Fall 2020 continuing education classes are being taught remotely. Studio classes have live remote meetings. Basic requirements to take a class are an internet connection, computer, and an internet linked camera (like a cell phone). Most classes will be hosted through Zoom or MassArt Moonami. For specific course requirements, contact the CE office at ce@massart.edu or your instructor. Fall classes are still being added--check again soon.

Learn to identify, classify, describe, and interpret works of art from a wide range of periods and world cultures.

The 20th century is particularly suited to study the multicultural heritage of fashion and art history.  In its first 50 years, fashion and art were an expression of Eurocentric partisanship, despite extensive, uncredited cultural borrowings from peoples and countries in the global community. In the mid-1960s these broader voices in fashion … Read more

Start Date

09/02

Meeting Day

Wednesdays

End Date

12/16

Faculty

Kathleen McDermott

Time

6:30pm–9:30pm

Credits

3

A survey of the craft and form of furniture over the past 50 years. Topics include the development of styles and their sources, as well as the evolution and organization of furniture manufacture, from early joinery to the emergence of cabinetmaking techniques, to the development of machine technologies, and the … Read more

Start Date

09/03

Meeting Day

Thursdays

End Date

12/10

Faculty

Barbara Ward

Time

6:30pm–9:30pm

Credits

3

This course introduces students to the vital role of costume design in the cinematic representation of history and fashion. Lessons will be exploratory and selective in their subjects and methodologies. Beginning with the ancient world, yet focusing on the period from the Renaissance to now, film clips, paintings and prints, … Read more

Start Date

09/08

Meeting Day

Tuesdays

End Date

12/15

Faculty

David Nolta, John DiStefano

Time

6:30pm–10pm

Credits

3

This course will explore the image of paradise represented in Islamic arts from the 8th through 18th centuries. We will study major Islamic palace and garden complexes, such as the Alhambra in Spain, the Taj Mahal in India, and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, as well as a wide range of … Read more

Start Date

09/09

Meeting Day

Wednesdays

End Date

12/16

Faculty

Elizabeth Gittings

Time

6:30pm–9:30pm

Credits

3

Representation of the human form in the ancient Greek world developed from linear geometric Cycladic figures of the 3rd millennium BCE, to the more naturalistic and eroticized images of the female nude in the Hellenistic period, which have influenced artists from the Renaissance to today. Through classroom discussions and examination of specific works housed in museums around … Read more

Start Date

09/10

Meeting Day

Thursdays

End Date

12/10

Faculty

Jaime Wilson

Time

6:30pm–9:30pm

Credits

3

Students explore the cultural and artistic responses to the major modern, social, and political revolutions between the end of the 18th and 20th centuries. The focus is on rarely covered artistic responses to political, social, and religious revolutions of the 20th century. Historical, political, philosophical currents and their impact on … Read more

Start Date

09/14

Meeting Day

None

End Date

12/16

Faculty

Anahit Ter-Stepanian

Time

Credits

3

In this course we trace the physical, physiological, and psychological investigations of experimental filmmakers over the last seventy years. Studying these three trajectories-matter, body, and mind-reveals “film” to be a complex interplay between what Paul Sharits described in 1969 as “celluloid, two-dimensional strips; individual rectangular frames; the nature of sprockets … Read more

Start Date

09/14

Meeting Day

None

End Date

10/30

Faculty

Adrian Kohn

Time

Credits

3

“Modernism” comprises images, objects, acts, performances, and so on that derive from an artist’s experimentation with the inherent properties of a given medium. Art after modernism (sometimes called “postmodern”) tends to expand upon the technical, material, and intellectual foundations of modernism while also investigating identity and personal narrative; political ambiguity … Read more

Start Date

10/05

Meeting Day

None

End Date

11/20

Faculty

Adrian Kohn

Time

Credits

3

In this class, we will analyze selected contemporary artworks around the city of Boston by testing out the claims about those pieces found in recent art-historical writing. Throughout the semester, students determine where these essays are most and least useful for thinking about their firsthand experience of contemporary art. Close … Read more

Start Date

10/26

Meeting Day

None

End Date

12/14

Faculty

Adrian Kohn

Time

Credits

3