This fall, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. Discover a new interest or re-engage in an old one, deepen your appreciation of the arts, discuss favorite subjects with peers and scholars, gain new skills and try new things! Whatever your motivation, our enrichment programs are sure to stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity.

Course Spotlight –  Art Appreciation: The Story Behind the Art

Dante, between the mountain of purgatory and the city of Florence. Painting by Domenico di Michelino, 1465.

Dante, between the mountain of purgatory and the city of Florence. Painting by Domenico di Michelino, 1465.

Thursday, Nov. 10 | 10 a.m. – Noon | $10

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What is the story behind some of the famous works of art?  In this session, participants will enjoy tales, myths, and fables that speak of love and death, sex and violence, tragedy and triumph as told by the great poets and writers Ovid, Petrarch, Dante, Pliny the Elder, Euripides and others.  Participants will view works in the North Carolina Museum of Art collection that tell their stories through the eyes of the artists.

After the course, we invite you visit the NCMA, to see some of the featured paintings on display. A guided tour can be scheduled.

Rhonda M. Wilkerson, PhD, storyteller, is a retired Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education. Since 1988, she has served as Docent for the North Carolina Museum of Art, and recently served as the 2012-2013 NCMA Docent Organization President.

See the full list of Fall Daytime Enrichment Courses