Sonnets to Sculptures: Art & Poetry Through the Ages

With expert art history and literature instructors, study art and poetry both classical and contemporary and learn about some of America’s most legendary art collectors.
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Program No. 23581RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Do you know what art enthusiast’s collection provided the foundation for the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.? Have you ever looked at a contemporary work of art and asked yourself “why is this art?” Find the answers to these questions and more as you study artists from Warhol to Weiwei and poets from Shakespeare to Shelley. Delve into the history behind the collections of some of America’s most famous art collectors, and take the classroom to the museum as you apply what you’ve learned to the art collection at the Orlando Museum of Art.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking up to one mile. Getting on/off bus.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a week of exclusive access to the expert instructors at San Pedro Center, who will lead fascinating lectures on world-famous art collections, artists and poems.
  • Take a field trip to Winter Park to explore the Orlando Museum of Art on an expert-led visit, focusing on works related to the week’s topics.
  • Meet the pastoral staff at San Pedro to learn more about the history of this spiritual development center, and enjoy an exclusive concert in the beautiful San Pedro Chapel.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Susan M. Rosoff
Susan Rosoff served as Curator of Education at Orlando Museum of Art where she developed many award-winning programs and educational materials. She taught undergraduate and graduate level art history courses at the University of Central Florida. Now head of Susan Merrill Rosoff Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC, she lectures across throughout Florida and works with museums and schools in creating arts integrated learning resource materials, which include co-authoring “Teaching Through the Arts: Writing,” a book using the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to teach writing.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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David Matteson
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Lynn B. Schiffhorst
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