All Summer 2020 continuing education classes will be run online. Basic requirements to take a class are an internet connection, computer and an internet linked camera. Most classes will be hosted through Zoom or MassArt Moonami. For specific course requirements contact the CE office ce@massart.edu or your instructor.

Liberal Arts courses are designed to provide context, insight, and fresh perspectives for students pursuing the arts. Topics include writing, literature and film criticism, study of social sciences, natural science and mathematics.

This course is a geologic and environmental treatment of the materials artists use. Students will investigate how materials are obtained from Earth, how they are mined and processed, what the sustainability impacts are, how much energy is involved, what human health and environmental impacts occur from using these materials, and … Read more

Start Date

05/23

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

06/19

Faculty

Jennifer Cole

Time

Online–Online

Credits

3

Eating and the Environment focuses on the impact that our daily food purchases and consumption make on the environment and our health.  In the class, we will examine major themes related to both industrialized and sustainable agriculture, including: soil resources and pollution; water and air pollution; pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers; … Read more

Start Date

05/23

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

06/19

Faculty

Jennifer Cole

Time

Online–Online

Credits

3

Through the study of some of the representative works from World Literature we will take a panoramic look at the development of Civilization from its earliest beginnings. Through creation myths, stories of epic battles, and stories of love, we will learn more about who we are as part of the … Read more

Start Date

06/01

Meeting Day

Mon and Wed

End Date

07/15

Faculty

Michael Hamburger

Time

10am–1pm

Credits

3

The course explores the art and composition of the graphic novel and examines its many sub-genres, from superhero tales to memoirs to manga. The textbook is Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics. Other texts include Watchmen, Contract With God, Sandman, Maus, and Persepolis. For the final project, students create and make preliminary sketches for an original graphic novel.

Start Date

06/01

Meeting Day

Mon and Wed

End Date

07/15

Faculty

Joshua Cohen

Time

2pm–5pm

Credits

3

How might advertising be Art? How is art ideology? This online seminar course will share journal assignments and respond to each other during one class time and meet as a class for discussion via video conference once each week through “Google Meet.” Students will use critical thinking strategies to study advertising and … Read more

Start Date

06/01

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

07/17

Faculty

Richard Murphy

Time

Credits

3

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What makes a children’s book a classic? We’ll find out as we read, analyze, and enjoy the best of the field–fantasies from Peter Pan to Harry Potter, realistic novels from Anne of Green Gables to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and stories falling somewhere in between, like The Secret Garden. Though our emphasis will be on … Read more

Start Date

06/02

Meeting Day

Tue and Thu

End Date

07/16

Faculty

Lin Haire-Sargeant

Time

1pm–4pm

Credits

3

This course focuses on the study of the stories a society cannot forget. These timeless stories have endured throughout the ages because of something within that is changeless and part of the human condition. From ancient texts to contemporary literary works, this course explores some of these major mythological themes … Read more

Start Date

06/08

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

07/24

Faculty

Elaine Mawhinney

Time

Online–Online

Credits

3

Exploring changing conceptions of the individual in modern society. Topics include gender, race, ethnicity, and ideas concerning society, culture, work, and leisure. Readings are selected from psychology, sociology, Buddhism, existentialism, linguistics, anthropology, and popular literature. While we focus on the experiences in and of the modern West (including the implications … Read more

Start Date

06/08

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

07/24

Faculty

Michael Pak

Time

Online–Online

Credits

3

This course treats the evolution of film music from silent movies until the present.  It introduces students to musical syntax, the aesthetics of film music, and the means by which composers synchronize music and script to convey mood and render action vivid. Working chronologically, the course explores the increasing importance … Read more

Start Date

06/08

Meeting Day

Mon-Thu

End Date

06/25

Faculty

Paul Bempéchat

Time

1pm–4:30pm

Credits

3

This writing course focuses on skills for thinking and writing about artwork. Writing helps to develop the ability to reflect on creative processes. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach—crossing boundaries and integrating insights from visual art, writing, library science and other disciplines— for research.  Students learn to tell the story that exists in … Read more

