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BARD COLLEGE CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAM ANNOUNCES FALL 2001 COURSES Courses include figure drawing and sculpture, French art and artistic theory, literature, method acting, nonfiction writers workshop, opera and politics, photography, and web page desig

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) at Bard College will offer nine courses this fall. The courses begin on Wednesday, August 29, and continue through Friday, December 14. Arts and literature, figure drawing, figure sculpture, French art and artistic theory, method acting, nonfiction writers workshop, opera and politics, photography, and web page design will be explored in the weekly courses. Students may either enroll for credit or audit the courses. All courses are four credits. Applications for registration should be received by the CSP office by Wednesday,
August 29, accompanied by a $30 registration fee.

Robert Seder, an associate of the Institute of Writing and Thinking at Bard College and author of the memoir To the Marrow, will lead Writer's Workshop: Nonfiction. This course will offer a respectful but challenging place for writers to practice their craft and receive feedback from readers in the group. Students work on personal and analytical essays to develop and refine their prose voice and explore new ways of writing. From the intimidation of the blank page (How will I ever fill it?) to immersion in the draft (How will I write my way out?) to the satisfaction of polished copy (Is it time to move on?), no question of craft or content is too basic for discussion. Readings of published essays accompany the weekly writing assignments. The workshop meets on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m.

Justus Rosenberg, professor of languages and literature at Bard College, will teach Modernism and Post-Modernism in Literature and the Arts. This course considers seminal works of the 20th century through an in-depth analysis of authors and artists who rejected old habits of thought and sought better ways of conveying the truth of the world and the human condition. Significant texts by Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, Bergson, Thomas Mann, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Gertrude Stein, Brecht, Kafka, Joyce, Wedekind, and Beckett will be read and paintings by Munch, Marcel Duchamp, Picasso, Schwitter, Kandinsky, Leger, Pollack, and Kline will be studied. The course meets on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m.

Verdi, Opera, and Politics: The German Connection will be taught by Franz Kempf, professor of German at Bard College. Verdi's third favorite author, after Shakespeare and Victor Hugo, was the German dramatist Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805). The operas Giovanna d'Arco, Joan of Arc, I masnadieri, The Robbers, Luisa Miller, and Don Carlo are more or less loose adaptations of four of Schiller's historical dramas. Verdi and Schiller became immensely popular symbolic figures in their respective countries, especially for personifying the blend of liberalism and nationalism that leads to unification. The course will compare the libretti of the operas and the texts of the dramas against this political background, and examine some of the features of the dramas that may have drawn Verdi to Schiller: the high rhetoric, the seemingly disjointed Brechtian epic structure, the intertwining of idealism and realism, and the hauntingly tragic situations that arise when great powers-society, state, church, destiny-clash with private passions of the revolutionary individual. Although expert knowledge of opera is neither expected nor provided, the course will also explore issues related to the adaptation of one artistic medium, drama in words, to another, drama in music. The course meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m.

Web Page and New Media Design will be taught by Jeremiah Hall, webmaster at the Stevenson Library at Bard. This course covers 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 also emphasizes the utilization of the techniques and concepts to create graphic and interactive web pages in a studio environment. Students 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 design their own websites in addition to weekly assignments. Students who have taken the class previously (or have the equivalent experience) will be separated into level II, in which they will pursue a more advanced study of web page design, including but not limited to multimedia web presentations, Flash web design, and Java scripting. Each section will be limited to 10 students. The course will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m.

Workshop in Method Acting will be taught by Naomi Thornton, visiting professor of theater at Bard College. The workshop is designed to help students, beginning or advanced, feel comfortable in front of an audience and achieve spontaneity and freedom. Acting skills are taught with an emphasis on relaxation, concentration, and focus. Some group exercises and improvisations are undertaken, but individual attention is stressed. Dramatic materials include scenes, monologues, and poetry. The more advanced students will proceed to character work, text analysis, consideration of time and space, and the development of a classical role. The course will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m.

The course, French Art and Artistic Theory from the Renaissance to Impressionism and Modernism, will be taught by Anne Bertrand, assistant professor of art history at Bard. A survey of the arts (painting, sculpture and architecture) produced in France from the 16th century up to the beginning of the 20th century is complemented by an investigation of the artistic theories that emerged during this period. There will also be an examination of the emergence of the disciplines of art theory and professional art criticism. No background in art history is necessary for this course, which meets on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m.

Douglas Baz, adjunct professor of photography, will teach Introduction to Photography/Photo II. This course covers the basic techniques and aesthetics of photography. Students investigate the basic functions of the camera, how the camera sees the world, and how to translate that language into one's own vision. Black-and-white darkroom procedures and techniques are introduced. After basic technical issues have been covered through a series of shooting assignments, each student's specific interest within the medium is explored by pursuing an individual project. Classes are then spent viewing and discussing each student's work in progress. Recent and classic work from the history of photography is woven into the discussion of individual projects. Students who have already taken this course (or one at a similar level) and wish to continue their investigation of the medium meet separately for the first four to five weeks of the semester. Students may work in any format of their choosing-35mm, 2 1/4, or 4 x 5-and must provide their own manually adjustable camera. A $125 darkroom fee is charged in addition to tuition. The course meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m.

Figure Drawing, will be taught by Cheryl Wheat, adjunct professor of studio art. Fundamental ideas embodied in contemporary, modern, and old master drawings will be conveyed through lectures, slide presentations, and demonstrations,. Some of the topics covered are scale, proportions and geometry of the figure, gesture and contraposto, and uses of line and phrasing. A variety of drawing materials are employed, including chalk, graphite, pen and ink, wash, silverpoint, and mixed media, with an emphasis on charcoal. Students draw from the model during all sessions. The course meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Figure Sculpture in Relief and in the Round will also be taught by Cheryl Wheat. This course is for beginners and more advanced students. Figure sculpture is explored in such a way that students gain the knowledge and skills they need to work from the model. Through lectures and demonstrations students are introduced to clay modeling tools and techniques, proportion systems, useful anatomical concepts, planar structure, and the use of light and shadow to model form. Students will make rapid sketches as well as fully developed sculptures in relief and in the round. The course meets on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Tuition for courses is $330 per credit hour ($1,320 for the four-credit courses); or $397 per course for auditors (remember to include the $30 fee with all applications). For further information or to register, call the Continuing Studies Program at Bard College at 845-758-7508, e-mail, or visit their website at

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This event was last updated on 08-08-2001