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Masters Series, an adult education program of the Pasadena Senior Center, is designed to increase understanding of national and international issues, the arts, other cultures, the community, and the individual. With a focus on “understanding,” courses are presented by local university faculty and experts. Each term provides a wonderful opportunity for learning and discussion.

Making Connections: The Intersection of Cultures, Art, and Design

Spring Term of the Masters Series

Tuesdays, March 16 through April 27 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Via Zoom

Members - Series: $90
Non-Members - Series: $105


From ancient hieroglyphics to modern graphic design, various forms of visual communication have disseminated knowledge and symbolism within a wider cultural and sociopolitical context for centuries. Over the series of seven lectures, award-winning educator, lecturer, and author Eleanor Schrader will trace the history of art and design from prehistoric fertility figures to 20th century poster art, looking at the meaning within various modes of art, writing, decorative objects, architecture, and other artistic forms found in various cultures around the world throughout time.

Lecture Topics:

  • March 16: Symbolism and meaning in prehistoric and ancient art
  • March 23: Early writing forms; iconography in early religious and medieval art
  • March 30: Gothic through Rococo design and the incorporation of Asian and Islamic art in Western design
  • April 6: French Realism; the Industrial Revolution and the response of the Arts and Crafts Movement
  • April 13: Victorian Art and Art Nouveau
  • April 20: Late 19th and early 20th century poster art and graphic design and the rise of propaganda art
  • April 28: 20th century design from the Bauhaus through the Art Deco and Midcentury eras

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Eleanor SchraderBIO

Eleanor Schrader is an award-winning educator, lecturer, and author. She lectures worldwide on the history of architecture, interiors, and decorative arts and leads art and architecture tours throughout the world. She has been named a Distinguished Instructor of design history at UCLA Extension. She is also Professor Emeritus of Art and Architectural History at Santa Monica College. She has done graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby's Institute in London and New York and has served as Design Review Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills. She is co-author of "Master Architects of Southern California, 1920-1940: Wallace Neff".

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