Classes

Abbreviated Summer 2018 Session

The Greatest Orchestral Works

Tuesdays, May 29 – June 26
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This course identifies and celebrates some of the greatest orchestral works in the concert repertoire. Each picture presents learners with a historical and biographical context for each work via a guided tour of the work itself. The course is designed to serve learners a series of expanded program notes that explore a broad range of orchestral music composed over the last 300 years. From the baroque era, the classical era, the romantic era and the 20th century the works featured in the course include some of the most well-known, best-loved, and most frequently performed pieces in the standard repertoire in the forms of symphonies, concertos, symphonic poems and suites. By the end of the course students will be able to understand why each featured piece is considered “great”; how each piece reflected the spirit and nature of its composer; and to what extent contemporary historical circumstances affected the composition. Please note that although the title of this class is a repeat, the content is brand new.

Instructor: Rita Paolino is a native Italian who has been working as an instructor of International Studies and Italian language at VCU since January 2014. She holds two masters degrees: one in international relations from Ohio University and one in music from the music conservatory of Campobasso, Italy.

Close Examination: Five Encounters with the Visual Arts

Wednesdays, May 30 – June 27
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Each week we will visit an outstanding and major manifestation of the visual arts in Richmond. These programs will include museum visits, touring a corporate art collection and examining public artworks (often joined by leading curators and experts). The final class session includes a special visit to the university’s recently-opened Institute for Contemporary Art.

Instructor: Instructor: Edwin J. Slipek Jr. is an architectural historian, editor at Style Weekly and VCU adjunct faculty member.

Art and Fashion

Thursdays, May 31 – June 28
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

While most of us are not artists, we do utilize a creative outlet everyday – fashion. The association of art and fashion historically reflects the mutual respect of artists and designers. Artists like John Singer Sargent, Velazquez and Ingres have established their reputation on their ability to convey the “feel” of textiles in their art while more recently designers and artists have shared artistic philosophies in how they approach their subject matter. In turn, designers like Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent transform an artists’ vision into wearable art. This class will explore the interplay between the two disciplines from the Victorian Era through the early 2000s.

Week 1: House of Worth and Paul Poiret / John Singer Sargent and Erte / Art Nouveau
Week 2: Schiaparelli / Man Ray and Salvador Dali / Surrealism and Dada
Week 3: Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Givenchy / Frank Stella, Piet Mondrian,
Josef Albers / Minimalism
Week 4: Pierre Cardin and Rudi Gernreich / Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Bridget Riley/
Op Art and Pop Art
Week 5: Steve McQueen and Hussein Chalayan /Joseph Kosuth and Marina Abramovic /
Conceptual Art

Instructor: Jackie Mullins, a VCUarts alum and former Collections Manager / Registrar, currently teaches the history of couture fashion in the VCUarts Fashion department and is a member of the Costume Society of America. She is also the Global Education Liaison for VCUarts and advisor for the Department of Art History and Fashion.