Family & Adult Classes

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  • Art History Crash Course for Families, grades 9 – 12 and recent grads and adults [NEW]

    Course: #738 Section 63  
    Days: Wednesday Nights
    Time: 7:00 pm-10:00pm
    Dates: June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
    Fee: $500
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Jesse Robinson, Crossroads Faculty
    This ‘crash course’ in Art History will cover topics including ancient Greek sculpture, the Italian Renaissance, and Contemporary American art.  Designed with both students and adults in mind, we will cover some of the large themes in art through a series of slide lectures, guided break-out discussions, and PDFs with images, supplemental readings, and online resources.  Participants of all ages will come away from the class with a greater insight into some of the driving questions in art history and some tools for understanding Modern and Contemporary art.  While we can’t travel far physically these days, we can certainly take an aesthetic journey through the ages and engage in stimulating conversation along the way.
  • Family Movie Night – “Classic Hollywood” [NEW]

    Course: #812 Section 79 
    Days: Thursday Nights
    Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
    Dates: June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2
    Fee: $150
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
    Put an end to those hours of scrolling for a family movie to watch! Family Movie Night hosts four Classic Hollywood movies with online discussion after led by Crossroads Filmmaking Faculty. Watch great Hollywood movies and connect with other film loving families. Enjoy the show! 
    Some Like it Hot, dir. Billy Wilder, 1959. 2hr 12 min. 
    Rear Window, dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1954. 1hr 55 min.
    An American in Paris, dir. Vincente Minnelli, 1951. 1hr 55min.
    The Lady Eve, dir. Preston Sturges, 1941. 1hr 37min.
    Live stream via Zoom screen share will be available to watch the movies. Discussion held via Zoom.
  • How to Read A Film, Tom Kemper's Greatest Hits, grades 9-12, recent grads, alumni and parents [NEW]

    Course: #716 Section 03
    Days: Sundays
    Time: 3:00pm-5:30pm
    Dates: June 14, 28, July 5, 12, 19 (no class on June 21)
    Fee: $400
    Type: Enrichment
    Instructor: Tom Kemper, Crossroads Faculty

    An overview of film interpretation, this one-week course will survey the many different practices of filmmaking and how to recognize and understand them. It will examine film’s close relation to other arts from painting to photography to the comic book, exploring film from many different perspectives. Students will learn the principles of classical Hollywood style and its endurance into the modern era. From there, the course will examine the ways filmmakers employed aspects of the medium to create narratives. These classical narrative values will serve as a contrast to explorations of alternative cinemas, from foreign films and art cinema, modernist and avant-garde strategies, documentary form, animation, and independent filmmaking. In all of these cases, students will learn what elements stand out as necessary to film’s meaning and how to discern a film’s important and unique components as an art and a form of communication. The class will expose the complexities of film that often go forgotten or overlooked. Film clips and visual aids (painting, photography, theater, and comic books) will enhance the lectures and discussions.  The goal is to develop or enhance students in their film experience by giving them the tools and practices of engaged watching.  Dr. Tom Kemper has taught at UCLA’s film school and currently teaches at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and Crossroads School. He is the author of Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents (2010) and Toy Story: A Critical Reading (2015) in the prestigious BFI Film Classics series. 
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