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  • Memory Books

    Wednesdays, March 14–April 18, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

    $150 General; $120 Members

    A travel ticket, an old photograph, a song that takes you to another place and time. Stories about people, places, and events, all told as we remember them, can become a rich treasure trove to share with others.

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–1851), Conway Castle, North Wales, 1798. Watercolor and gum arabic with graphite underdrawing. 53.7 × 76.5 cm. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

    Art: The Majestic Landscape

    Wednesdays, April 18 and 25 and May 2, 16, and 30, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

    $140 General; $110 Members

    The “landscape” in visual art has always symbolized emotional, ideological, and spiritual yearnings. From Chinese brush painting to the Italian Renaissance, depictions of mountains, water, and trees convey a desire for order and peace in a turbulent world. By the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, landscapes became a vehicle for heart-pounding romanticism, shimmering impressionism, and individual voice.

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  • Go Green: Recycle-Create-Give

    Sunday, May 6, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    $50 General; $40 Members

    Explore how to create homemade and meaningful gifts from recycled and repurposed items.

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  • Illustrating Children’s Books

    Mondays, February 5–April 23, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (No classes February 19 and March 19)

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    Explore the steps involved in illustrating a children’s book in this class offered in partnership with Otis College Extension.

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  • Close-up of hand writing with a blue pen and a red pen lying on a piece of paper

    Your Story: Memoir and Personal Essay

    Tuesdays, January 16–March 6, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

    This class is now full.

    Focused on memoir and the personal essay, develop and craft your work, studying the elements that enhance your writing and help your stories to cohere.

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  • Magic Realism

    Magic Realism

    Wednesdays, January 24–February 28, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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    Examine an artistic style where dreams and reality are indistinguishable, where the spiritual and the worldly collide.

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  • La Bohème

    Opera in HD

    Wednesdays, February 7–March 7, 1:00–3:30 p.m.

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    Technology has made it possible to transmit live performances of operas, from the Metropolitan Opera and other opera houses around the world, in high definition onto movie theater screens. This class will discuss five operas prior to their theatrical release in LA this spring.

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  • Drawing and Composition

    Drawing and Composition

    Thursdays, February 8–May 3, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (No class March 22)

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    This beginning course, offered in partnership with Otis College Extension, develops skills in the elements of drawing and composition. Through demonstration, class exercises, and critiques, students explore concepts including contour line, cross contour, modeling, uses of marks to show form and space, perspective, scale and measurement, and positive/negative space.

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  • great decisions course

    Great Decisions: A Current Events Discussion Group

    Thursdays, January 18, February 8 and 22, March 8, April 5, 19, and 26, May 3, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
    Please note the session formerly planned to be held on March 22 has been rescheduled for April 26.

    This class is now full.

    Become an informed citizen! In this stimulating discussion group, discuss and debate important international current events with the guidance of an experienced moderator and guest lecturers from area universities and think tanks.

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  • 2018 book groups

    Skirball Book Groups: Changing Views of the American Experience

    Winter–Spring 2018

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    Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, participants examine the book together, analyzing characters, themes, and motifs and learning about the author’s background. Expect lively, interactive classes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Participants must read the book prior to each session.

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  • Leonard Bernstein, 1971, photo by Marion S. Trikosko, courtesy of the Library of Congress

    Bernstein at the Skirball

    Tuesdays, April 10–24, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

    This class is now full.

    Affectionately called “Lenny” by millions of admirers throughout the world, Leonard Bernstein was truly a “Renaissance Man,” excelling not only as a conductor, educator, and prolific composer of Broadway shows, opera, ballet, and symphonic and choral music, but also as a TV personality and jet-setter. He attracted crowds wherever he went.

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