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Art History In Action: A Creative Approach to Art History

When Fri, November 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

Email boxoffice@bankheadtheater.org

Where Online Event -

Phone 925.373.6800

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center Presents
Art History In Action: A Creative Approach to Art History

This course, for students ages 5 to 18, introduces some of the major periods in ART HISTORY, and a variety of ideas and practices in Western and Non-Western arts and architecture. Students develop an understanding of art history through analyzing works of art and placing them in historical context. Students also explore how different cultures, theories, materials, processes, techniques and audience make an impact on the growth of art-historical movements.

Taught by professional artist and art educator, Thomasin Dewhurst (M.A.F.A.), the nine-month course will cover a new topic every three or four weeks. With each new topic, there will be one art history lesson, followed by two to three lab-style classes where students create their own art based on the particular art history topic.

The course will be an online course, with possible in-person art-making camps and field trips (dependent on health and safety protocols). Classes will be divided by age as necessary. Online classes will be held via Zoom.

Scholarships available (sponsored by the Wente Foundation for Arts Education)

We are offering a discount if you sign up for 6 or more months. Select which months, or the whole series, and at checkout enter in the discount code that pertains to your order. Discount code must be entered at the time the order is placed, no discounts will be given after checkout is complete.

9 Months 10% Discount use code ART9

8 Months 10% Discount use code ART8

7 Months 5% Discount use code ART7

6 Months 5% Discount use code ART6


November 2020: Diego Rivera and William Kentridge

Topic: The history and art of mural painting.

Art-Making Project: Make a mini wall and public park out of cardboard. Design a mural for the wall. Use a fresco technique to create the mural. Participate in an actual mural project in Livermore (future activity)

December 2020: Ancient Greek architecture and David Hockney’s Rake’s Progress

Topic: The Parthenon and the set-design of David Hockney. A comparison and art-making partnership.

Art-Making Project: Make and draw a cardboard diorama of the Parthenon in the style of David Hockney’s theater set designs.

January 2021: Frank Lloyd Wright, Antoni Gaudi and the Civic Center Meeting Hall in Livermore

Topic: Modern architecture – nature and building.

Art-Making Project: Design a paper mache landscape. Design and create a building that relates materially and aesthetically to your created landscape. (Possible two-day LVPAC art camp at the Bothwell Center.)

February 202: Impressionism and Post Impressionism,Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin

Topic: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and the craft of paint-making and painting.

Art-Making Project: Paint an oil painting timescape from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism along the river Seine in Paris. Make and paint with your own paint.

March 2021: Traditional Japanese Art: Ink wash Painting and Woodcut Printing

Topic: The history of Japanese Art – Its similarities to, differences from, and influences on Western Art.

Art-Making Project: Print-making, ink wash and watercolor on watercolor paper in the form of a three-paneled triptych. Stretch watercolor paper. Make a print using various objects – buttons, leaves, cardboard cutouts.

April 2021: African Art and Archaeology (various countries)

Topic: Ancient to modern African art, the archaeological process, and the craft of ceramics.

Art-Making project: Using kiln-firing clay, make an African style pot, using clay-working techniques. Glaze and fire the pot. Fill the pot with items from an imaginary archaeological dig.

May 2021: Renaissance: Italian and Northern – Painting and Sculpture

Topic: The art of the Renaissance and the influence of the rising merchant class.

Art-Making project: Paint a realistic still-life in the style of the Northern Renaissance painters. Include a window behind the still-life depicting linear and atmospheric perspective in the style of the Italian Renaissance painters.

June 2021: Installation Art

Topic: Installation Art and the perception of self and space.

Art-making project: Create a cardboard box museum room with installation and museum visitors. Use collage and found objects. Imagine yourself as both the viewer and the artist.

July 2021: Op Art and the Bauhaus

Topic: Visual Design, and the art of optical illusions in Art History.

Art-Making project: Create and decorate a miniature chair in the style of the Bauhaus artists. Create a room for the chair, and decorate it with an optical illusion that stems from the chair design.


Thomasin Dewhurst was born in the United Kingdom and moved to South Africa as a young child. She received her B.A.F.A. (with distinction) from Rhodes University, and her M.A.F.A. (with distinction) in Painting and History of Art from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Her work has been exhibited in both solo and group shows in various locations world-wide, including the Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, Ohio), the Everard Read Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Bankhead Theater Gallery and the Figurehead Gallery (Livermore, CA), Hodnett Fine Art Gallery (Vancouver, Canada), the Blackheath Gallery (London, United Kingdom) and others.

