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CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAM AT BARD COLLEGE ANNOUNCES SUMMER SCHEDULE Courses will explore art history, classical mythology, economics, figure drawing, German, immigration history, photographic portraiture, and web page design

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) at Bard College will offer eight courses this summer from Monday, June 4, through Saturday, July 7. Art history, classical mythology, economics, figure drawing, German, immigration history, photographic portraiture, and web page design will be explored in the weekly and biweekly courses. Students may enroll either for credit or as auditors. Applications should be received by the CSP office by Monday, June 4, accompanied by a $30 registration fee.

"Photographic Portrait/Self-Portrait: History and Practice" will be taught by Tanya Marcuse at her studio in Tivoli. Through assigned visual work and the study of the history and theory of the photographic portrait and self-portrait, this course will investigate all aspects of this mode of representation from traditional to more experimental methods. Slide discussions and assigned readings on historic and contemporary photography will illustrate the rich and complex history of the genre. Students will create individual portfolios of photographic portraits and/or self-portraits. All levels of photographers are welcome and no darkroom experience is necessary. This four-credit course will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Franz Kempf, professor of German at Bard College, will teach the two-credit "Learn German in Five Weeks," a complete course in understanding, speaking, and writing German. Even if you know no German, or if your German needs brushing up, this course will give you a thorough grounding in the basics. By the end of the term you will be able to communicate effectively and appreciate the culture of Germany. The course will meet Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

"Web Page and New Media Design," a four-credit course taught by Jeremiah Hall, web and technical services assistant at the Stevenson Library at Bard, will cover the methods and tools behind website development and design, as well as the artistic and creative theory behind web presentations. Students will not only develop the knowledge and skills needed to complete their own websites, but gain an understanding of the social and artistic impacts of the internet. The course will also emphasize the utilization of the techniques and concepts to create graphic and interactive web pages in a studio environment. Students will prepare artistic materials for online presentation, including images, music, and various writings; HTML design topics, including tables, frames, layers, GIF animations, sound, and video will be addressed. Students will design their own websites, in addition to weekly assignments. The course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The four-credit course "Classical Mythology," taught by James Romm, associate professor of classical studies at Bard, will introduce the major myths of ancient Greece and Rome to give students an easy familiarity with the myths in thematic contexts. The readings will be English translations of Greek and Roman literature, with additional texts from India and the Near East. The use of myth in the arts (literature, painting, and sculpture) and in cult will be explored. The course will also examine and practice deploying various theoretical approaches to myth, including psychoanalytic and structuralist methodologies. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

"Key Monuments of Western Art," a four-credit course taught by Anne Bertrand, assistant professor of art history at Bard, provides an introduction to the arts of the Western world from prehistoric to contemporary art. A variety of media, including painting, drawing, print, sculpture, architecture, installation, and multimedia will be covered. Each class meeting will focus on three major and a few related works of art that exemplify the artistic period in which they were created. Special attention will be paid to the political, social, historical, and religious contexts in which these artworks were produced, in an effort to understand more fully the role of art in society. The course will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

"Figure Drawing," a four-credit course, will be taught by Cheryl Wheat, adjunct professor of studio art. Wheat will convey, through lectures, slide presentations, and demonstrations, fundamental ideas embodied in contemporary, modern, and old master drawings. Some of the topics to be covered are scale, proportions and geometry of the figure, gesture and contraposto, and uses of line and phrasing. A variety of drawing materials will be employed, including chalk, graphite, pen and ink, wash, silverpoint, and mixed media, with an emphasis on charcoal. Students will draw from the model during all sessions. The course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

"Explore Your Heritage," a four-credit course taught by Christina Starobin, will focus on a discussion of Ellis Island and immigration. Students will start a family history on tape or in writing and detail how and when their family came to the United States and what this country was like at that time. Through guided writings, participants will explore their family heritages and come to a fuller understanding of their own backgrounds. The focus will be on individual research, to be shared with the class. Creative approaches will be encouraged. The class will include a field trip (at additional cost) to Ellis Island for a guided tour. The course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

In "Economic Dimensions of Public Issues in the United States," a two-credit course taught by Kris Feder, associate professor and director of the Economics Program at Bard, students will select three or four topics of general interest and work in teams to conduct and present research on each. Information will be drawn from media coverage, academic scholarship, U.S. government reports, and the publications of think tanks and advocacy groups on opposing sides of an issue. After a general review of each issue the class will focus on its economic dimensions using simple theoretical principles to illuminate the forces at work. No previous study of economics is presumed. The course will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

CSP course offerings for the fall include "Writers' Workshop: Nonfiction Prose," "Modernism and Post-Modernism in Literature and the Arts," "Verdi, Opera, and Politics: The German Connection," "Workshop in Method Acting," "French Art and Artistic Theory from the Renaissance to Impressionism and Modernism," "Introduction to Photography/Photo II," "Figure Drawing," and "Figure Sculpture in Relief and in the Round."

The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College was initiated in 1971 to meet the needs of adults in the region who have successfully completed some accredited college work and wish to earn a bachelor's degree. Fees for the summer courses are $1,256 for four credits; $628 for two credits; and $378 to audit a course. There is a $30 registration fee in addition to the tuition.

For further information or to register, call the CSP office at 845-758-7508.

Note that the College reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment.

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This event was last updated on 05-10-2001