Start Date

06/08

Meeting Day

End Date

07/02

Faculty

Julie Cangrand

Time

Credits

3

This course is a hands-on, novel exploration of the integration of science, nature, and art. Through scientific methodology and art-making in the field, we will conduct research on ecological, behavioral, and morphological aspects of flora and fauna in their natural habitats. We will take an unconventional approach by creatively combining … Read more

Start Date

06/08

Meeting Day

Mon-Fri

End Date

06/19

Faculty

Saúl Nava

Time

9:45am–2pm

Credits

3

Despair and defiance are at the heart of many great works of art, literature, and philosophy. From the beginning of time, the human spirit has tended toward revolt, toward self-affirmation in the face of any attempt by outside forces to define or dominate it.  Human beings demand to be free, … Read more

Start Date

06/08

Meeting Day

End Date

07/24

Faculty

Karla Odenwald

Time

Credits

3

This course provides an introduction to natural variation of biological forms of plants and animals through art and direct observation. Through careful examination, illustration, microscopy, and some photography, we will examine anatomical, behavioral, and ecological similarities and differences between species. We will utilize various media but will focus on classical … Read more

Start Date

06/08

Meeting Day

End Date

06/26

Faculty

Saúl Nava

Time

Credits

3

The works of literature, visual art, music, and dance that we designate as Modernist often arrest us with startling form and innovative aesthetics.  Frequently in the early part of the 20th century, genres and mediums locate their experimental languages by looking to and borrowing from other arts. With attention to … Read more

Start Date

06/09

Meeting Day

Tuesday and Thursday

End Date

07/23

Faculty

Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta

Time

9am–12noon

Credits

3

This course explores aesthetics in nature and the evolutionary processes of sensory drive and natural and sexual selection. The course will critically examine both anthropocentric and ecological schemes on the aesthetic diversity of nature, focusing on the creative agency of non-human organisms and objective and subjective models of inquiry. The … Read more

Start Date

06/15

Meeting Day

End Date

07/03

Faculty

Saúl Nava

Time

Credits

3

This course focuses on the diverse traditions of supernatural and horror literature in different cultures. The course gives particular attention to the social, cultural and “spiritual” traditions of different nations as expressed through their “dark tales.” We will also think and write about the themes, forms, conventions, and styles that … Read more

Start Date

06/29

Meeting Day

End Date

08/14

Faculty

Karla Odenwald

Time

Credits

3

This course proposes to trace the mirroring of American history through the evolution of its authentic genre, the Broadway Musical.  Descended from its “rebel” English ancestors, the ballad (John Gay, the beggar’s Opera) 1728) and operetta (Gilbert and Sullivan in the 19th century), its composers cater to popular rather than … Read more

Start Date

07/08

Meeting Day

Mon-Fri

End Date

07/18

Faculty

Paul Bempéchat

Time

1pm–5pm

Credits

3

Have you ever noticed that when you look at the night sky and gaze at all those mesmerizing stars, you’re actually looking back in time? Did you know that Andromeda, the nearest galaxy to Milky Way, is 2.5 million light years away from us? This means that when you look … Read more

Start Date

07/13

Meeting Day

online

End Date

08/14

Faculty

Hossein Alizadeh

Time

Credits

3

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An introduction to various genres of folklore and the methods of studying them. Students learn about how folklore exists or existed as a dynamic part of everyday life -aesthetically, behaviorally, politically, socially, and more. We consider such diverse forms of expressions as Indonesian Cinderella tales, Italian American festivals, Irish supernatural … Read more

Start Date

07/13

Meeting Day

Online

End Date

08/21

Faculty

Timothy Correll

Time

Online–Online

Credits

3

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This course explores aesthetics in nature and the evolutionary processes of sensory drive and natural and sexual selection. The course will critically examine both anthropocentric and ecological schemes on the aesthetic diversity of nature, focusing on the creative agency of non-human organisms and objective and subjective models of inquiry. The … Read more

Start Date

07/13

Meeting Day

End Date

07/31

Faculty

Saúl Nava

Time

Credits

3

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What is placemaking? If you’ve ever worked on a community art project, thought about how to make your streets safer, or wondered about how cities can be improved by better design, you’ve been involved in placemaking. It is a process that has gone on since the beginning of human society … Read more

Start Date

07/27

Meeting Day

End Date

08/07

Faculty

Max Grinnell

Time

Credits

3

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