Art & Music

Upcoming Courses


Delving into the art of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, we will examine the works of such artists as Manet and Monet Seurat and van Gogh, Mondrian and Kandinsky, Cezanne and Picasso, and even Pollock and Rothko, in the pursuit of a meaning and purpose for art and the formal equivalents for their efforts. We then look at the influence of these giants on later artists, then and now.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan 19, 24, 26, 31, Feb 2, 7, Synchronous Online
A young man in a young nation, John James Audubon had the ambitious goal of painting all the birds of America, life-sized. He labored without success for years, suffering personal rejection and financial ruin, as he discovered new species, studied their habits, and left a warning for future generations. This course will focus on Audubon's life and world, a time of explosive growth and rapid scientific and technological change.

Tuesdays 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, TBD - UR Campus
Alan will perform the complete set of Preludes and Fugues in all 24 major and minor keys that comprise this epoch-making work, along with introductory and running commentary on each of the pieces in turn.

Thursdays; 3/2 & 3/9, NRCT, Perkinson Recital Hall
This program will include complete performances with running commentary of the Pathétique, Moonlight, Waldstein, Appassionata piano sonatas, and the Diabelli Variations.

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Are you missing the beauty of summer flowers and nesting birds? Come join us for a peek at the beautiful bird and blooms that live within the Galvin Rare Books and Archives. In this course, we'll explore some rare botanical and ornithological collections, highlighted by recently donated materials, including a set of 19th-Century engraved lilies from the renowned French botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

Friday 3/24, Boatwright Library, Room B1-22
Come learn to paint the basic four subjects of orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and plum tree. Students will cultivate creativity, new mysterious ink painting ideas with rice paper, and radical constraint, but the brushwork remains in the heart as a story and symbol of things. Asian ink paintings enable students to know and appreciate beautiful East Asian art. The methods help develop a better cultural exchange, understanding of culture, and respect for the diversity of lifestyles.

Wednesdy & Thursday 5/10 & 11. Meets 10-11:30a and 1-2:30p on both days (there is a 1.5 hour break in the between each day), TBD - UR Campus
This class will take you on a musical tour of the history of the cello, featuring both lecture and musical examples played live. We will begin with a brief history of bowed string instruments, we'll toss in a little non-classical music, and end with a few holiday favorites in the Christian and Jewish traditions.

Friday, Dec 9, NRCT, Perkinson Recital Hall (6 seats (8%) remaining)
The Twisted Ring Bracelet utilizes a specialty ring made with both yellow gold-filled and sterling silver wire in a twisted pattern. This is wonderful for a charm bracelet or can stand just on its own. It is truly beautiful and unique. This is a beginner weave. All supplies and tools to borrow will be supplied; you should bring good eyesight and sense of humor (and a pinch of patience).

Tuesdays 4/25 and 5/2, TBD - UR Campus
The Roosa Bracelet is a beginner's weave that is quick and easy to make. The bracelet feels very light on the wrist and is fun to make and wear. It can be worn for dress up or every day, and you will receive many compliments on this bracelet. All materials will be provided, and the instructor will have tools on hand to borrow.

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How do artists depict children in their art works? Are they merely miniature adults or do they possess a quality or character of their own? Join us in this interactive session to see how American artists have rendered children over the decades and how these images can reflect our social and cultural views of childhood.

Thursday May 4th, Synchronous Online
Learn about the long-term health benefits of just moving! Different musical and dance style such as Bollywood, jazz, Latin and disco are used to inspire participants to embrace dance as a lifelong means to health, joy and fulfillment.

Mondays, Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 12 (Skip Oct 31 and Nov 21), THC, Alice Haynes Room (1 seats (3%) remaining)
Jan 23, 30, Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 (skip Feb 6, 13), TBD - UR Campus
Join Dan Begley in the quest for the funniest movies of all time. This fall we will watch and discuss these classics: 'The Apartment (1960) film by Billy Wilder with Jack Lemmon, 'The Awful Truth' (1937) film by Leo McCarey with Cary Grant, and 'The Palm Beach Story' (1942) film by Preston Sturgis with Henry Fonda.

