Local modern art class dives into futurism – Columbia Community Connection News Mid-Columbia Region
CS: Did the challenges of the virtual format lead to creative solutions or unique experiences you wouldn’t otherwise have stumbled upon?
CC : Before COVID, I did these classes on an ad hoc basis. Each presentation focused on a different art form or artist/artists that I think would be of interest to these groups. But once we had to go virtual, I realized it might be harder to keep a group together, so I came up with the idea of developing a series of classes based on Will Gompertz’s great book. on modern art, What Are You Looking At? Each month the class is asked to read about 50 pages, then I give a presentation on one of the art forms they have just read, with an emphasis on the flow of art history modern.
Another benefit is being able to give attendees a deep dive sheet with links to articles and videos that they can immediately reference because they’re already online. I also give them assignments to deepen their studies and help them articulate their thoughts on art and what they learn. Over the course of the series, they will be given a solid introduction to modern art – and I can already see them making connections to modern art history and art movements. It turned out to be quite exciting.
“Modern Art with Kerry Cobb” takes place the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. The next four courses will cover, in the following chronological order, the Bauhaus School (February 15), Abstract Expressionism (March 15), Pop Art (April 19) and Postmodernism (May 17). To register, call 541-296-4788 or email email@example.com. The accompanying textbook, What Are You Looking At?, by Will Gompertz, can be borrowed for free or purchased directly from the Senior Center for $22. His first two classes, in November and December, covered Impressionism and Primitivism respectively.