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Emily Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College is offering five courses during a six-week period, from June 5 through July 10. The courses, taught by Bard professors, include visual art, art history, history, and psychology. They are worth four credits each and auditing is permitted.

Introduction to Modern Art is taught by Anne Bertrand, assistant professor of art history, on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The course will cover painting, sculpture, and architecture in Western Europe and the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present. Each art form's stylistic evolution will be explored, as well as the social, political, and cultural contexts in which it was created. Suitable for both majors and nonmajors, the course provides a foundation for further studies in the arts.

Intergroup Relations: Cultural, Political, and Interpersonal Perspective is taught by Tracie Stewart, assistant professor of psychology, on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The course will examine relations between various racial, ethnic, religious, and gender groups in the United States and other cultures from the point of view of psychological theory, method, and knowledge. It will explore how prejudice and discrimination among groups can lead ultimately to large-scale social conflicts such as revolution, extreme violence and hatred, war, and genocide. Strategies for promoting harmony and equality as well as dispute resolution will be considered. Special attention will be given to the relations between whites and African Americans in the United States and to the Nazi Holocaust.

The History of Medieval Europe (A.D. 410 to A.D. 1453) is taught by Luis Perez, assistant professor of history, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.. This survey of European and Mediterranean history will begin with an exploration of the events that led to the emergence of the Christian Church, its position of dominance, the fall of the last Western Roman Emperor, Romulus Augustus, and the subsequent six-hundred year retreat of Western Europe from the world stage until its reemergence circa 1095. The course will conclude with the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the dawning of the new cultural and political era of the Renaissance.

Long Pose Figure Drawing is taught by Cheryl Wheat on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This is an in-depth figure drawing course for both beginning and advanced students. It focuses on long drawings with an emphasis on anatomy and light and shade. Material presented will cover skeletal and muscular structure, and composition in terms of the organization of the pose in a spatial context. The techniques of chiaroscuro, halftones, highlights, reflected lights, and cast shadows will be examined in their full range. Special topics include drawing the head, hands, and drapery. Students will draw from the nude during all sessions.

Landscape Painting at Bard is taught by Edward Schmidt on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and, after a break for lunch, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. This course in plein-air landscape painting welcomes all students and artists, beginning through advanced. A variety of painting techniques in oil and acrylic will be demonstrated. Topics to be covered are: composition and choice of motif; color and light in nature; atmospheric perspective; the essential characteristics of sky, clouds, water, foliage, rocks, landforms; and architectural elements as they concern the landscape artist. Early sessions will be devoted to painted studies that are completed in a single session, while later sessions will focus on paintings developed over several sessions.

Preregistration is necessary for all courses. Fees for a four-credit course are $1,164; to audit a course costs $364. For further information about the Summer Continuing Studies Program at Bard College, call Karen Becker at 914-758-7508.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001