All of our classes allow you to learn directly from original art and architectural objects. Each class includes close looking, lecture, and discussion.
Saturday, January 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Art and Neuroscience at the MET: What happens when you look at a work of art? Artists have long been interested in controlling the way our eyes meander through their compositions, but only recently have we begun to understand what’s going on in our brains as this happens. Together, we will explore how we process visual information like color, luminosity and depth, and various levels of abstraction. We’ll also see how some artists intentionally tap into our subconscious fears, anxieties, and desires.
Friday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: David Hockney at the MET: David Hockney just turned 80, and the MET is honoring him with a retrospective that will make you smile again and again. The show examines Hockney as a realist painter, a gay man discovering his sexuality, a cubist playing with perspective, and a colorist experimenting with hues so brilliant they nearly emit Vitamin D. Ultimately, we will see how Hockney has much more depth than his shallow pools.
Friday, February 9, AND Friday, March, 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Thomas Cole and Travel at the MET: Thomas Cole was born in England in 1801, immigrated to the United States as a teenager, then returned to Europe throughout his career. Though he was greatly inspired by what he saw in England and Italy, he was most influential here in the United States, where he inspired a whole generation of painters known as the Hudson River School. The MET’s upcoming exhibition re-examines Cole as a transcontinental figure dealing with timely global issues. In particular, his fears about industrialization and unbridled development have become only more relevant.
Cost and Registration: Each class costs $50/person or $40/person if you are under 30. All prices include museum admission (when applicable).
To reserve a spot, please email: Lauren@laurenakaplan.com or click on the button above. Our classes also make excellent and inspiring gifts!
Read about works included in our classes on Artsy. Click here.