Fridays 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, TBD - UR Campus
Songs, essentially poems that are sung, can unite humans with their rhythm, artistry, stories, and universal truths. We'll study several songwriters of country music, a genre that is often overlooked by literary scholars who may not realize the sophistication and wisdom of these writers of truth. We'll look at Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine.

Monday and Wednesday 4/17, 4/19, 4/24, 4/26, Synchronous Online
For centuries humans have used creatine and inventive ways to find shelter, stay safe, and thrive. In this interactive session, we will use artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection to explore the concept of 'dwellings.' Join us to discover how artists have used diverse media to capture a variety of abodes, large and small, humble and grand, isolated and in community, and what we can learn from their endeavors.

Monday 2/20, Synchronous Online
Visit the University of Richmond Museums for a guided tour of the exhibition: 'Jay Lynn Gomez: Domestic Scenes Reconsidered' with co-curator Martha Wright. This exhibition is a part of the Tucker Boatwright Festival, collaborated with Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Department and co-curated with Dr. Karina Vazquez.

Thursday 2/16, THCX - Harnett Museum
What woman doesn't love shoes?! They tell the viewer if you are into fashion, comfort, adventure, or pain. Golden Lotus feet/shoes were the most desirable by wealthy Chinese men; it didn't matter if you were beautiful. We will explore the beauty and pain that was passed down from one generation to the next through the ancient tradition of foot binding.

Thursday 4/20, TBD - UR Campus
Come and hear about an epiphany that changed a Christian writer's life and work, resulting in three literary works about the Holocaust, multiple trips to Israel and Lithuania, American embassy speaking engagements, a book tour at the invitation of two US ambassadors, and two plays.

Mondays 3/27 and 4/3, TBD - UR Campus
FILM VIEWING When The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, the recording studio became the band's playground. From 1967-1969, the band recorded and released five unique and highly praised albums. Our class will focus on the path that led to the recording of their last studio album, Abbey Road. We'll watch the original documentary 'Let It Be,' capturing The Beatles at work preparing songs for the album and offering an impromptu concert on the rooftop of Apple Records.

Monday, April 10, TBD - UR Campus
When The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, the recording studio became the band's playground. From 1967-1969, the band recorded and released five unique and highly praised albums. Our class will focus on the path that led to the recording of their last studio album, Abbey Road. Having viewed the documentary in Part 1, we'll delve into an in-depth discussion of Abbey Road in this Part 2.

Tuesday, April 11, TBD - UR Campus
This course will use rock music as a lens through which to view the changing social and racial atmosphere in the US from the early 1920s through today. We'll take a look at how popular music has been impacted by technology, war, and ideology across the 20th century.

Tuesdays; January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7 & 14, Synchronous Online
Modern Art can be hard to look at: it turns our idea of painting completely upside down. This class will look at the ideas and artists who sowed the early seeds of modernism in 19th-Century Paris and continue through to Abstract Expressionism, which exploded in America 100 years later in the 1960s. From Impressionism to Cubism to Surrealism and abstraction we will trace -- and attempt to understand -- the evolution of 20th-Century art.

Wednesdays; 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/01, 2/08 & 2/15, Synchronous Online
Explore the delights of musical satire in a variety of genres, cultures, and eras, especially America since 1950. This multimedia course covers 'Yankee Doodle,' slave satire, Gilbert & Sullivan, the Gershwins, the Marx Brothers, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, Monty Python, Spinal Tap, 'Saturday Night Live,' 'South Park,' Key and Peele, and a bountiful bevy of B's: Leonard Bernstein, the Beatles, Rachel Bloom ('Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'), Bo Burnham, and Bugs Bunny.

Mondays; 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 & 2/20 (skip 1/16), Synchronous Online
Let's explore outdoor and wildlife photography around Richmond and Virginia. The presentation will provide local photographs, information on places to go, the right time of day and conditions to take your best photos. Come learn non-technical tips on taking photos with cameras ranging from an iPhone to other camera types. We'll end with an overview and photos of Richmond's urban wildlife populations from some easily accessible locations and the best times to view them.

