Detail of the engraving "Europe Supported By Africa and America" by William Blake, 1796

William Blake, "Europe Supported By Africa and America," 1796, photo courtesy of the instructor


Cross-Cultural Encounters in Art


Wednesdays, September 29–November 3, 10:30 am–12:00 pm (PT)

About the Program

Celebrate creative explorers who seek out new life and new civilizations here on Earth. Learn how artists around the world have navigated the impacts of colonialism and conflict to call for justice, empathy, and understanding.

Featured artists include photographer Edward S. Curtis, sculptors Edmonia Lewis and Augusta Savage, and painters Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet, as well as a variety of contemporary artists who speak to issues of our time.

Instructor: John Paul Thornton is the author of the book Art and Courage: Stories to Inspire the Artist-Warrior Within. He has worked with the United Nations Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been honored by the California State Senate as well as the United States Congress for his programs promoting art, personal growth, and education.

“It is a rare opportunity to learn from a person of this high quality and knowledge.”—former Skirball student