Explore Light and Dark Visual Qualities in Film Noir and Paintings

Thursday, September 19, 2019
6 – 8:30 PM

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This dual-media course blends film analysis and acrylic painting. Participants will observe and discuss how black-and-white visual contrasts underscore the moral ambiguity in film noir narratives. They will then learn how to implement contrasting shades of their own by painting dark and light value.

Five Thursdays; September 19 – October 24
(except October 10)

About the instructors:
Kristi Cortez passion for all forms of art began as a child when she was a dancer and evolved into a fascination with the social and emotional significance of art movements, techniques and narrative during her graduate studies. She earned her Master of Arts in Film Studies from Chapman University and now bridges her appreciation of art with her interest in teaching and education. Although her degree is in film, Kristi believes that an understanding of all forms of art allows for greater engagement with any artwork, as all mediums inform one another. She has co-instructed adult courses for the Crocker such as Botanical Illustration and will also be teaching our upcoming Film Noir and Painting class. Kristi approaches teaching with the goal of foregrounding the humanity behind aesthetics and forging connections between the viewer and the artwork itself. She believes that every medium of art tells a story and it is through interpreting these stories that we grow.

Patris left the education profession in 2004 to pursue her art full-time. She has recently been juried into several national plein air painting competitions and her work is in many private and public collections. She served on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and is a member of the California Art Club, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and Landscape Artists International.


$165 members
$185 nonmembers

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No experience is required unless noted. The Museum provides student-quality supplies included in the fee unless indicated otherwise. Students are welcome to bring their personal supplies; however there is no discount for doing so. Oil paints are not allowed in studio classrooms.

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