Tuesday 4/4, TBD - UR Campus
This class pays tribute to the women behind Picasso's art and how they shaped his artistic development. There were several, spanning his entire career.

Wednesdays; 3/01, 3/08, 3/15, 3/22 & 3/29, Synchronous Online
Join us as we look at 18 poets, 1850-present, two per session. We will also spend time on participant poems and on poems from the presenter's new chapbook, On Sunday Afternoons. Topics will include syntax, line, beat, meter, word, image, voice, and feel. Discussions will focus on poetry of Merwin, Dickinson, Collins, Stevens, Grennan, Eliot, Ashbery, Yeats, Baraka, Williams, Komunyakaa, Whitman, Graham, Walcott, Creeley, Frost, Brooks and Bishop.

Thursdays; 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, Booker Hall, Room 207
Join this deep dive into the music of Richmond Symphony's 2022-23 Symphony Series concert season. Each monthly session will focus on the repertoire of the Symphony's next concert performance and features a special guest with a critical role in the performance. Guests will include conductors, composers, soloists, and more! Through recordings, images, scholarship, biographies, backstage stories, and discussion we will listen and engage more deeply with the music and the artists who bring it to life.

Mondays, Jan 23, Feb 13, Mar 20, Apr 10, May 8, Synchronous Online
FIELD TRIP It'll be just us at the VMFA for a docent-led tour of this special exhibit, the first exhibition to explore the guitar's symbolism in American art from the early 19th century to the present day. Featuring 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments, the exhibition demonstrates that guitars figure prominently in the visual stories Americans tell themselves about themselves: their histories, identities, and aspirations. Because of the tour costs, fees for this class are non-refundable.

Friday 2/17, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Friday 2/17, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The string quartet -- the combination of two violins, viola, and cello -- has been called 'the most perfect expression of human behavior.' We will examine the 250+ year history and development of the string quartet, and how it became a medium for many composers' most intimate and profound utterances.

Thursdays 3/23 - 5/4 **SKIPPING 4/6**, TBD - UR Campus
Harlem was a destination for thousands migrating from the South in the 1920s and 1930s. More than just a physical location, it was a racial haven and place of self-discovery, cultural awareness, and political activism. Using artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this session explores the Harlem Renaissance and how it shaped American identity.

Tuesday, Jan 24, Synchronous Online
When learning about opera, it can be hard to know where to begin. This class is here to help, by introducing students to opera history and repertoire to prepare for performances at Virginia Opera. This spring, the class will explore the works of Giuseppe Verdi as his work intersect with the history of Italy and opera, culminating with performances of 'La traviata' this spring. (NOTE: first class via zoom, remaining two in person)

Fridays, Feb 24 (ZOOM), Mar 3 and 10 (In person), TBD - UR Campus
When learning about opera, it can be hard to know where to begin. This class is here to help, by introducing students to opera history and repertoire to prepare for performances at Virginia Opera. This winter, we'll explore an overview of operatic history. Each session will focus on the operatic traditions from one century, and attention will be given to how these styles, composers, and artists influence the art we produce today.

Tuesdays; 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 & 2/07, Synchronous Online
There are more operas being written today than in the previous 75 years, and Virginia Opera is committed to bringing the best of contemporary opera to local audiences. However, it can be difficult to know where to start. Join Virginia Opera's Resident Scholar for an engaging presentation and learn what the 21st Century has to offer.

Friday 12/16, BUS, Room 114
Richard Wagner's monumental (and controversial) Der Ring des Nibelungen is one of the largest works of Western art. Comprising four epic operas based on Norse mythology, this cycle has profoundly influenced generations of artists including the creators of The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. With Virginia Opera continuing the Ring this fall with Die Walk

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Throughout our history, artists have been embedded on the battlefield to capture soldiers in action. Join us as we analyze and discuss how wartime artists serving on the frontlines apply their artistic talents to express what they experience real-time from their own unique perspectives.

Friday 3/10, Synchronous Online