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American Design (Part 2): From Innovative to Iconic

Fifty and Better Spring Session

American Design (Part 2): From Innovative to Iconic

As America emerged into the 20th century, a combination of forward-looking vision in design and architecture and a desire to embrace its past successes, created an unstoppable force in the creative personalities that defined American design. 

This course focuses on styles and design influences from the Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Romantic Revivals, Mid-Century Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary eras.  The influence of designers and craftsmen such as Charles and Henry Greene, Gustav Stickley, Frank Lloyd Wright, Donald Deskey, Charles and Ray Eames, John Lautner, George Nakashima, and many others will be discussed, as well as the social and political influences upon their designs. The course will discuss the furniture styles in relation to their interior settings, including construction techniques and materials.

Part 1 registration is not required to attend Part 2.

Week 1:  Arts and Crafts Era
Week 2:  Art Deco Era
Week 3:  Romantic Revivals Era
Week 4:  Mid-Century Modern Era
Week 5:  Postmodern Era
Week 6:  Contemporary Era

Eleanor Schrader, M.A., is an award-winning educator, lecturer, and author. She lectures worldwide on art and architectural history and has been named a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA Extension where she teaches history of architecture and more. Schrader is also Professor Emeritus of Art and Architectural History at Santa Monica College.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals age 50 and older.


Register by April 1 at 12 p.m.

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Christina Tierney