One of the most frequently found qualities of CSC instructors is that they simply love to teach. Though they have perhaps taught for many years in formal academia, they find they like teaching so much they can’t completely retire from it. So, CSC offers them an opportunity to enjoy it in a way they hadn’t before – without the pressure of giving tests and grades, and sharing their knowledge with people their age. Lucie Bauer, who has the distinction of being the longest-running instructor on our roster – her first class was in 2003, the year after we first began offering classes – is one of those can’t-get-enough-of-teaching types.
“I am grateful to CSC for the opportunity to share what I have a passion for,” she said. Lucie’s passion is art history, and her classes have covered Renaissance and Medieval art (in concert with history teacher Charmarie Blaisdell), Understanding Contemporary Art, Women Artists, Gifts of Experience and Painters of Stillness. This session she is offering a class in Australian aboriginal art, entitled Australia Dreaming, evoking the indigenous inhabitants’ artistic tradition of depicting ancestral stories revealed through dreams.
In one of her two trips to that distant land, she saw an exhibit of aboriginal art at the National Museum in Victoria, a show that was “eye-opening and mind-expanding and that moved me profoundly,” she said. “Aboriginal people had been in Australia for 60,000 years, leaving traces of themselves across the land by creating rock art. When the Europeans arrived, the aboriginal history changed drastically, and sadly. But now many young people, through art and other ways, are reclaiming their ancient heritage, their relationship to the land that had persisted throughout time. To see how art has played such a big part in the revitalization of a peoples’ heritage has been very exciting.”
Lucie will be augmenting her class with the showing of a four-part Australian broadcast film series called First Footprints about aboriginal history and its legacy. Fans of Lucie, like myself, will be looking forward to this exciting class. There is always, I have found, something more in her classes than just history and facts: something, indeed, mind-expanding and profound.
By Kay Liss