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Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore

A Message from the Director

Dear Friends of Lifelong Learning,

We all love looking at works of art in museums. Though we often look only briefly at some pieces, others make us slow down, look more carefully, and take in the experience. What do we see? Do we recognize familiar images or do we encounter something entirely new?

In our new upcoming LLS class "Looking at Art:The Art of Looking,"  Professor of Art History Patricia Reilly will show us how to "see" art and engage in an analytical process with the objects we are viewing. This promises to be a fascinating class that I think you'll appreciate on many levels. 

Registration is now open for "Looking at Art:The Art of Looking." The class description and registration instructions are below. We will continue to use the tiered fee approach, where you can choose to pay $100, $75, $50, or $25. Please select an amount appropriate for you upon registering. Once again, the class will be held online.

I thank you for your interest in the Lifelong Learning program and for your continued support.

Professor Hansjakob Werlen
Director, Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore


How do we understand works of art? What do we look for and what kinds of questions do we ask when we analyze paintings, buildings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, and prints? How do we crack the visual codes of artworks created in specific periods for specific people and meant to be seen in specific places? In this LLS class, participants will explore various approaches to the interpretation of the visual arts through 1) learning and applying the skills of close visual analysis, and 2) using works of art (many from important regional museums) as case studies for understanding the disciplines of art history and art conservation.

​​​​​WHEN:  Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
DATES:  April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 10, 17, 24, and 31

All classes will be recorded for participants.

Participants will need to download Zoom to their computers to participate.

Class information - including the link to the Moodle page which contains the zoom link and other class information - will be emailed upon registering.

A reminder email with the link to enter the class will be emailed two hours prior to each class to all registrants. 

To Register and Pay Online, Please Click the Button Below:

 REGISTER for Looking at Art

To Register and Pay By Check:

Please make out your check to:  Swarthmore College.  Add a note on the memo line of the check stating that it is for "LLS Looking at Art"

Send your check to: Swarthmore College, Attn: Gift Records, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA  19081


Other Program Details

  • Courses taught by senior or emeriti members of Swarthmore College faculty and other experts.

  • Courses offered in each of the divisions of the College: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences/engineering.

  • No grades, no academic credit, just learning for learning's sake.

  • Open to everyone: alumni, their adult family, friends, Swarthmore College staff, and all friends of the College are welcome.

  •  Virtual classes are not limited in number of participants.

Questions?  For questions about course material, contact Professor Hansjakob Werlen at For all other questions, contact Meghan at

Thank you for your support of Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore.