Spring and Summer 2014 Adult Continuing Education Courses
The Center for Continuing Education at Sarah Lawrence College offers several academic credit courses throughout the year designed specifically for adult learners. These courses are taught by outstanding Sarah Lawrence faculty members, and members of the community can take them for credit or audit them.
Summer 2014 Courses
To enroll in any of these summer seminars, please contact email@example.com or call 914-395-2205. Enrollment is limited and available on a space-available basis.
How to Read (and Write about) Poems
Instructor: Neil Arditi
Monday and Wednesday, 10-12:40
June 2-July 16, 2014
Poetry is the art of compression and, word for word, poems demand more of their readers than any other literary art form. The art of reading (and writing about) poetry is, therefore, literary interpretation at its most quintessential and preeminent. It requires, at once, the closest attention to textual detail, and the greatest imaginative scope. By working our way through some of the most original poems written in English over the last two centuries, we will practice together the art of reading, discussing, and writing about, poetry. Our primary text will be Harold Bloom’s anthology, The Best Poems of the English Language, but we will also make use of selections of contemporary work, to round out our sense of the possibilities of lyric art, both past and present.
Watercolor: Capturing Color and Light
Instructor: John O’Connor
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-5:00
June 3- July 17, 2014
Watercolor is an exciting, versatile medium that embraces the light and color of our visual world. This course is an introduction to watercolor painting and is suitable for all levels of experience. We will focus on the basic tools and techniques of watercolor painting, in addition to other water-based mediums, including ink and gouache. Over the course of the summer, students will learn how to paint myriad subjects, including landscape, portraiture, still life, and abstraction. We will also learn about the history of watercolor and ink painting, through slide lectures and presentations, from its origins in Eastern art, through its newfound exploration in Western contemporary art. Ultimately, watercolor painting encourages creative, personal exploration. This course will allow students to express themselves in color and light.
Neil Arditi (BA, Yale University, PhD from the University of Virginia) holds the Esther Raushenbush Chair in the Humanities, and is a member of the Literature Faculty Group at Sarah Lawrence College, where he has taught since 2001. His courses focus on the history of poetry written in English from the Romantic period to the present, with a particular interest in the art of reading and the genesis of modernism. His essays on Romantic and modern poetry have appeared in a variety of publications, including Raritan, Parnassus, Keats-Shelley Journal, Philosophy and Literature, and Jewish-American Dramatists and Poets.
John J. O'Connor (MFA, MS, Pratt Institute) attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in painting and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. He teaches drawing and painting at Sarah Lawrence College and Princeton University. In 2011, he had a solo exhibition at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, and has also had solo exhibitions at Martin Asbaek Projects, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Fleisher Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Weatherspoon Museum, Southern Methodist University, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. He currently has a studio at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation.
If you are interested in enrolling for summer, please contact CCE at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-395-2205.