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Films Featuring Art

by Judy Granger

Josie McCausland cares most about teaching courses which truly interest josiepeople and making the subject matter come alive for them. Curiosity is her mantra: when a topic grabs her attention, she immediately researches it and, then, creatively and swiftly, devises how she could turn it into a course for OLLI.
Last summer, Josie taught an OLLI course entitled Land of Enchantment, which focused on the rich history and multi-ethnic heritage of New Mexico, especially through Southwestern Art. When it was time for the class to end, her students did not want the course to be over. As a surprise, Josie gave her eager students a parting gift, an invitation to review her next OLLI course to be taught this Fall.
In the new class, Films about Art, Josie will offer a closer look at western twentieth century modern and contemporary art, primarily through eye-opening art films and documentaries, followed by what will surely be electrifying class discussions.
By sharpening our observation skills, she will encourage a respect for the beauty and the artistry of the non-conforming 20th century modern and contemporary periods of art. Students will connect to art through viewing the films selected by Josie. She hopes this new course will enhance appreciation for visually stunning works of art and elevate future life experiences of her students.
Through learning the principles of design and hearing the designer’s point of view, the class will focus on new interpretations of exhibitions as the
twentieth century’s kaleidoscopic transformation gives way to an unprecedented era of Expressionism. We often shared our feelings about a new exhibit in a local art museum or gallery with an exclamation of “That’s Really HOT!” This course is “really hot!” Having fun are Josie’s operative words for the picturesque events she has planned for OLLI art aficionados. Be sure to sign up early as this class will be popular!


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Building HS&D, Rooms 100 & 101
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5609
Phone: 562-985-8237 Fax: 562-985-8213
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