Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer Pablo Picasso remains the most influential artist of the twentieth century, and is regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time. The creator (with Georges Braque) of Cubism, Picasso continues to be a figure hotly debated–but always admired. In this course, we’ll examine the tumultuous life and works of the inseparable man and artist, who was–by far–the most prolific artistic genius in history. (To date, 34,073 artworks by Picasso have been catalogued.) We’ll also be looking at the many myths that surround this rather enigmatic figure–and do our best to separate the facts from the fictions!
Class 1 – Picasso: The Early Years
In this session, we will look at Picasso training to be a classicist, his impeccable draftsmanship, and the evolution of his absorbing mind and vision. We’ll discuss his Paris experience and exposure to changing values and new visions, and look at Picasso as part of the avant-garde group. Our analyses will include the Blue Period and Rose Period.
Tues, 9/15, 10am – 11am
Class 2 – Picasso and Braque: Cubism
This session will reveal how the Braque-Picasso collaboration cemented the legacy of Paul Cézanne—and why. We’ll examine how the duo developed a new way of looking at the world, through Analytical and then Synthetic Cubism. We’ll see the development of whole new forms, and the solidification and recognition of an entirely unique approach to art.
Tues, 9/22, 10am – 11am
Class 3 – Picasso: A Growing Legend Surrounded in Myth
This session will focus on Picasso’s activities between the Wars. We’ll see the continued and ongoing evolution adaptability of a genius who is always (and simultaneously never) “Picasso”. We will also look at the profound influence of Picasso on his contemporaries, and the factors in his life contributing to his legend.
Tues, 9/29, 10am – 11am
Class 4 – Picasso: Ever Changing – Always Enduring
In this session we’ll explore Picasso’s venture into different media and genres. Theatrical scenery, costume design, sculpture and ceramics all provided him with opportunities to apply and advance his creative vision. We’ll also examine why he had become the artist to whom all others aspire—and start to separate some of the facts from the fictions surrounding his life.
Tues, 10/6, 10am – 11am
Class 5 – Picasso: The Legacy
This session will focus on the artist’s final years and the Picasso Legacy. We will examine why Picasso’s influence was profound and far-reaching through all of its many phases. We’ll look for answers to such questions as: Why does he remain the most revolutionary artist of the 20th century? Why does the public’s fascination with his life story continue to fuel interest in his work? What might his impact be moving forward? Such topics will wrap up this series.
Tues, 10/13, 10am – 11am
Attendance/Absence/Tardiness Policy: If you are registered for the class, please make every effort to be on time and participate.
Electronic Device Policy: Students are asked to turn ringer tones on their cell phones off during class—and to take any essential calls on their cell phones outside of the virtual classroom.
Meet your Instructor: Jill Kiefer