Thomasin has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, bursaries and awards for her art and teaching, including an Above & Beyond Award for outstanding contribution to Art, Music & Performing Arts Enrichment in Livermore school district, California, and she has been included in many publications. Thomasin’s work is part of a number of private and public permanent collections including the Gauteng legislature in South Africa and Ericsson South Africa (with around 20 of her watercolors). Currently Thomasin works as an artist and art instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information on Thomasin, and to see examples of her work, please visit thomasindewhurst.com


Our Team


Executive Director
Chris Carter
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Director of Finance and Administration
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Director of Operations
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Director of Marketing
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Production Manager
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Assistant Production Manager
Erica Engel
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Julio Gomez
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Box Office Manager
Debra Olson
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Visual Arts Manager
Anne Giancola
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Development Manager
Brittany Mulgrew
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Front of House Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
Carol Edwards
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Bernice LaRosa
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Programs Coordinator
Treg Van Dyke
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Get to Know Our Resident Companies

Home to ten Resident Companies with over 270 combined years of artistic experience, the Bankhead Theater’s state-of-the-art facilities enable these organizations to grow artistically and institutionally, develop audiences and collaborate on key projects while maintaining their respective missions and identities.

Cantabella Children’s Chorus

Cantabella Children’s Chorus is a non-profit organization located in the Livermore Tri-Valley. CCC strives to foster and promote the appreciation of choral music in the community through performances at various local corporate and civic functions and churches but above all to have fun.

Del Valle Fine Arts

Del Valle Fine Arts has been presenting outstanding classical music concerts in Livermore for over 35 years. This highly-regarded series offers dazzling performances by acclaimed professional chamber music groups and soloists from throughout North America and beyond. A particular objective of DVFA is to introduce young persons to the appreciation of fine music. To that end, children are admitted free to its concerts, and full-time students above high school can procure tickets at a special reduced price.

Livermore-Amador Symphony

Livermore-Amador Symphony – The symphony offers four concerts a year, as well as a Pops fundraiser. Symphony Guild – If you enjoy LAS concerts, join like-minded people of the Symphony Guild and support this community orchestra! Guild members encourage interest in the symphony and sponsor fund-raising activities. The Livermore-Amador Symphony has received funding from: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, City of Livermore Commission for the Arts, City of Livermore Tourism and Special Event Fund, Livermore Cultural Arts Council, Clorox Company Technical Center-Pleasanton, Target and Livermore Rotary.

Livermore Valley Opera

Livermore Valley Opera combines the talents and expertise of professional music, stage and chorus directors, principal singers, musicians, and designers with the dedication and practical abilities of a volunteer board, adult chorus, stage crew, props master, stitchers, and set builders. Each fall and spring, LVO presents locally produced, fully staged operas with orchestra. Additionally, LVO presents special concerts, events and fundraisers in the winter and “Opera in the Vineyard” in the summer. LVO promotes local talent and attracts outstanding Bay Area singers, directors and conductors.

Pacific Chamber Orchestra

The Pacific Chamber Orchestra (PCO) is a 40 piece symphony orchestra composed of professional musicians from throughout the Bay Area. It was founded over 20 years ago by its talented conductor and musical director, Lawrence Kohl. The orchestra combines the precision of a small ensemble with surprising dynamic range and power. PCO is notable for innovative and insightful interpretations of music of all eras.

Rae Dorough Speaker Series

The Rae Dorough Speaker Series features leading thinkers in science, literature and the arts who discuss topical issues of particular interest to the Livermore community in the intimacy of the Bankhead Theater.

Sycamore Strings Academy / Bothwell Arts Center

The Sycamore Strings Academy (formerly Suzuki Strings Academy) carries on a tradition from 1984 of quality music education in the Tri-Valley area. The Academy includes certified Suzuki instruction on string instruments, licensed Kindermusik classes and a popular guitar program. Students perform across the region in year-round concert series.

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

Formerly Pleasanton Playhouse, Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents a variety of audience-pleasing musical theater. As a non-profit, volunteer regional arts organization, we continue our mission to provide affordable quality theatre, training and cultural experiences, with a focus on children and family participation.

