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    Skirball Book Groups: The Currents Beneath Us

    Choose from five different groups

    $150 General; $125 Members

    Through provocative fiction and nonfiction, read about and discuss some of the currents that drive human behavior—faith, nobility, selflessness, wickedness, and self-interest. Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, explore books as a class, learning about the author’s background and analyzing characters and themes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Please read the book prior to each class. GROUP 1: Tuesdays

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    Introduction to Fine Silver Metal Clay

    Saturday, September 12, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (1 session)

    $99 Noncredit*

    In this intensive class, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, learn how to work with precious metal clay (PMC).

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    Autobiography, Memoir, or Fiction

    Mondays, September 21–November 23, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (10 sessions)

    $435 Noncredit; $475 Certificate Credit; $1,320 College Credit (1.0)

    In this dynamic writing workshop, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, uncover material from your own life experience to begin a memoir or work of fiction. 

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  • Introduction to Glass Fusing

    Introduction to Glass Fusing

    Saturday, September 26, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (1 session)

    $99 Noncredit*

    In this one-day class, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, try your hand at the ancient technique of glass fusing.

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  • Setting the Table Workshop

    Setting the Table

    Sunday, September 27, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (1 session)

    $60 General; $50 Members

    In celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which begins on September 27 this year, learn the Japanese tie-dyeing technique known as shibori from artist Orly Olivier, whose work is featured in the exhibition Petit Takett.

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  • Japanese Art and the West

    Japanese Art and the West

    Wednesdays, September 30–November 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $150 General; $120 Members

    In this six-session class, explore how Japanese culture and artistic traditions have influenced the art of Europe and America.

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  • What the World Eats

    What the World Eats

    Thursdays, October 1, 15, and 29, November 12, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (4 sessions)

    $100 General; $80 Members

    What does food mean to you? What does food mean to people around the world? This class explores a variety of issues related to food production, distribution, and consumption in the United States and throughout the world.

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    Cured, Pickled, Preserved

    Tuesdays, October 13, November 10, December 8, 7:30–9:00 p.m. (3 sessions)

    Ceviche, pickles, and jam have at least one thing in common: they are all preserved foods. In this series of classes, examine the art of food preservation—the age-old method of extending the seasonal life of food.

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  • Asian American Experience

    The Asian American Experience

    Wednesdays, October 14, November 11, December 9, 7:30–9:00 p.m. (3 sessions)

    $60 General; $45 Members

    The term Asian American covers a diverse range of histories, experiences, and cultural identities. In this lively discussion-based class, examine three important novels by three very different Asian American writers: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

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  • When Books Went to War

    When Books Went to War and the Two Classic Novels That Helped to Win It

    Thursdays, October 15–November 19, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $150 General; $120 Members

    This class explores the two most popular books during World War II—A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald—and how they served as formidable weapons in fighting Nazi Germany’s “war of ideas.”

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  • In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams

    In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams

    Saturdays, October 17 and November 21, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., plus Friday, November 6–Sunday, November 8 (2 sessions at the Skirball plus 1 weekend travel)

    $495 Noncredit*

    This special class and photo-tour, offered in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, traces the footsteps of Ansel Adams through two sessions at the Skirball and a weekend of travel to the Manzanar National Historic Site.

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  • Projected Art History class

    Projected Art History

    Tuesdays, November 3–December 1, except November 24, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (4 sessions)

    $100 General; $80 Members

    This class presents a selection of movies in which American and Mexican artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Frida Kahlo are at the center. By discussing similarities and differences between these films—particularly the trope of the suffering genius—this class sharpens your senses to the portrayal of artists in films.

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  • Golden Age of Opera

    The Golden Age of Opera: Nineteenth-Century Europe

    Wednesdays, November 11–December 16, 1:00–3:30 p.m. (6 sessions)

    $150 General; $120 Members

    Study a selection of operas from the first three decades of the nineteenth century, a period of intense political, economic, social, and artistic change.

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