A SERIES of art appreciation and historical classes, entitled 'A Journey through Art and Christianity' begins on Thursday September 20 in the Emmaus Centre, Swords.The series will offer fascinating insights into how art in religion evolved and will include references to a number of important places in the Fingal area, including the centuries old St. Doulagh's Church in Kinsealy and the Harry Clark stained glass window in the church of St. Peter and Paul in Balbriggan. The eight-week course, given by Rush art historian Mary Rowley, will provide an enlightening and informative insight into how art in religion evolved and will look at the inspiration and influences behind some of the masterpieces. Mary said: 'While it is often claimed that every picture tells a story, experience has taught us that unless we know what story is being ' told' we cannot ' read' pictures as easily as we might read a story in a book. This series of lectures aims to give a good, and easy to follow, insight into the stories behind some familiar and unfamiliar works of art.' For further information contact the Emmaus Centre at 01-8900050 or www.emmauscentre.ie Mary has also presented Art History and Appreciation classes for the Malahide/ Portmarnock areas for the past 3 years. The fourth year of these classes are commencing in the Grand Hotel Malahide on Tuesday September 25 at 10.30 a.m. Contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Malahide/ Portmarnock Art History and Appreciation classes are also starting this month in the Grand Hotel Malahide on Tuesday September 25 at 10.30 a.m.