Florida Tech and Brevard Art Museum Offer Foundations of Modern Art Course

MELBOURNE, FLA.—A Foundations of Modern Art course will be jointly offered to the community by Florida Institute of Technology and the Brevard Art Museum this spring semester, starting Jan. 12. The 15-week class includes three consecutive emphases: Modernism in the late 19thand 20thcenturies (Romanticism to Expressionism), Jan. 12-Feb. 12; Cubism and its Derivatives, Feb. 18-March 19; and From Dada to Pop Art, March 25-April 23.

A humanities course, it includes an upper-division lecture at Florida Tech once a week, from 5 to 6:15 p.m., on Tuesdays and on Thursdays for January and on Thursdays only for remaining lectures; and a weekly studio session with noted artists on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brevard Art Museum’s Renee Foosaner Education Center.

“Foundations” surveys modern art in history, theory and practice from its roots in Romanticism into the 1960s. The weekly lecture explores the origins, ideas and styles of the more significant movements in modern art, with a focus on painting and two-dimensional art. Students then join together theoretical and practical knowledge by creating artworks in the styles they have studied.

The Florida Tech lecturer is Lars Jones, assistant professor of humanities and communication. He will offer talks on the history and theory of modern art. No prior art experience is necessary to participate in this course. Jones earned his doctoral degree in art history and humanities from Harvard University.

“Our objective is to challenge our students to go beyond looking at modern art into creating modern art, grappling with the challenges and issues surrounding each style to come to a better understanding,” said Jones. “It is a really fun class to take.”

The Brevard Art Museum school is currently recruiting its studio/artists instructors. Last spring, studio artists/instructors included Frits van Eeden, Nancy Dillen, Derek Gores, Jini James and Nancy Seib. New instructors will be announced soon.

Those interested in receiving college credit can register through Florida Tech. Call the university registrar at (321) 674-8115 or contact the Office of Humanities and Communication at (321) 674-8082.

For community members wishing to attend lecture and participate in the studio session but who do not wish to take the 15-week course for credit, three options are available. First, register for the whole course through the museum school for a fee of $500 for museum members or $600 for non-members. Second, those not wishing to attend the semester course can attend any of the three shorter five-week units for a fee of $190 each for museum members and $225 each for non-members. Unit 1: Modernism in the late 19th& early 20thcenturies, January 13-February 13; Unit 2: Cubism and its Derivatives, February 19-March 20; and Unit 3: From Dada to Pop Art March 26-April 19. Alternatively, community members can attend one individual week’s lecture and studio session for a fee of $50 for museum members and $60 for non-members.

To register for one of these non-credit options, contact the Brevard Art Museum at (321) 254-7782, or send e-mail to Bobbie McMillan, Museum School director, at bobbie@brevardartmuseum.org.

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