Valley Concert Chorale

The Valley Concert Chorale is a chorus of about 40 singers, many of whom live in the Tri-Valley area, including Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Danville. VCC’s director is John Bush and featured pianist is Daniel Glover. If you would like to sing with VCC, why not arrange for an audition? You can audition at any time, and then join the chorus at the beginning of the next quarter.

Valley Dance Theatre

Valley Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization committed to providing exceptional dance instruction and productions to the Tri-Valley Area. Their focus is in classical ballet and modern dance. Each year they present a full-length Nutcracker with a live orchestra, and a Spring show with varying themes.

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There is a drop-off/pick-up area located on Railroad Avenue, on the right side of the street, before you reach the stoplight to enter the parking garage.

Handicapped-reserved spaces are located on the lower level of the Livermore Valley Center parking garage.

An elevator is located on the West end of the main lobby.

Assistive listening devices are available free of charge from the House Manager’s Office in the lobby. Please let us know when purchasing your ticket of your special needs.

Fully accessible restrooms are located in the main lobby and in the upper lobby.

Support the Arts

Inscribed Pavers

Dedicate one of the decorative paver blocks that frame and define the entry from the Livermore Valley Plaza to the Bankhead Theater. Each size allows you to personalize your dedication and/or message. Once you’ve placed your order we’ll contact you to help you choose the exact message for the paver you’d like to donate.

Permanently commemorate a company or brand, feature your family crest or create your own custom design while supporting the arts with an engraved logo or artistic brick. The image will be etched in black on a sand-colored paver (6×12 or 12×12) or light gray granite tile (24×24). They are visible to thousands of people each year attending a variety of events and performances on the Livermore Valley Plaza and in the Bankhead Theater.

24″ x 24″ – Madden Family Courtyard – $1,500
12″ x 12″ – Livermore Valley Plaza $1,000
Logo Art Brick – Livermore Valley Plaza $500
6″ x 12″ – Livermore Valley Plaza $375
6″ x 9″ – Livermore Valley Plaza $150

Seat donations will be recognized by a commemorative medallion on your chosen chair in the Bankhead Theater as well as on the Donor Wall in the Lobby.

Grand Tier Seats $5,000
Central Tier Seats $2,500
Upper Tier Seats $1,000

Please note: donating a personalized seat does not guarantee the right to sit in that seat for a given performance.

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Leave a Legacy

With a legacy gift to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, you can be sure your charitable intentions will be realized while achieving the most favorable income tax benefits available. We are happy to meet with you to talk about your intentions and situation. However, we strongly recommend you consult with your estate planning professional or tax advisor to fulfill your goals for your financial portfolio and tax needs.

Making a legacy gift to the Center also qualifies you to join the Legacy Society, a group of philanthropic and pioneering members who share a strong bond with LVPAC and a desire to ensure a meaningful, lasting home for the arts in Livermore Valley.

If you have already included LVPAC in your plans (or if you intend to), please let us know. Contact Chris Carter, Executive Direct, at [email protected] or call (925) 583-2311.

We accept a range of planned giving options:

In Your Will
The simplest way to leave a planned gift is to make a bequest including specific language in your will or living trust naming LVPAC as the recipient. The following is an example of suggested language to include in your will/trust:

“I give and bequeath to the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, a California non-profit corporation, located at 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550, the sum of $____, or ______% of my estate, to be used for the accomplishment of its general purpose (or for a specific purpose as indicated).”

Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is the easiest way to create dependable income for life and help the Center. Please note that LVPAC does not administer CGAs but can recommend an administrator.

Charitable Trusts
A Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Lead Trust allows you to receive an estate or gift tax deduction and create a source of income for you or your loved ones while supporting the Center. Please note that LVPAC does not administer these trusts but can recommend an administrator.

Real Estate/Appreciated Assets
A variety of assets can be donated such as real estate, appreciated securities, and tangible personal property such as art or jewelry. Donating appreciated assets can help offset income and capital gains taxes. If you are contemplating gifting an investment property or a vacation home, a gift of real estate offers an excellent option for tax-wise giving. You can also include the Center as a beneficiary of real estate or appreciated assets in your will. Please be aware that as part of our gift acceptance policy, all gifts of real estate, appreciated assets and tangible personal property are examined on a case-by-case basis.

Retirement Plan Donations or Life Insurance Policies
You can name Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center as the beneficiary of your IRA, 401k or 403b retirement plan or life insurance policy. This is a simple, effective way to support the arts while reducing or eliminating significant, often unanticipated tax penalties.