Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Art and Architecture

Fall 2013

  • Working in Watercolor

    Day: 6 Mondays
    Time: 10-noon
    Dates: 9/16-10/28 (no class on 10/14)
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL, OLLI Lounge
    Facilitator: Helena Zubrin
    Description: We will continue reviewing information about paints, brushes, watercolor paper and techniques used in laying down a wash and glazing as well as creating distance in a scene. We will paint in abstract form as well as realistically. Scenery and still life as well as florals will be done. Participants may bring in their own photos and ideas; be ready to paint in the first class. Students will be encouraged to visit various art museums and shows. We will discuss and look at art books. The last class will be for students to work on anything they wish.

  • Building Boston’s Back Bay, its glory years 1800s (Section 1)

    Day: 3 Wednesdays
    Time: 1:15-3 p.m.
    Dates: 9/18-10/2 (classroom meeting on 9/18, the last two sessions are field trips)
    Location: UMass Boston, Wheatley Bldg., 1st FL., Room 031
    Facilitator: Harvey B. Cohen
    Description: Boston in the 19th century was very different from the town it was in the 18th century. Boston went from a leading merchant town to a city whose leaders built the textile industry in New England. The Back Bay was a planned community to keep them and their wealth in Boston. The wealth came from not only from the textile mills, but the supporting banking, insurance, and railroad industries. The course will describe how the Back Bay was built and some of the key design elements and look at some of the significant public buildings. The Back Bay had some influential people. We will view their homes and talk about their legacies. We will start with a classroom session followed by two days walking parts of the Back Bay. Limited to 20 people.

  • Building Boston’s Back Bay, its glory years 1800s (Section 2)

    Day: 3 Fridays
    Time: 1:15-3 p.m.
    Dates: 10/11-10/25 (classroom meeting on 10/11, the last two sessions are field trips)
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 204A
    Facilitator: Harvey B. Cohen
    Description: Boston in the 19th century was very different from the town it was in the 18th century. Boston went from a leading merchant town to a city whose leaders built the textile industry in New England. The Back Bay was a planned community to keep them and their wealth in Boston. The wealth came from not only from the textile mills, but the supporting banking, insurance, and railroad industries. The course will describe how the Back Bay was built and some of the key design elements and look at some of the significant public buildings. The Back Bay had some influential people. We will view their homes and talk about their legacies. We will start with a classroom session followed by two days walking parts of the Back Bay. Limited to 20 people.

  • Passion, Sensuality and Wisdom in Art and Life, 18th to the 20th Century

    Day: 6 Thursdays
    Time: 1:15-2:45 p.m.
    Dates: 10/17-11/21
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 204A
    Facilitator: Camille Weiss
    Description: Art and life in European history from the 18th to the 20th century inspired themes of passion in revolutionary ideals, nation building, the rise of middle class values, sensuality and wisdom, defined in many ways. We shall examine these themes in art and life and how they both reflect and augment the human condition. We shall look at and discuss readings about Neoclassical art, Romanticism, nation-building, the rise of the Middle Class, and angst and violence in modernity.