Humanities and the Arts


Release your inner art genie! Create unique abstract design projects using acrylic paint and a variety of materials and techniques. Learn how famous abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner used color theory and other skills to create their masterworks. No experience needed, just a desire to have fun. $50 for supplies payable to instructor at first session.
A seemingly ordinary British businessman, a young female Polish social worker, an introverted Japanese ambassador, an American-educated scion of a very wealthy Swedish family--what could these disparate individuals have in common? During the Holocaust, these four courageous people saved over 105,000 Jews from annihilation. We know all about the evildoers; why don't we know the names and deeds of the good? In this inspiring and uplifting class, you'll see films about, and discuss the bravery and altruism of these four and many others who chose goodness. Discuss what we can learn from their nobility to uplift our society!
Explore the little-known and uplifting stories of brave men, women and even children who risked their lives to defy the Nazis and save Jews during the Holocaust. Through films and discussion, learn about true examples of human kindness by diverse individuals. Celebrate these inspiring tales of the Holocaust and then ask: "If people did such amazing good during the darkest time in human history, what can we do to treat each other more kindly today?"

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Hola, hable en Espanol por favor! We will focus on vocabulary useful for travel in Spanish-speaking countries, plus the grammar, reading and writing skills to facilitate your conversations. Required text: Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way, Thatcher & Hammett, $29.99.
Learn to play the mountain dulcimer, an American string instrument known for its beautiful, haunting sound. Learn to read dulcimer tabs, play basic chords and patterns and many songs. Grab the dulcimer you purchased in the mountains that you have been meaning to learn to play and come have some fun. If you don't have a mountain dulcimer, information about purchasing one (expect to spend $60-$80 for a learner dulcimer) will be provided. A $15 materials fee is due at the first class meeting.
See Florida's precious Everglades through the eyes of two staunch defenders: nature photographer Clyde Butcher and journalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Butcher, the award-winning "Ansel Adams of the Everglades," exhibits his black and white photos throughout the state. The writings of Stoneman Douglas, the "Rachel Carson" of the River of Grass, helped redefine the Everglades as a treasured resource instead of a worthless swamp.
Expand your vocabulary and add phrases that will enhance your visits to French-speaking countries in this subsequent course to OLLI's Beginning Conversational French. You should be familiar with basic French. We will also employ the Pimsleur audio materials that are located in the library or can be downloaded from Audible. Continuons ā ętre amis!
Hablemos Espaņol. If you have taken a basic Spanish class, this class is for you. Work on mastering words you can use for travel and in everyday situations. Expand your vocabulary and practice conversation. Develop useful strategies to increase your language proficiency. Required text: Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way, by Gene M. Hammett and George Thatcher, EdD, $29.99 or less.
Are you a lover of foreign languages who would like to learn a new one? A lover of opera or music? So much music terminology is Italian. Or maybe you just want to try something beyond your comfort zone. Studies show that learning a language is an excellent way to boost cognitive abilities while lessening the likelihood of brain aging deterioration. Conversational Italian I is just what you need. We'll be using a new book that will get you speaking right away. There's a CD, too, that will help with pronunciation. Come join the fun. Required text: Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way by Marcel Danesi, Ph.D., Fourth Edition. Book includes an MP3 CD with 4 hours of audio ($29.99).
Class discussion will focus on understanding symbolic narratives about the origin of the world and of people. Compare and contrast creation myths, explore their archetypal symbols and themes. Create geometric designs, Mandalas, based on the symbols of creation myths. Bring colored pencils, markers or watercolors to class. Paper will be provided. Before the first class please read In the Beginning: Creation Myths from Around the World by Carolyn North & Adrienne Robinson. ICRL Press.

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Archaeologists uncover artifacts made by people long ago, but only through scientific research can we learn about who these people were and how they lived. Hold in your hands artifacts such as stone tools, pottery and shells and understand what aspects of Native American life these artifacts can reveal. Hear about three local sites that have yielded valuable information about Florida's history and the importance of preserving them: Harney Flats, Weedon Island and Crystal River.
Science and art go hand in hand in this workshop! Why do some fish have forked tails? What is the difference between bars, stripes, spots, blotches and ocelli? More importantly, how do these markings allow fish to survive the circle of life in their environment? Learn how to draw fish using photos and live examples as models. Through the drawing process, you'll learn about fish anatomy and adaptations from a skilled artist and educator. No artistic experience necessary! Paper and pencils will be provided or bring your own.
Do you enjoy the style of buildings influenced by Bauhaus? In celebration of the Bauhaus School of Architecture's 100th year, trace the founding of Bauhaus in Germany through its political travails and demise at the hands of the Nazis. Explore sources of inspiration for the Bauhaus, ranging from Zoroastrianism to architects and painters including Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe and Paul Klee. Consider the worldwide legacy of Bauhaus.
Try your hand at thinking and speaking only in German! Master the sounds of the alphabet, word order of sentences and phrases for travel. Instructional methods include the use of travel dialogues, visual sources including YouTube and works of art, as well as German poetry, folk songs, literature. Required text is Easy German Step-by-Step, by Swick, $16. Optional text: DK Bilingual Visual Dictionary.$14.95

Want to visit a Russian-speaking country? Don't know more than how to say "yes" and "no" in Russian? This course is for you. We will learn the Cyrillic alphabet, basic grammar concepts, and essential words and phrases. Your reward: being able to read elementary texts in Russian and communicate in simple phrases.
Join us on a cultural exploration of men in the 20th century. Through film, literature, and discussion, we will explore the various ways men have been depicted both on- and off-screen and how specific cultural events during that era helped shape those images.
The OLLI Singers! is a community chorus with two rules: have fun and learn to sing well. When in doubt, see rule number one. This chorus is open to any level of singer. If you are an experienced chorister, we can use gentle mentors. Singing benefits body, mind and spirit! We will perform for various audiences in the community during some class meetings. New singers may either borrow music from the instructor or purchase it (approximately $20).
Margaret Miller, Director of USF Graphicstudio, will offer a brief history of Graphicstudio, a professional collaborative workshop. The visit will include an introduction to groundbreaking fine art prints by acclaimed and leading artists including Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Los Carpinteros. The visit will include a printing demonstration.
Explore the process of creating colorful art using tiny, tiny beads. The instructor, a self-taught working artist, embroiders on felt using traditional and non-traditional stitches to create a unique sculpture effect. Try it for yourself in a hands-on session! Discuss techniques in bead embroidery and hear ideas for mixed media. Consider turning art into a business.
How does a dream become a reality? Just do it! Through photos, stories, maps and other documents, join me in reliving my rich experience of walking the last 100 kilometers of the Camino, the Way of St. James. My destination: the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Camino has been a pilgrimage route since the ninth century.
True but little-known stories of human goodness never cease to amaze and inspire us, especially during a period of seemingly endless evil, such as the Holocaust. Now more than ever, we yearn to learn about the sublime nobility of Italians, Americans, French, Belgian, Albanian, Turkish & Polish Christians and Muslims who selflessly saved Jews and others from certain death. Using films, handouts and discussion, let's celebrate the goodness of which humans are capable. This class will exhort us to "live," "model" and "teach" goodness!
What does it take to produce the orchestra performances you so enjoy? Take a peek behind the scenes of a major orchestra music library. Where does all that music come from? What goes into preparing a typical concert week and what's it like to work backstage? We'll talk about all the moving pieces that take a program from just an idea to the actual performance. You'll even learn how to mark a violin part for the players!