Quest Learning Community

A communal learning experience for adults
designed to expand one's intellectual and social world.

Art, Music, Dance, and Film

These courses are offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. For more information on Quest, click here and also see more details at the bottom of this page.



Coordinators: Helen Goodman, Ellen Shapiro

What is Illustration art? It’s an art form that marries visual imagery with text. Its purpose is to pique the interest of, and attract and hold a reader/viewer’s attention. It can “illuminate” a text or subject—or delight, disturb, puzzle, inform, make fun of, and—“sell” what- ever subject is at hand. Generally, Illustration art is reproduced in magazines, books, newspapers, advertisements, posters, comics, or cartoons. Each class will highlight some great practitioners of the art.



Coordinators: Bob Reiss, Joan Diamond, Linda Downs, Lynnel Garabedian
Coordinator Emerita: Sandy Gordon

Since the late 20th century the visual arts have increasingly served and responded to an international audience. Artists & their Work recognizes this wider yet smaller world by focusing on multicultural modernism. We will study artists from the five continents to acknowledge that while geographic origin remains relevant to making art, ease and speed of communication are also influential creative factors. Some talks will relate to ongoing NYC museum exhibitions.



Coordinators: Steve Koenig, Wayne Cotter

Each session will focus on one album by a band or solo artist and be enriched by related tracks from the band’s career or works by others which shed light on the album. Discussion will cover performer histories, musical styles, historical contexts and critical reactions. Our definition of “rock” will be inclusive, containing branches of reggae, soul, folk and country. Some artists we might present include Creedence Clearwater Revival, Blondie, Chicago, Joan Armatrading, Jethro Tull, The Talking Heads and The Moody Blues.



Coordinators: Marilyn Weiss, Jeanette Himmel, Frieda Lipp

This is a hands-on workshop. Artistic talent is not required, just the willingness to experiment, play, have some fun and hopefully create an interesting piece of art that pleases you. One can cut up and attach anything to anything—family photos, clippings, the odd piece of jewelry, whatever—attached or pasted to paper, cardboard, fabric, etc.. We hope to provide some basic inexpensive supplies that can be used communally—scissors, glues, assorted collage materials and backing papers to help get you started. How you work will be up to you. If you have an individual project you want to do or if you want some guidance to start, we’ll be there to help in whatever way we can.



Coordinators: Steve Koenig, Victor Brener, Frieda Lipp

At each session, we view a different opera and engage in a lively discussion of the text, staging, medium, and the historical and cultural backgrounds. This semester may include Pauline Oliveros’ Njinga: The Queen King, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Aulis Sallinen’s King Lear, Ernst Krenek’s Karl V., and Benjamin Britten’s Death In Venice.



Coordinators: Ruth Ward, Martha Drezin

This one-year course on the development of ballet and modern dance highlights the work of our most celebrated choreographers. The fall semester will chronicle the evolution of ballet from its beginnings at the court of Louis XIV to the Romantic ballets of the 19th century, through the 20th century contributions of the Ballets Russes, George Balanchine, Agnes De Mille, Alvin Ailey and Mark Morris, to the 21st century work of Justin Peck and other emerging choreographers.



Coordinators: Howard Salik, Bobbie Gold, Rita Buttolph

Two critical parts of a Film Today class are: (1) Identify 4 new out-standing movie releases. Members volunteer to present a 5-8 minute critique of each film at our next class meeting followed by audience comments. A follow-up summary is sent to those on our mail list. (2) Film-related past events are highlighted in a 20-minute segment. Past specials include: Film Noir, Women’s Role in Movie Development, and From the Shtetl to Beverly Hills.



Coordinators: Marian Friedmann, Steve Allen, Lillian Scheinblum, Caroline Thompson

See the best of contemporary short documentaries, dramas, comedies, film excerpts, and videos. Films are selected both on artistic merit and their probability to provoke lively discussion.


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