Creativity and the Humanities

Enrich your life by nurturing a hidden talent! These classes give you time to rekindle long-suppressed artistic impulses, add something new and different to your routine and generally refire that part of your mind often dubbed the "right brain."

There are many people who truly appreciate art, but at the same time feel intimidated, confused, or inarticulate when talking about it with others. This class is designed for those who have ever found themselves saying things like:

Thursday
Jun 25 - Jun 25
6:00-9:00 p.m.
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This class will build upon the foundation established in How to Talk About Art, or previous art or art history courses, and develop it further. During this engaging and entertaining evening students will discuss, critique, debate, and engage with other critically-thinking art lovers. The instructor will guide students in establishing their own scaffolding for developing and articulating individual and personal reactions to artworks.

Thursday
Jul 9 - Jul 9
6:00-9:00 p.m.
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Can a particular form or set of stimuli always or reliably bring about a particular result? While there is still divided opinion as to how far an understanding of neurological functions can go in explaining how art “works” on the viewer or reader, scientists and artists alike have turned to neuroaesthetics to explain the aesthetic experience through a science of the mind.

Online - Asynchronous
Aug 24 - Dec 11
Online - Asynchronous
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In this course, students critically examine the cultural meanings of representations of the body in art and visual culture. Organized in roughly chronological order, the course comprises a series of case studies in the history of representation of the body in art, science, and popular culture. Some of the topics that may be addressed are: the classical nude found in Greek sculpture, female saints, mystical visions of the body, photographic pornography and fetish fashion designs, aesthetic dismemberment of the body in modern and contemporary art, the transgendered body, and cyber bodies.

Online - Asynchronous
Jun 1 - Aug 7
Online - Asynchronous
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This course concerns itself with the great variety and the interdependence of species that live on this planet. Students discuss just how species evolve and grow and how they die and become extinct. Change over time in living organisms is a major theme of this course. Class sessions are primarily lecture-based with some discussion. Assignments include examinations and short essays. In addition, a biodiversity field trip gives students practical experience in observing the living and the interactive cycle of one species. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Online - Asynchronous
Aug 24 - Dec 11
Online - Asynchronous
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