Arts & Education: Sundays at JASA

Arts and Education: Sundays at JASA

Sundays at JASA is a one of a kind, college-level continuing education program for adults 50+. Each semester offers a wide range of courses and lectures. Our instructors include luminaries from the worlds of politics, the arts, media, and more.

Join us for the JASA's 2022 Winter Semester from February 27 - April 6, 2022 -  with courses held on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Class descriptions are listed below with times. The registration fee of $120 includes all of the classes listed below. Courses are held on Zoom. Dial-in audio-only options are available for most courses. 

For more information contact Sundays@jasa.org or 212.273.5304

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Course Catalogue 

SUNDAYS

         10:00am – 11:45am The Opera Companion: Touching Upon Romantic Era Operas and More 

         12:00pm – 1:00pm The Drawing Workshop

         12:00pm – 1:30pm Get A Clue! Crossword Construction

         1:15pm - 2:15pm Art In The City

         2:30pm - 4:00pm Masterpieces of Art: What Makes It Great? Landmarks in the Arts

MONDAYS

         9:00am – 10:15am What Just Happened? The News Today

        10:30am-11:30am Landmark Supreme Court Decisions  

         11:45am-1:15pm Cinema Lecture Series

         1:30pm-2:30pm U.S. History: The American Presidency

         2:45pm-4:15 Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar  

         4:30pm-5:30pm Creative Writing

WEDNESDAYS

         9:00am – 10:00am Jewish History 

         10:15am – 11:30am Drama In the Modern World: The Actor and The Text

         11:45am – 1:00pm Postmodern American Poetry, Part I

         1:15pm – 2:30pm New York Short Stories

         3:00pm – 5:00pm The Life and Music of George Gershwin


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Full Course Descriptions and Details

SUNDAYS
 

The Opera Companion: Touching Upon Romantic Era Operas and More
10am-11:45am  Instructor Jane Marsh

Join international renowned opera singer, Jane Marsh, for an in-depth tour of opera productions for the spring of 2022. This semester’s opera course will include a stylistic opera diversity, including the Baroque Era, the Bel Canto and Romantic Eras, and the Verismo and the Impressionistic Eras, all of which open up Ms. Marsh’s commentary on the vocal equipment and technical production needed for these operas. Drawing from literary drama, novels, plays, and political history, the classes will be entertaining fun, all presented through a plethora of apropos YouTube clips. Musical training is not necessary for these classes.

Jane Marsh was the first singer to win the Gold Medal in Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition. Among Verdi, Strauss and Bel Canto, her repertoire includes the signature Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov heroines. She has appeared as performer and M.C. in international and U.S. radio and television venues and since 2007, has presented Metropolitan Opera Guild lectures and master classes on Bel Canto, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Mozart, Strauss, and the Russian repertoire. She was awarded the New York Handel Medaille for exceptional contribution to the world of music


The Drawing Workshop
12pm-1pm  Instructor: Pamela Koehler

Explore your creativity in this hands on exploration inside the art of drawing and watercolor painting. We will explore a variety of skills and techniques, including color mixing, composition, brushwork, and observational sketching. Drawing and painting in watercolor can increase our observation and imagination, as we notice and appreciate more of the world around us. Beginning and experienced artists are welcome and students are free to work in either drawing or watercolor throughout the semester.

**A suggested materials list with inexpensive options will be provided.

Pamela Koehler is an adjunct professor of art and art history at Adelphi University. As a teaching artist she has presented lectures, talks, and workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Morgan Library, the Whitney, and the Dahesh Museum.


Get A Clue! Crossword Construction
12pm-1:30pm  Instructor: Natan Last and Finn Vigeland

Learn the principles of crossword puzzle construction: basic history, finding a theme, making a usable grid, and creating the fill. A group puzzle will be submitted to the  New York Times.  Nineteen puzzles have been featured in the Times  thus far! Will Shortz has hailed this class as “one of a kind.” This class is capped at 25.

Natan Last published his first crossword puzzle in the  New York Times  when he was 16, then the youngest constructor to appear in the  Times. Last wrote a book of crosswords, Titled Word. He has a B.A. with honors in Economics and Literary Arts from Brown University.

Finn Vigeland is a transportation planner and crossword constructor based in Washington, DC. His puzzles have appeared in the  New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Buzzfeed, and a variety of indie outlets. In 2020, he co-organized the world’s first online-only crossword tournament, Crossword Tournament From Your Couch. He previously taught the JASA crossword construction class from 2015-2017


Art In The City
1:15pm-2:15pm  Instructor: Pamela Koehler

In this course we will explore the nature of visual expression and the ways in which artists transform ideas into works that communicate across time and culture. Through lively discussion and careful observation, we will engage with works of art from museums and collections around the world, and explore new ways to connect to them virtually.

Pamela Koehler is an adjunct professor of art and art history at Adelphi University. As a teaching artist she has presented lectures, talks, and workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Morgan Library, the Whitney, and the Dahesh Museum.


Masterpieces of Art: What Makes It Great? Landmarks in the Arts
2:30pm-4pm Instructor: James Smith

Why do great works of art touch us so deeply, illuminating our joys and sorrows?  From the values and peaks of our love lives, to the complexities of the parent-child relationship, pieces like Shakespeare’s King Lear and Sondheim’s “Company” help us see and understand our own struggles in a new light.  We will look closely at how these landmark pieces are made, savoring the details and understanding how they relate to the whole piece.  We will delve into examples from music, painting, theatre, literature, and opera – looking across genres to see what they have in common, and how each has its own particular “tricks.”  Representative examples include Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Keats’s Ode on a Grecian Urn, and Bizet’s “Carmen.”

James Smith was the Executive Director of an educational and cultural non-profit in Cambridge, MA for many years, and has taught in adult programs at the New School and CUNY.


MONDAYS


What Just Happened? The News Today
9am-10:15am  Instructor: Gregg Birnbaum

**Full course description coming soon.
 


Landmark Supreme Court Decisions
10:30am-11:30am  Instructor: Leora Harpaz

**Full course description coming soon.
 


Cinema Lecture Series
11:45am-1:15pm Instructor: Max Alvarez

**Full course description coming soon.
 


U.S. History: The American Presidency
1:30pm-2:30pm Instructor: Doug Brin

**Full course description coming soon.
 


Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
2:45pm-4:15pm Instructor: Leo Schaff and Joe George

**Full course description coming soon.
 


Creative Writing
4:30pm-5:30pm Instructor: Leo Schaff

**Full course description coming soon.

 


WEDNESDAYS
 

Jewish History
9am-10am Instructor:  Amy Weiss

**Full course description coming soon.
 


Drama In the Modern World: The Actor and The Text
10:15am-11:30am Instructor: Joe George

**Full course description coming soon.
 


Postmodern American Poetry, Part I
11:45am-1pm  Instructor:  Mark Tursi

**Full course description coming soon.
 


New York Short Stories
1:15pm-2:30pm Instructor: Jennifer Gilchrist

**Full course description coming soon.
 


The Life and Music of George Gershwin
3pm-5pm Instructor: Will Friedwald

**Full course description coming soon.
 


**Registration will open soon!

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