Art Studio Lectures

Informal lectures are held in a comfortable Berkeley, California studio and garden easily accessible by public transportation. We often lunch together and have shared friendships and activities with those who enjoy the arts. Join us for a lectures series, including guided tours of art exhibits in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Past and Current Art Trends

Combine theory with the visual experience by getting a thorough introduction to past and current art trends before experiencing the artwork. An academically trained art historian, Barbara Rydlander provides a wealth of information through exciting lectures and an extensive slide collection.

Lectures are designed to inspire members to share their enthusiasm about lecture topics, which have ranged from recent archaeological discoveries in China to African-American artists during the Harlem Renaissance, as well as contemporary electronic / multimedia to the history of English gardens.


2 “Old Glory”, 2005 by Rob Jenkins,
on view in “By the Hand” exhibit
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

  3 “Lilies and Columns”
by Joy Stocksdale, Artist member of Baulines Craft Guild
“Reflect” by Treg Silkwood and
Candace Martin, Oakland Museum of California, Collectors Gallery
  Enamelled teapot by artist member
of Northern California Enamel Guild

Current Lectures and Tours

Art-on-Site Series
Lectures by: Barbara Rydlander

Join us for extensive slide lectures in our studio and garden and a tour of a current exhibit. Topics for each of the following Art-on-Site Series are announced in class and depend on current museum and gallery exhibitions available for tours during a specific series.
See Register page for more information.

Fall 2021 Session  
  Wed. Sept. 22 to Nov. 10, 2021
  Thur. Sept. 23 to Nov. 11, 2021
Winter 2022 Session
  Wed. Jan. 19 to Mar. 9, 2022
  Thur. Jan. 20 to Mar. 10, 2022
Spring 2022 Session
  Wed. Mar. 23 to May 11, 2022
  Thur. Mar. 24 to May 12, 2022

Check for last day to enroll and refund policy on Register page. Each session lasts 8 weeks from 1-3 pm.

Session meetings may need to be altered due to any mandates issued by local public health agencies regarding latest pandemic protocols.

For more information:
: Barbara Rydlander
phone: (510) 525-2464

Samples of Past Lecture Topics and Museum Slide Tours


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