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Summer Art Courses Now Offered at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens

CHICAGO, May 31, 2011 —Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens will offer summer art courses at the estate starting in June. The classes will be taught by artist-in-residence and well known Chicago artist Stephen Titra. Titra, known as an “artist for all seasons,” is skilled in watercolor, oils, drawing, and his inventive use of collage is well documented. He has taught at more than 200 sites around the country and his art is featured in Rome, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Seattle, and Chicago. Titra has done extensive illustration, more than 2,000 images, for numerous secular and religious publishers of books and materials for children and adults. In addition, he has created more than 15 large-scale murals for schools throughout the midwest. His goal is to “joyfully uplift the human heart and spirit” with his work.

“The arts and culture are, and have always been, the universal language of the heart and spirit,” said Titra. “It is the inspired human ability to imagine that uniquely motivates our intelligence and talents to wonder, discover, create, and to make leaps of faith. I believe it is our incumbent responsibility to be as fluent as possible in this language. To this end, I am committed to this mission-to teach and to make art.”

Class Information:

Titra will teach two courses this summer, beginning June 23. Titra’s classes will be held both outside and inside the Cuneo Mansion. All class information is listed below. To register for classes, please call Cuneo Mansion and Gardens at 847.362 3042.

Sublime Gardens: Landscape Drawing and Watercolors (outdoors)
Beginner students will learn basic drawing and watercolor techniques, while more advanced students can work on perfecting their technique. Students will have access to the lovely Cuneo Gardens for inspiration. In addition, students will receive individual instruction from Titra in each class. Materials not included.

o       Eight Sessions: June 23 through August 11
o       Time: 1–3:30 p.m.
o       Course fee: $250
o       Material list available upon registering

Pictured Words: Illustrating Journaling (indoors)
Many people keep journals of their thoughts, memories, musings, or poetry, so why not illustrate these written words with visual images? In this class, Titra will show students how to use the traditional techniques of illumination, collage, watercolor, and calligraphy to enrich journal writings. If journals aren’t enough of a muse, students will take inspiration from the beautiful interiors of the historic Cuneo Mansion.

o       Eight Sessions: June 23 through August 11
o       Time: 7–9:30 p.m.
o       Course fee: $250

For more information on Titra and his work, please visit http://stephentitra.artspan.com/.

About the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Construction on the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens began in 1908 and stopped during World War I. It was completed in 1918 as the home of Samuel Insull, the creator of Commonwealth Edison and a leading businessman of the 1920s, and designed by Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall in the Italianate style. Its gardens and landscaping were designed by world-renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. In 1937, John Cuneo Sr. bought the home. He and his wife, Julia, had two children, John Jr. and Consuela, whom they raised on the estate. John Sr. owned and operated Hawthorn Mellody Farms Dairy, the National Tea Company, and the Cuneo Press. The mansion, which opened to the public as the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in 1991, houses the Cuneo family collection of fine antiques, paintings by world-famous artists, tapestries, sculptures, silver, and porcelain.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.

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