Exploring is the exciting part of visual art. The focus is on increasing awareness of and appreciation for painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, art movements and technique. Visual art is a broad subject that asks questions such as these: What is art? What does visual art say about our world past and present? Is it a form of visual history or fiction? Is it, or when is it, a message delivery mechanism? The coordinators will present the first few subjects of the established curriculum, while also welcoming suggestions based on participants’ interests. Presenters develop talking points on their subjects and choose a mix of video, still images, etc. As needed, the coordinators assist in content preparation.
The study group involves no prerequisites and no assigned reading beyond what a presenter may suggest. Recent or upcoming topics include: Giorgio De Chirico; Photographer Brassai; Time (as a subject in art); Tattoo Art; Gaudi; Presidential Portraits (National Gallery); and Rembrandt. A local field trip to a museum or gallery is possible when agreed upon by the study group. Personal transportation or car-pools are arranged by the study group.