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  • Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
  • Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)
    Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)

    “Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters.” This set includes Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Simultaneously delightful and scholarly--this is a must have for anyone interested in art history.

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Exit Through the Gift Shop
    When British stencil artist Banksy traveled to Los Angeles to work, he came across obscure French filmmaker Thierry Guetta and his badly organized collection of videotapes involving the activities of graffiti artists. Inspired, Banksy assembled them with new footage to create this talked-about documentary, and the result is a mind-boggling and odd film (so strange as to be thought a hoax by some) about outsider artists and the definition of art itself.
  • The Impressionists
    The Impressionists
    A dramatization of the Impressionist movement as seen through the eyes of Claude Monet. Highly entertaining and informative.
  • The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.

What About Us?

Hello and Welcome! I’m Jill Kiefer--an art historian and teaching artist--and the Founder and Director of What About Art. 

Art isn’t created in a vacuum--and it doesn’t exist for only a small, select group of people. Art is for Everyone--and Everyone can gain knowledge, inspiration and joy from it! Since 1987, we’ve been providing opportunities for lifelong learners of all ages to explore doing and learning about art. That’s our mission and our passion! We hope it will become yours, too, and that you’ll become a frequent visitor and contributor to What About Art.

In the near future, we will begin rolling out a series of free videos exploring the world of art creation and appreciation, a Visitor's Gallery, on-line lecture programs, and much, much more.

What About Art’s services also include single-session presentations, short- and long-term classes, study abroad programs, art holidays, local on site events, and online study. We design and lead one-of-a-kind programs for schools and colleges, art centers, youth groups, senior centers, adult residential communities, church and community groups, public schools, and tourist and travel organizations. Content, structure, and style are tailored to appeal to the ages, interests, themes and focus of particular groups—and the individual needs of their members. For a closer look at what we can offer, check out the Programs and Credits pages on this website.

I also create my own art—and hope you’ll decide to have a look at it on my gallery pages. Enjoy your visit to What About Art. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you!

What About Jill?

Dr. Jill Kiefer has been “doing” art all her life--and has been an award winning teaching for nearly thirty-five years. Jill teaches art history at Carter Sexton Artists Materials, Palos Verdes Art Center, Glendale College and at Mount Saint Mary’s College--in their Graduate Humanities program. She teaches painting in all media for Pasadena City College and the Palos Verdes Art Center. Jill is also the Director of the Cultural Art History and Fine Arts distance learning graduate programs offered by Warnborough College Ireland/UK. She has designed and led numerous tours, workshops, and study-abroad programs—and has developed and implemented comprehensive academic curricula in Art History, Fine Arts and the Humanities. She has led special programs in art for the public elementary schools in Palos Verdes, and has also produced several learning programs for faculty. Jill is a member of the international Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the oldest and most selective academic honor society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all fields of higher education. She completed her own academic work at the University of New Mexico (magna cum laude with distinction), Saint John’s College, and Warnborough College, where she was presented with the Student of the Year Award for excellence in her doctoral scholarship. Jill and her husband, screenwriter David Chaskin are the Founders and Directors of What About Art--a web venue designed to bring art to Everyone!


Jill's Publishing, Presentation and Exhibition Credits