In winter, when there was more time available in camp, a man would typically record the events of the past year on buffalo hides. You will record your year, part of a year or perhaps an important event for your project.

SHAKER SPIRITUAL ART (LLI 0061): Just about everyone doodles as did the Shakers. They would fill up the corners of a page or perhaps begin in the center of the page designing a continuous spiral of words and then surround those words with colorful flowers and fruit creating a wreath. Listening to dulcimer music, you will take a meaningful saying and combine it with your own artwork.

THE FABULOUS DALE CHIHULY – GLASS ARTIST AND THE STUDIO GLASS MOVEMENT IN AMERICA (LLI 7032): Our focus is on the greatest living master of the ancient medium of glass. Dale Chihuly has breathed new life into a traditional art form through his technical innovations and extravagant, large-scale, glass installations. Chihuly has sought new challenges to stimulate his creativity and imagination. The fantastic, multi-shaped, colorful glass towers and temples he creates with his students incorporate out-of-doors natural settings and existing architecture into indoor glass conservatories.

THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL (LLI 7038): Our classroom will time-travel back to the 19th century Hudson River, New York. See the nation through the eyes of great artists such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Albert Bierstadt as they capture on canvas the magnificence of the American wilderness in a nation yearning for an artistic identity of its own. Referred to as The Hudson River School, its founder Thomas Cole captured the romance and majesty of the American landscape with works such as The Oxbow. Enjoy the beauty and excitement of a historic period in American art, captured so vividly by these extraordinary landscape artists through another amazing tour with Susan Langworthy.

TIBETAN MANDALAS (LLI 1053): Mandala means circle in Sanskrit and is a symbolic way of representing the universe and various elements within it such as palaces, kingdoms, mankind, and other cosmic concepts. Mandalas have been used in teaching, as aids in healing and prayer or to assist in calming meditation. Assisted with soft music, you will create your own mandala for peace, harmony, or a symbolic garden to walk through.

TLINGIT GUARDIAN SPIRIT & TRIBE ANIMALS (LLI 1054): Animal totems are animal spirits represented in emblems unique to a tribe, family, or clan. The symbols may reflect the lineage of the tribe and remind people of their ancestry and creation stories. Totems may be carved and painted on buildings or long, wooden upright poles. The spirits are kept alive in the carvings that watch over families, clans, and tribes as guardian spirits and helpers. They are not worshipped, but they inspire great respect. Who would be your helper or what animal would you send to someone who needs help?

WORLD CAVE PAINTINGS & PETROGLYPHS (LLI 1055): For more than 40,800 years, the journey of civilization has been recorded by humans. The adventures and stories of ancient peoples are told by the chipping and pounding marks left on rocks and through paintings in caves and on cliffs. Humans have left their stories on every continent and perhaps under the ice caps at the poles by using the most primitive of tools and their hands. If you had to tell your future family something, what would it be? Whatever you say, it must be understandable now and in the next thousand years.

ZUNI GUARDIAN ANIMALS (LLI 0057): Native American people believe that everything is alive and that the Rock People are the oldest living things on our planet. For the Zuni People of the southwest, each animal has a job, for example; the bear is a healer and stands for strength & introspection. The horse is also a healer but helps you arrive and return from your journey. Other animals are thought to assist you in protection, leadership, catching game, or resourcefulness. Working from a list of animals and their traits, you will work on your own guardian animal or perhaps one for someone who needs help.

 Please note: Not all classes are offered every semester. 

Classes are offered at the Harper College Main Campus as well as at our partner locations. Please check the current schedule or call 847.925.6300 to confirm the location of your class.