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Adult Education Series

Courses are offered in art, music, history, and current events; all courses are taught by subject specialists. In order to ensure the highest quality presenters, the Library may collect a fee for each course, though some lecture series will be free.

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Upcoming Courses

Portrait Drawing with Peggy Dressel

Fridays, October 8, 15, 22 & 29 – 11 am to 12:30 pm

Learn how to draw a person’s face both frontal and profile in this class. Dimensions of the head and how to determine where to place and draw the facial features will be covered. You will learn how lighting defines the facial bone structure so that you can enhance your portrait with shading and tone. This is a four-part course and you must be able to attend all sessions.

The course is limited to 15 participants. You may sign up online or call the library at 973-635-0603 to register.

There is a fee of $40 for this course. To pay for the classes online, click here. You can also pay in person via cash, check, or credit card.
If you would like to attend but are unable to pay, please send an email to events@chathamlibrary.org and we will waive the fee.

BRING TO FIRST CLASS:

  •           Fine Art Pencil Set or buy at least a few different soft pencils
  •           Suggestions:  HB, 2B, 4B 6B, 8B
  •           Paper – drawing, white, at least 11 x 14” pad or larger
  •           Erasers – kneaded, Staedtler Mars (plastic)

Michelangelo and Bernini: The Design and Decoration of the New St. Peter’s Basilica

Part I: Tuesday, October 19 – 1 to 2:30 pm

Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art History Department at Drew University, will present the first of two lectures on St. Peter’s Basilica.  She will discuss the inter-relationship of the design and decoration of the new St. Peter’s from its inception under Pope Julius II through its completion under Pope Paul V.  In this lecture, we will discover why the design was modified and built as a basilica plan rather than the centralized plan designed by Michelangelo and dictated by Pope Paul III Farnese.  We will also learn how the design change at the beginning of the 17th century impacted the construction process.

You may sign up online or call the library at 973-635-0603 to register for Part 1.

Part II: Tuesday, October 26 – 1 to 2:30 pm

Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art History Department at Drew University, will present her second lecture of a series on the decoration of St. Peter’s Basilica.  Now at the final completion of construction, we will look at the first decorations for the interior and how they reflected the artistic goals of Pope Urban VII Barberini.
In addition, we will discover the role Gian Lorenzo Bernini played as lead architect and artistic director of the interior decorations, the tangible manifestation of Pope Urban’s legacy.

You may sign up online or call the library at 973-635-0603 to register for Part 2.

There is a fee of $10 for each lecture. To pay for the classes online, click here. You can also pay in person via cash, check, or credit card.
If you would like to attend but are unable to pay, please send an email to events@chathamlibrary.org and we will waive the fee.


Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELED – Refunds will be issued to registrants. Please contact the library at 973-635-0603 with any questions.

Professor Kimberly Rhodes of Drew University will present a five-part course studying the major figures associated with Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting, two internationally significant postwar American art movements that challenged audiences with dazzling new approaches to painting and solidified New York City’s position as the center of the art world. Each session will be devoted to an individual artist in order to explore, in depth, their creative, professional, and personal lives. We will also look at the milieu in which these artists were working to understand the influence of New York City itself on the artists and their paintings.

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