Arts Council to host new arts and culture series


The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) will host seven new art and culture online courses beginning Jan. 18 and focusing on world art, Mesoamerican Art, great Mexican artists, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the art of Japan and Henry Trost’s architectural legacy in Las Cruces and El Paso.

Register online at www.daarts.org/classes-workshops or by calling DAAC at 575-523-6403. 

The cost is $5 per class or free of charge for DAAC members who have joined at the Heart for Art level ($101 annually) or higher.

All classes will be recorded and emailed to students after each class. Two returning instructors from DAAC’s Feed Your Mind programming will teach the new courses:  UTEP art history professor Kathleen Key and Nicholas Dahle, both of whom teach at UTEP’s OLLI Continuing Education Program.

Here are the courses to be offered:

  • World Art Parts II and III, Kathleen Key, 21 weeks, 5:30-7 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 18-June 21. No classes will be held May 3 or May 10. Part II of World Art starts with the Far East, then the Renaissance in Europe and goes through the 19th century. Part III covers Mesoamerican and Native American art and 20th-century art to the present. The courses will cover art in Europe, North America, China, Japan, Islam, Africa, Oceania and Native America.
  • Mesoamerican Art, Nicholas Dahle, six weeks, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 25. Before the arrival of Europeans in the 15th century, the Americas were home to rich cultures that produced great works of art in clay, gold, stone, shell and feathers. These works of art reveal fascinating facts about the lives and beliefs of people in ancient Mesoamerica.
  • Art Nouveau, Kathleen Key, six weeks, 1:30-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 26-March 2. Art Nouveau as a movement was brief in years, from 1890-1910, and encompassed architecture, painting, sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, fashion, textiles, graphic arts, advertising, photography and more. It was also an international movement that reached all the continents.
  • The Art of Japan, Nicholas Dahle, six weeks, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesdays, March 3-April 7. Explore the artwork of the Land of the Rising Sun. Learn about Japan’s rich cultural traditions and its various art forms: painting, theater, fashion, ceramics, gardens, architecture, sculpture and more. 
  • Great Mexican Artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Kathleen Key, six weeks, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursdays, March 4-April 8. Some of the world’s greatest artists were and are from Mexico: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siquieros, Rufino Tamayo, Jose Clement Orozco and Remedios Varo, to name a few. The last lecture in the series will cover contemporary artists like Carlos Amorales, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Minerva Cuevas, Teresa Margolles and Julian Gallan.
  • Art Deco, Kathleen Key, six weeks, 1:30-3 p.m., Tuesdays, March 9-April 13. The years for Art Deco were approximately 1900-40, and similar to the Art Nouveau movement, it was a total art period encompassing architecture, painting, sculpture, fashion, jewelry, graphic arts, advertising, decorative arts and furniture, including utilitarian objects such as ocean liners, cars, radios and vacuum cleaners, all in the Art Deco style.
  • Trost’s Architectural Legacy in Las Cruces and El Paso, Nicholas Dahle, four weeks, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesdays, April 14-May 5. Henry C. Trost was chief designer to the architectural firm Trost & Trost. From 1903-33, he designed hundreds of buildings in El Paso, Las Cruces and many other southwestern cities. His eclectic mix of styles and architectural skills has left a lasting legacy in both cities that can still be felt today. There will be a “field trip” or drive-by tour of Trost buildings in Las Cruces April 28 and in El Paso May 5.

For course registration or information about DAAC membership, visit www.daarts.org.  DAAC is located at 250 W. Amador Ave. Call 575-523-6403.