Fall for the Arts 2014


        

Fall for the Arts brings neighbors, students, faculty, and friends together through art. The day features an afternoon of dynamic, hands-on courses and workshops including Drawing in the Italian Renaissance, a playwriting class, and a discussion about the secret life of museums, to name just a few. Classes that are suitable for children are so noted in the descriptions below. Surprise performances will pop up when you least expect them.

The day concludes with an evening reception in the Katzen Arts Center and a live art auction featuring works from the H. Marc Moyens Collection. A silent auction will run throughout the event. The event is open to the public.

Please join neighbors, patrons of the arts, parents of AU students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Tickets cost $25 for the general population and $10 for AU students and children under 18.

Please contact Andrew Dean at 202-885-6607 or by email at adean@american.edu with any questions.

Please Note: Some courses have a limit of how many individuals can participate. Once the maximum capacity is reached, the course will no longer be available on the registration page. 



Date and Location

Date: 9/20/2014
Time: 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Katzen Arts Center
American University

Contact Information

Andrew Dean
Development Assistant, CAS
202-885-6607
adean@american.edu


Saturday, September 20, 2014
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Class Session 1

Saturday, September 20, 2014
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Act Like an Artist: The Science Behind Creative Aging
Anne L'Ecuyer: Delve into the world connection between arts participation and cognitive function, mobility, and mood as we age. (Adults only.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Behind the White Cube: The Secret Life of Museums
Juliet Bellow & Ximena Varela: Learn about the inner workings of a museum exhibition in this interactve workshop.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Dance with AU/DC
Melanie George and Helanius Wilkins: Join an interactive open rehearsal with the dancers of the American University Dance Company (AU/DC). 

Saturday, September 20, 2014
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Fundamentals of Color
Danielle Mysliwiec & Tim Dowd: Explore the fundamental attributes of color, color mixing techniques, and color perception and illusion. (Ages 16 and up.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
No Fear Shakespeare
Caleen Jennings: Shakespeare's works are made fun and easy! (Ages 8 and up.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
The Neurocognitive Basis of Music
Fernando Benadon & Nancy Jo Snider: Explore the mental mechanisms by which music is created, listened to, and ultimately enjoyed.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Class Session 2

Saturday, September 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Acting Methods for Public Speaking
Cara Gabriel: A sampling of some basic acting techniques and methods that apply to public speaking, presentations, or teaching. (Ages 14 and up.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Art in the Garden: Landscape Photography
Take a stroll through American University's Arboretum and Gardens with landscape architect and arboretum founding member H. Paul Davis and discover the art of the garden. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Big Kids @ Katzen
Shelley Brodeki & Susan Cole: Use your imagination, and learn about art with Big Kids @ the Katzen! (Ages 14 and up.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Cooking with the Orchestra
Yaniv Dinur: In an orchestra, the conductor and musicians are tasked with transforming the recipe (or score) into a delicious masterpiece. Learn how they put it all together to create a life-changing musical experience. (Ages 6 and up.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Drawing in the Italian Renaissance
Joanne Allen: A hands-on introduction to the methods and materials of Italian Renaissance drawing.(Ages 12 and up.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Scenes from Childhood: an Introduction to Schumann's Great Work 
Ann Kang: An interactive course that helps participants connect to Schumann's Scenes from Childhood through movement. (Ages 4 and up.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Storyteller: Reflections on Art, Creativity, and Teaching
Don Kimes: A series of sometimes serious, sometimes humorous analogies, vignettes, and anecdotes based on 40 years as an artist who also teaches.  

Saturday, September 20, 2014
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Class Session 3

Saturday, September 20, 2014
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
A Cabinet of Curiosities
Ximena Varela: A brief introduction to formats, uses, and contents of the Cabinet of Curiosities that emerged in the sixteenth century to demonstrate the owner's power, cosmopolitanism, and interests. (Ages 6 and up.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Behind the Scenes of the Auction
AU Museum Curator Jack Rasmussen: A behind-the-scenes examination and discussion of the art featured in the 2014 Fall for the Arts live auction.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Fix it in the Mix
William Brent, Paul Oehlers, Michael Harvey & Ana Cetina: An interactive recording and editing session featuring a live blues band in the Kreeger Studio.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Unlocking your Inner Playwright
Carl Menninger: Engage in a series of exercises and activities designed to help you discover and express a character's point of view. (Ages 14 and up.)

Saturday, September 20, 2014
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Writing the 4-Chord Song
Matthew Heap: Many of the most popular songs of the last 50 years use the same four chords over and over, yet they all sound different. Come learn how! (Ages 12 and up.)