Discussing Impressionism

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Tuesday
Course Length: 6 weeks
Starting: 09/10/2024
Ending: 10/15/2024
Period of Day: Period 2 In-Person
Time: 11:30 - 1:00
Course Fee: $60

Course Description:

Discussing Impressionism is a 6-week art history course.  You will have an opportunity to discuss paintings from this most beloved movement in modern art.  The course will re-introduce you to Impressionist artists.  An abundance of art slides will give you ample inspiration for engaging in group discussions.  You will be encouraged to share thoughts and personal reactions in a judgement-free environment.  You will be especially encouraged to analyze Impressionist artists’ brushstrokes, depiction of light effects, application of color, compositions, and choice of subjects. I will present information about each artist and artwork as well as context placing Impressionism in the continuum of art history.

This course will explore the works of Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, and Mary Cassatt.  Brief presentation highlight handouts will be available each week.   Homework will consist of brief readings to be found online.  The readings are intended to provide background information and enhance the classroom discussions.  I will email links to the readings before each class.  The classes will be a combination of lecture and discussion.  Preparation time should be less than an hour to an hour and a half each week.

Please note that the last class is on October 15, during the break week.

Books and Other Resources:

Homework will consist of brief readings to be found online.  No book is required.

Course Leader Bio(s)

Judith Scott

I was a guide at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum for over thirteen years, and I am now a Guide Emeritus.  I was a docent at Danforth Art Museum and School for fifteen years.  I conducted numerous tours at both art museums and taught a significant portion of the Danforth New Docent class.  I have been a student of art history for most of my life, and I was an amateur painter for decades.  I am a retired senior manager in the computer industry.  This is my fifth LLAIC course.  Previous courses included Movements in Modern Art, Expressionism in Art, Favorite American Artists, and More Favorite American Artists.