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Classicism at Home
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No matter where you are, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) offers courses, lectures, articles, and more, available at any time at classicist.org .

Classicism at Home offers a weekly opportunity to turn your thoughts to things both historic and contemporary, academic and entertaining, and aesthetic and rigorous through the ICAA's ongoing online content.
ICAA Online Courses & Lectures
The ICAA is pleased to regularly announce new opportunities to immerse yourself in the world of classicism and traditional design, with free live streaming courses open to audiences regardless of location.
May 13 & 20, 6:00 PM EDT / 3:00 PM PDT

2 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective

In two illustrated virtual lectures, Francis Morrone will introduce the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Participants will learn the basic history of Greek and Roman architecture, the development of the classical language of architecture, how the Romans transformed the Greek orders, and what it all meant for Western civilization going forward.

These lectures are meant to be suitable for the absolute beginner, but also for the knowledgeable practitioner who wishes to review the basics (as we all must from time to time), with a few surprises thrown in.

Advanced registration required to obtain link:
The Tuscan order’s simple detailing, rustic attributes, and frequent use in contemporary design allow for a sensible starting point when learning how to compose with the Classical Orders.

Join Mason Roberts, designer at Robert A. M. Stern Architects, for an overview of the evolution of the Tuscan order from its ancient roots as a native Italian style evolving out of Etruscan timber temples through its codification in Renaissance treatises as a variant of the Doric type. Included is a comparative analysis of canonical versions of the Tuscan Order by treatise writers such as Serlio, Palladio, and Scamozzi.

This week's installment in the ICAA's "What We're Watching" series of film recommendations, from Mark Ferguson, ICAA Board Member and Partner at ICAA member firm Ferguson & Shamamian, focuses on the intensity of architectural experience, including architecture's capacity for setting a scene (including the absurd) as well as the stories of architects and existence within architecture.

Great architecture is perhaps never so sublime as when it houses the contents of a library.

Join Andrew Skurman, 2020 Arthur Ross Award-winner (Architecture), on a journey to six stunning libraries, chosen for the distinctive characteristics that make them worthy destinations (virtually or in person) for any bibliophile or architectural enthusiast.

Each week, the ICAA is pleased to highlight lectures from our online archives, in which architects, designers, historians, and other experts in their fields provide insight into architecture, history, design, the arts, and so much more.

In this lecture from 2018, ICAA Board Member Kirk Henckels and architectural historian Anne Walker, authors of  Life at the Top: New York's Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings , discuss the evolution and history of some of New York's most extraordinary apartment buildings. This discussion was moderated by  Architectural Digest  Decorative Arts Editor Mitch Owens.

New Social Sketching Activities
ICAA Chapters are bringing social sketching events online, opening them up to participation around the country, and even internationally. This weekend, join friends and colleagues in social sketching events hosted by the Chicago-Midwest, Rocky Mountain, Southeast, Southern California, and Texas Chapters:
This week, the Chicago-Midwest Chapter's sketching subject is the Columbian Exposition of 1893 . View the images here .

Forward a JPG file of your sketch to  info@classicistchicago.org  by Sunday evening following the sketch date for it to be posted to the ICAA Chicago Instagram account on Monday afternoon. Please include your Instagram handle in the email in order to tag your sketch.

Post to your own Instagram account using #icaachicago #connectingthroughsketching #classicalarchitecture #classicismathome #virtualsketching
The Rocky Mountain Chapter's newly-initiated remote sketching activity, " Sketching Benedict," focuses on the Colorado architect Jacques Benedict, beginning with the Woodbury Library . Find images here .

Post an image of your sketch to Instagram by Wednesday, April 22nd. Include a little note about your sketch and the following tags: @icaarockymountain #sketchingbenedictrmc
This week the Southeast Chapter focuses on Rock Castle, a historic home in Sumner County, Tennessee. View more images here .

Forward a JPG file of your sketch to icasoutheast@gmail.com by Monday noon following the sketch date for it to be posted to the ICAA Southeast Instagram account on Monday afternoon. Please include your Instagram handle in order to tag your sketch.

Post to your own Instagram account using #icaasoutheast #graphiteandgrits #connectingthroughsketching #classicalarchitecture
The Southern California Chapter will be announcing the next subject for their remote social sketching tomorrow. Stay tuned on their Instagram account to discover it !

Once the next location is announced, you can snap a photo of your illustration and post it to your Instagram page with your location, a little something about yourself by Monday, April 27th and tag @ icaa_socal and #sketchtogetherathome.
The Texas Chapter has announced that their social sketching activity, "Sketching & Scones," has now gone online, with sketching subjects hosted on their Instagram account (including John Staub's J. Robert Neal House, pictured). Find the selection on the ICAA Texas Instagram account.

Post your illustrations to your own account, and be sure to send them in a direct message to @icaatexas for inclusion in the chapter's roundup of submissions.

Due to Renew Your Membership?

If your membership is due for renewal, or if you would like to join and support the ICAA, you can do so on our website .

By renewing today, you will remain connected to the ICAA’s diverse programming, publications, and community, while also ensuring our continued growth and success through 2020 and into the future.
Items of Interest for Classicists at Home
Each week brings new online material to pique the interest of enthusiasts of classicism, architecture, craftsmanship, history, and more, which the ICAA is pleased to share. This week, enjoy virtual tours, architectural masterpieces set to music, and inspiration for how organizations might emerge strong post-pandemic.

  • Do you enjoy a weekly dose of architecture accompanied by music? ICAA President Peter Lyden is sharing a weekly "Visiting the Classics" series on his Instagram account. View past entries for Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Chatsworth at @peter.lyden.

  • An article in Knowledge@Wharton, from emeritus professor of marketing at Wharton Yoram (Jerry) Wind, highlights the need for innovative thinking during the present pandemic, including an observation from ICAA President Peter Lyden on the importance of verbal discussions and hands-on experience.
You can add an ICAA donation sticker directly to your own Instagram stories.

After taking a photo or video with the Instagram Stories camera (located in the upper left hand corner of your home screen) tap the sticker button and search "Donation". Select the Donation sticker, and search for  @classicist_org .
Additional Offerings
There is so much more available online at classicist.org : filmed lectures and public programs, panel discussions, and numerous online articles provide an opportunity to stay connected with the ICAA.