New Class: Love, Sex, and Desire in the Ancient World

with David Miano

Mondays 6:30-8 pm

44As we expand our offerings into other subject areas, new and interesting courses are now becoming available at our academy. This class will introduce you to the cultures of ancient Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Rome, and India through an examination of their conceptions and expressions of love, desire and sexuality. These ideas are culturally determined and reflect important cultural assumptions very different from our own. We will engage in an interdisciplinary study using a variety of literary genres including lyric poetry, love letters, philosophical dialogue, didactic poetry and the romance novel. The focus of this study will introduce a wide range of topics for discussion including the split between physical and spiritual love, philosophic ideals of “love” and “beauty,” perceptions of appropriate gender roles, physical ideals of female and male beauty, the different conceptions of hetero- and homosexual relations, and the conventions of literary form.


1880_pierre_auguste_cot_-_the_storm1An integral component of the course involves an exercise in source analysis. At some of the classes, the readings will be made available in handouts. At others, because the readings are longer, we recommend purchasing the book and reading it prior to the class (much as in a book club), so that we may discuss. Our store will stock copies of the needed texts, so that you may get them right on our campus at your convenience.

Recommended texts: Ariel Bloch and Chana Bloch, The Song of Songs (University of California Press, 1998); Plato’s Symposium (S. Benardete, trans.; Univ. of Chicago Press, 2001); Ovid, The Art of Love (J. Michie, trans.; Modern Library, 2002); Achilles Tatius, Leucippe and Clitophon (T. Whitmarsh, trans.; Oxford University Press, 2001); Kamasutra (W. Doniger, trans.; Oxford University Press, 2009).

Full course: $325

Cost per session: $35

Starts January 30


Lecture Schedule
Love at the Beginning of Civilization
Inanna and Dumuzi
Egyptian Love Poetry
Biblical Erotica
Aphrodite and Eros
Male and Female in Greece
Pastoral Poetry
Love in Philosophy
Love in Rome
The Art of Love
The Ancient Romance Novel
Leucippe and Clitophon
The Kama Sutra
No readings
Sumerian love poems (provided in class)
Egyptian love poems (provided in class)
The Song of Songs (bring to class)
Greek love poems (provided in class)
Greek love poems (provided in class)
Theocritus’ Idylls (provided in class)
Plato’s Symposium (bring to class)
Roman love poems (provided in class)
The Art of Love (bring to class)
Leucippe and Clitophon (bring to class)
Leucippe and Clitophon (bring to class)
Kama Sutra (bring to class)

Youth Afterschool Course with Elizabeth Jenness

13590229_10153780271010875_752506527635878768_nWednesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm

The goal of these classes is to provide skill-based learning to create a deeper understanding of the visual imagery that is all around us. At the Atelier we believe that anyone has the ability to create art,  by learning basic skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Each lesson will encourage a child’s creativity while asking them to analyze what they see and apply it in a variety of different exercises.

The classes will focus on emphasizing form primarily using charcoal to establish and build upon a foundation of traditional drawing.

If you are interested in taking this class, please contact Elizabeth Jenness at

Fundamentals of Drawing with Elizabeth Jenness



Thursdays 10:00 am -1:00 pm
In this class you will begin to bring eye and hand together through an understanding of how to create the illusion of space in two dimensions. Basic concepts will be introduced through specific excercises designed to teach you to see, think and then draw.  The consistant practice of drawing under instruction will facilitate continual opportunity to discuss and implement a sound drawing approach. Beginners and all levels welcome.

Fundamentals of Oil Painting ~ With Patricia Sorg

Tuesdays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

14435363_10154553559881950_7228357486962409699_o“He who cannot respond to his emotions with some reasonable guidance is incapable of expressing himself in an artistic matter” – Edgar Payne

To accurately convey the feelings about a subject in a painting, it is necessary to understand the fundamentals. This class is designed to introduce the students to these concepts and principles to achieve a successful painting. Students will learn a solid foundation of these components: Value, composition, color, and orchestration.

This class will be excellent for beginners and intermediate or advanced students who need
to reinforce basics or who need to achieve a better understanding of the theory.

Thorough attention to color mixing will be emphasized. Students will work with a limited palette first, and then will move to an extended one.


10 sessions – $250

1 individual session – $35


Painting Materials Supply List

Oil Colors (Colors are listed in the order they should appear on the palette, from left to right, and primarily of Winsor & Newton or Gamblin)

Earth Colors:

Raw Umber

Transparent Oxide Red

Yellow Ochre

Prismatic Colors:

Quinacridone Magenta

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium red light or Cadmium Scarlet

Indian Yellow

Cadmium Yellow

Cadmium Yellow Light

Viridian Hue (Winton)

Permanent Green Light

Cerulean Blue

Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Titanium White

Note for beginners , a limited palette will work well:

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red light

Raw Umber

Ultramarine Blue

Cadmium Yellow Light

Titanium White


Bristle brushes- variety of sizes, #2- #12.

One or more palette knives

Palette and Mediums

Large Palette

Non-glass container with lid

Walnut Oil, or GAMSOL for cleaning brushes

*Note: turpentine, mineral spirits or any other toxic solvents prohibited in the studio*

Old Master Copy Work with Elizabeth Jenness


Thursdays 10-12:30 AM  and 1-4 PM

This course will build an understanding of painting principles, processes and effects as handed down by example in the paintings of the ages. Starting with studies done with charcoal or a limited palette the student will explore and familiarize themselves with some works by influential masters and then will choose a painting to copy.

Cast Drawing and Painting with Elizabeth Jenness

elisabeth cast paintingwebWednesdays 10-12:30, 1-3:30 pm

This course will give students of all levels a firm base for which to inform all future drawing and painting. Students copy Master drawings to enhance their understanding of the drawing process. After progressing through several flat copies the artist will move on to working from the cast antique.


Introduction to Life Drawing with Charles Miano

ACHILLES 6Saturday 9:30 – 12:30pm with Charles Miano

Figure drawing classes are the staple to all visual artistic endeavors. In this class students will utilize rhythms, structure, mass, value and form to create short figure studies. These exercises will expand a students ability to accurately see and capture life.

Supply list



Classic Life Drawing and Painting with Charles Miano

Man Reaching11Saturday 1 – 4pm with Charles Miano

Longer Figure studies teach students to create finished works. Here we take all the elements from the short pose and take our time in developing a cohesive figure with life and light. Students in this class have the opportunity to work in a variety of media as they progress including Charcoal, Oil Paint, and Chalk.

Classic Alla Prima Portrait Painting with Charles Miano

Fridays 9:30-12:30 pm,  1-4 pm


Portrait and clothed figure painting is the focus of this comprehensive course, open to all levels. Through extensive painting exercises and demonstrations, Miano will describe his technical approach to creating a painting in oil. He will also expound on various traditional methods to help students better understand structure, gesture, brush calligraphy, composition, form, light key and much more. Through long poses, students in this class will learn to work in the methods of the old masters while balancing contemporary color sensibilities.

Still Life Painting with Sue Foster

FosterS-Blue Flow w LemonsTuesday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1-4pm

Wednesday 9:30am-12:30pm & 1-4pm with Susan Foster

This oil painting class will equip an artist with the skills necessary to fulfill their artistic vision. In a progressive and comprehensive manner, Susan Foster will explain the nuances of her Painting technique in oil. Attention will be given to pictorial composition, accurate rendering of shapes, values and edges within the totality of the still-life arrangement.

10 ticket sessions – $250
1 individual session – $35