“History of Western Art: Part I.” (Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantium and early medieval Europe.) Location: UCLA, Dickson Art Center. Instructor: Maren Henderson, Ph.D., art history professor, Cal State Poly, Pomona. Twelve meetings (Mondays, 7 to 10 p.m. plus a Saturday field trip); begins Sept. 27. Fee: $275. (310) 825-9971.
“Asian Art Survey: The Pacific Basin’s Influence on China/China’s Influence on Asia.” Location: UCI. Instructor: Donald Karwelis, M.F.A., former lecturer in Asian Studies at Kaunas University in Lithuania. Six meetings (Tuesdays, 3 to 6 p.m.); starts Oct. 12. (714) 856-5414.
“A Day in Florence.” (Armchair visit to home of Renaissance art, history and culture.) Location: to be announced (UCI course). Instructor: Irini Vallera-Rickerson, Ph.D., art historian. One Saturday meeting, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (includes lunch). Fee: $100. (714) 856-5414.
“History of Art in America from 1760-1929.” Location: Laguna Art Museum. Instructor: Deborah Epstein Solon, independent art historian with a Ph.D. in American art from City University of New York. Part I consists of 10 Thursdays (7 to 9 p.m.); begins Sept. 30. (Second half of the survey starts in early 1994.) Fee: $90. (714) 494-8971.
“A Journey Through Landscape Painting.” (Medieval to early modern, symbolic, idealistic, naturalistic and visionary aspects.) Location: UCI Extension. Instructor: Maria E. Sammone, M.A., UC Santa Barbara. Six Tuesdays (10 a.m. to noon); begins Oct. 12. Fee: $75. (714) 856-5414.
“The New Manet.” (New research about major 19th-Century painter Edouard Manet, famous for “Dejeuner sur l’herbe” and “Bar aux Folies-Bergeres.”) Location: UCLA, Dickson Art Center. Instructor: Dennis Sexsmith, M.A., art history, Dickson doctoral fellow at UCLA. One Saturday meeting, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee: $35. (310) 825-9971.
“Surrealist Art Forms.” Location: UCI Extension. Instructor: Renee Riese Hubert, UCI professor emeritus, comparative literature and French. Six Wednesdays (10:00 a.m. to noon); begins Oct. 13. Fee: $85. (714) 856-5414.
“Women Artists.” (Cultural views affecting women’s development as artists and the content and style of their work.) Location: UCLA, Dickson Art Center. Instructor: Irina Costache, Ph.D., art history. One Saturday meeting, Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee: $35. (310) 825-9971.
“Frida Kahlo: The World Split Open.” Location: Universal City (UCLA course). Instructor: Wendy Slatkin, Ph.D., art history; author of “The Voices of Women Artists” (Prentice-Hall, 1993). One Saturday meeting (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), Oct. 23. Fee: $35. (310) 825-9971.
“Contemporary American Art: New Forms After 1960.” (Includes photography, video, installation art, performance and spoken word.) Location: UCI Extension. Instructor: Martha Fuller, photographer and writer. Six Mondays (1 to 3 p.m.); begins Oct. 18. Fee: $75. (714) 856-5414.
“Collector’s Choice: For Love or Money.” (With field trips to private collections and guest lectures by artists and dealers.) Location: UCI Extension. Instructor: Phyllis J. Lutjeans, formerly co-director TLK Gallery, Costa Mesa. One Friday night (7 to 10 p.m.) and three Saturday field trips (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); begins Oct. 15. Fee: $100. (714) 856-5414.
“Living With Art.” (Visits to L.A. galleries, museums, private art collections and site-specific installations.) Location: UCLA Extension Building in Westwood. Instructor: Michelle Isenberg, art educator and adviser. Six meetings (Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m.); begins Sept. 30. Fee: $195. (310) 825-991.
STUDIO ART CLASSES:
“How to Think Like an Artist: Drawing and the Creative Process.” (Multimedia drawing techniques, discussions about the ways contemporary artists work.) Location: Newport Harbor Art Museum. Instructor: Jane Bauman, art faculty, Coastline College. Seven Saturdays (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); begins Oct. 16. Fee: $60 general, $50 students and seniors. (714) 759-1122.
“Unpredictable Approaches to Artmaking.” (Exploration of art concepts using the user-friendly materials we messed around with in elementary school. For teen-agers and adults.) Location: Laguna Art Museum. Instructor: artist Helen Seigel. Six Tuesdays (7 to 9 p.m.); begins Oct. 5. Fee: $75. Preregistration required. (714) 494-8971.
“Perceptual Skills in Drawing (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain).” (Based on the book by Dr. Betty Edwards; exercises to increase intuitive abilities.) Location: UCI Extension. Instructor: Arlene Cartozian, M.A.; instructor, Cal State Long Beach. Two Saturdays and two Sundays (9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m.); begins Oct. 30. Fee: $185. (714) 759-1122.
MUSEUM LECTURES, PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND A FIELD TRIP:
(Location is the sponsoring institution, unless otherwise noted):
Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.: Sponsored by the Laguna Art Museum, “Road Warriors: A Panel Discussion” rounds up “Kustom Kulture” artists Ed (Big Daddy) Roth, Robert Williams and Gilbert Lujan, film professor Temma Kramer and moderator Pat Ganahi, senior editor of Rod and Custom magazine. Forum Auditorium, Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Admission: $8. Seating limited. (714) 494-8971.
Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.: Adam Mekler, who owns Amazonian objects included in the show “Colors of the Dawn/Invisible People: Arts of the Amazon” at the Bowers Museum, will discuss his collection and how he assembled it in “An Evening with the Collector.” Admission: $7.50. (714) 567-3670.
Sept. 20, noon: Collaborative artists Lilla Locurto and William Outcault, whose show opens Sept. 24 at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, speak at Rancho Santiago College in Santa Ana (Room C-104). Admission: Free. (714) 564-5600.
Sept. 27, noon: Artist Cedric Adams, whose drawings have been shown at the Museum of African-American Art in L.A. and elsewhere, gives a free talk at Rancho Santiago College (Room C-104). (714) 564-5600.
Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Marlene de Rios, professor of anthropology, Cal State Fullerton, lectures on “Hallucinogenic Themes in Pre-Columbian Peruvian Art” at the Bowers Museum. Admission: $7.50. (714) 567-3670.
Oct. 4, noon: Artist Laura Howe, who deals with women’s history in drawings, performances and other art forms, gives a free talk at Rancho Santiago College (Room C-104). (714) 567-3670.
Oct. 5, noon: Collaborative artists Lilla Locurto and William Outcault will give a free talk about their work in “New California Art” exhibition at Newport Harbor Art Museum. (714) 759-1122.
Oct. 7, 11 a.m.: Artist Georganne Deen, whose work is in Laguna Art Museum’s “Kustom Kulture” show, discusses her outlook on the custom-car scene. Free with museum admission.
Oct. 12, noon: Newport Harbor chief curator Bruce Guenther will present a free slide lecture on the art of David Salle. (714) 759-1122.
Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.: Christopher Donnan, director of the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, speaks on “The Royal Tombs of the Moche: Recent Archeological Discoveries in Peru” at the Bowers Museum. Admission: $7.50. (714) 567-3650.
Oct. 18, noon: Artist Dan Collins, whose installations deal with perception and information control, gives a free talk at Rancho Santiago College (Room C-104). (714) 564-5600.
Oct. 19, noon: Newport Harbor Biennial artist Sabina Ott gives a free talk about her work. (714) 759-1122.
Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Several artists in the Newport Harbor’s Biennial show--including Margaret Honda, David Lloyd and John Millei--will be part of a panel discussion. Admission: (which includes gallery admission) $7, $5 for students and senior citizens. (714) 759-1122.
Oct. 26, noon: Newport Harbor Biennial artist Eric Magnuson gives a free talk about his work. (714) 759-1122.
Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Field trip to Himalayan and Peruvian exhibitions in Southern California leaves from Bowers Museum. Docent-led tour of L.A. County Museum collections and Fowler Museum of Cultural History collections, plus audio-phone tour of “Royal Tombs of Sipan” show at the Fowler. Fee: $55. Reservations recommended. (714) 567-3670.
Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Marlene de Rios, professor of anthropology at Cal State Fullerton, speaks on “Shamanism and the Amazon: Past and Present” (priests who communicate with animal and plant spirits in Peru and Brazil). Admission: $7.50. (714) 567-3670.
Nov. 21, 2 p.m.: Chinese artist Gao Xiao-hua and Janet Baker, Bowers Museum chief of education, will lecture on “The Development of Western-Style Painting in China” (influence of Socialism and the Cultural Revolution) at the museum. Free with gallery admission. (714) 567-3670.
Laguna Art Museum: The yearlong training program consists of Tuesday morning lectures on touring techniques (from October through May) plus both portions (20 weeks) of the “History of Art in America from 1760 to 1929" course listed above.
Docents-in-training must become members of the museum, pay $25 annual dues to the Docent Council and promise to be available to lead tours at least two times a month for two years following “graduation.” An informational coffee session will take place Sept. 14 at 9:30 am. Information: Vernette Gilbert at (714) 721-0599.
Newport Harbor Art Museum: The first half of the nine-month weekly training program--which meets on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and starts on Sept. 23--focuses on the history of art from the mid-19th Century to the present. Monica Rothschild-Boros--who holds a Ph.D. in archeology and teaches art history at UCI and Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa--is the principal lecturer. The second half of the course offers guidance on touring techniques taught by the Education Department staff and outside professionals.
Docents-in-training must be museum members and pay $150 for the course. Bilingual people are especially encouraged to apply. Active docents have a two-year commitment to lead tours in the museum or do community outreach on one day of the week, two or three times per month. (714) 759-1122.
Bowers Museum: The nine-month free weekly training sessions--Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon--include touring techniques, background information about museum exhibitions and topics dealing with the cultures represented by the museum collections. Bowers curators and guest specialists serve as lecturers. Docents-in-training must be museum members and pay a $40 fee.
Active docents must set aside two days per month to lead tours and continue to attend meetings and training sessions. The next training session is on Sept. 27. Information: Carole Van Houten, docent chairman, (714) 774-0590. (Anyone interested in the work of the Docent Council is invited to its 20-year anniversary celebration on Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.)
Cal State Fullerton: The weekly two-hour Thursday morning course--which runs through the academic year and prepares docents-in-training to lead tours at the Main Art Gallery and do school outreach--begins Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Visual Arts building, Room 107.
The topic for 1993-94 is American art from the Colonial period up to World War II, with lectures by Cal State Fullerton faculty and others. There are several museum field trips. Guests are welcome anytime, and so are auditors (people who do not intend to become docents). Docents-to-be must become members of the university’s Art Alliance (fee: $25). Information: Helen Wodicka (714) 871-6943.