Learn to Look: where to look

A four part educational lecture and tour series, come to as many sessions as you like!

Learn to Look

We are continuing our where to look at art series! We’ll explore the art, architecture, and history behind some of the greatest museums in the world. You’ll visit places in Paris, Venice, Washington D.C., and New York – to name a few. Attend as many sessions as you like and travel the world without leaving the FAC!

Each session: $20 FAC members; $30 Non-Members
All four sessions: $60 FAC members; $100 Non-Members

Session 1: Paris’ Musée d’Orsay

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5-7 p.m. Music Room

Visit the Musée d’Orsay, an amazing collection of some of the finest French Impressionist paintings, beautifully displayed in of all places, a revamped grandiose train station in Paris. We will also look at the Orangerie, where the largest paintings of Monet’s great Waterlilies are located in two vast elliptical rooms. Instructor: Chuck Benson

Session 2: Grand Tour of Europe

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 5-7 p.m. Music Room

Three hundred years ago, wealthy young Englishmen began taking post-Oxbridge treks through Europe in search of art, culture, and the roots of Western civilization. With nearly unlimited funds, aristocratic connections, and months (or years) to roam, they commissioned paintings, perfected their language skill, and mingled with the upper crust of the continent. Upon their return to England, these tourists were supposedly ready to accept the responsibilities of an aristocrat. Join Dave Alvarez as he relives these special moments from history with you, and then presents his version of a “Contemporary Grand Tour.” Instructor: Dave Alvarez

Session 3: The National Gallery of Art and Exhibits Around the World

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5-7 p.m. Music Room

In our nation’s capital on the fabled Washington D.C. “Mall” resides one of the most important collections of art owned by the American people. From Gothic to the Renaissance to the Baroque and onto the Modern Era, there is something for everyone at the National Gallery of Art! Then, let us take you around the world visiting various festivals, shows, and exhibitions – such as the Venice Biennale and Art Basel – to learn their importance to the contemporary art world and its future. While these programs provide a platform for galleries to show and sell their work to collectors, museum directors, and curators, they also attract a large international audience of art spectators and students. Find out why! Instructors: Dave Alvarez & Chuck Benson.

Session 4: The Guggenheim “Brand”

Sign up  Thursday, November 2, 2017, 5-7p. Music Room

Join us on a journey through time, art, and architecture and learn the genius of the Guggenheim Museums of Art around the world. From Frank Lloyd Wright’s original vision in NYC, to Frank Gehry’s futuristic vision in Spain, the “Guggenheim Brand” has been amazing the art world for well over seventy years. Collections include Solomon Guggenheim’s abstract paintings; Peggy Guggenheim’s collection of abstract and Surrealist painting and sculpture; Justin Thannhauser’s array of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early modern masterpieces; and Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo’s vast holdings of European and American Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, Environmental, and Conceptual art. Join us as we explore how art and architecture are literally inseparable at these and other museums. Instructors: Dave Alvarez & Chuck Benson.

Instructor Bios

David Alvarez:

“An artist from age 6…and beyond. A new chapter opening every day.” David Alvarez is a Colorado Springs native whose family has lived in the area for almost 100 years. Dave graduated from Palmer High School here in Colorado Springs and has a BA in Fine Art from the University of Colorado in Boulder, with Masters’ degrees in Secondary Education and Art History. He is a former Harrison High School art teacher, and has over 25 years of experience in both the advertising and marketing fields. Although currently retired from the business aspects of professional life, Dave divides his time lecturing on Art History, creating his own art, and traveling the world.

Chuck Benson:

Chuck Benson has been teaching the history of art, architecture and design for over 30 years. Chuck is an instructor for the FAC’s Bemis School of Art and is an occasional architectural consultant with various architectural firms on a variety of projects, most recently at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. He has lectured for several years at the Essex Library Architectural Series in Essex, Connecticut. Chuck has led numerous trips abroad to Italy, France, Great Britain, Scotland, and Greece, and had led trips to Italy and Washington D.C. for the Fine Arts Center in recent years. He has also taken both collegiate and tour groups to New York City to closely examine its artistic gems. These trips have been focused upon introducing travelers and students to the wonders of both Art, Architecture, and Design, both in Europe and the United States.

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