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 2017 Series  
Session I Wednesdays Sept. 20 to Nov. 8, 1-3 pm - Class Filled
Session II Thursdays Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, 1-3 pm - Class Filled
Spring 2018 Series  
Session I Wednesdays Jan. 17 to Mar. 7, 1-3 pm
  No refunds after Jan. 10, 2018
Session I Thursdays Jan. 18 to Mar. 8, 1-3 pm
  No refunds after Jan. 11, 2018
Session II Wednesdays Mar. 14 to May 9, 1-3 pm
  No refunds after Mar. 7, 2018
  No class: Mar. 28, 2018 (spring recess)
Session II Thursdays Mar. 15 to May 10, 1-3 pm
  No refunds after Mar. 8, 2018
  No class: Mar. 29, 2018 (spring recess)
Each lecture and field trip series lasts for 8 weeks.
Topics are determined by current art exhibits.

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

Samples of Past Lecture Topics and Museum Slide Tours



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