ALL THE FOLLOWING COURSES ARE HELD AT MY STUDIO AT EGLINTON AND MOUNT PLEASANT IN TORONTO. PLEASE SEE MY HOME PAGE FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE COURSES, WALKING LECTURES, DATES AND TIMES.
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POST IMPRESSIONISM & BEYOND: Modern Art Before Picasso
The Impressionists opened the floodgates of artistic innovation and experimentation and things haven't been the same since. This course will concentrate on what happened between the Impressionists and Picasso.. We will spend a class on each of the Post-Impressionists: Gauguin, Lautrec, van Gogh, & Cezanne. Then we will then discuss the Fauves, the Symbolists, and the Expressionists, as well as any other major artistic movements of the 19th century, ending just before Picasso. This series will be 8 weeks in length, at my studio.
PICASSO IN 6 WEEKS: I will be offering a 6 week course on the life and work of Pablo Picasso. There is never enough time to discuss the true importance and innovative genius of PP, but I think with
6 - 2 hour lectures we should be able to scratch the surface. Spring of 2011 is the time I'm considering....it will be at my studio, so space will be limited. I will try to do a morning class and an evening class.
IN A PAINTER'S STUDIO: In February I will be offering a new studio course, "In A Painter's Studio". Acceptance into the programme will be portfolio based. I am looking for moderately advanced students. The cost will be $400/student/month, with a maximum of 3 students. There will be 4 classes per month.
ART OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: FROM GERICAULT'S "RAFT OF THE MEDUSA" TO JANE ALEXANDER'S "BUTCHER BOYS" & BEYOND Join me for a special studio seminar in honour of Black History Month that will take place on Saturday, February 26, from 1 to 4pm. This will be followed by a discussion period at which wine and cheese will be served. Cost $50.
Genius in Focus II: Towards a Modern World
In these Art Talks pivotal works from the History of Art are discussed in detail, placing them historically as well as artistically, explaining by whom their creators were influenced and whom they influenced in turn, as well as analyzing them technically, symbolically and psychoanalytically. This series has been chosen for its politically interesting subject matter, that shadows so many of the issues we are dealing with today. In all eight paintings we will discuss the fascinating contemporary research available to us now.
The Bath of Diana, Parmigianino 1524/7
The Doctor's Visit, Jan Steen 1662
Port. Of Citoyen Belley, ex-representant des colonies, Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson 1797
Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889, James Ensor 1888
Negress in Black, Jan Sluijter 1921
Una, Lady Troubridge, Romaine Brooks 1924
The Two Fridas, Frida Khalo 1939
Mr & Mrs Andrews without their heads, Yinka Shonibare 1998
for a New World:
Emily, Georgia & Frida
Three brilliantly innovative female artists rose, each
independently, at almost exactly the same time, from three great countries of
the New World. Emily Carr from Canada, Georgia O'Keefe from the United States
and Frida Kahlo from Mexico greeted the new century in diverse areas of the
continent. Born within a few decades of each other, these three women dealt,
not only with the new frontiers of their nations, and their gender, but also the
new frontiers of the rapidly changing world of 20th century art.
Art in Place
The idea of "place" is of great importance in an artist's
oeuvre. It could signify change, light, happiness, misery, madness, success, or
even artistic rebirth. In this series, places of inspiration, that have lead to
enormous artistic development, have been chosen for discussion. We will
consider the masterworks done, by these artists, in these locations, and try to
understand the reasons for the changes that occurred due to these relocations.
Holbein in London
Rubens in Paris
Degas in New Orleans
Van Gogh in Arles
Gauguin in Tahiti
O'Keefe in New Mexico
Emily Carr in the Queen Charlotte Islands
Lawren Harris in Georgian Bay
Matisse in Morocco
Klimt in Vienna
The Northern Renaissance
The course will commence with a perusal of the
delightful, illuminated manuscript "Les
Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry". Then, the enormous changes that occur with
the development of oil paint in the alchemical laboratories of the North, will
be considered. We will discuss the two
jewels of the County of Flanders, Bruges and Ghent, to enhance our
understanding of this time of splendour, pageantry, plague and fear. The artists
are legion. Jan van Eyck, van der Goes, Campin, Memling, Durer, Altdorfer, Grunewald, and Holbein are
some of the masters we will discover. The seemingly mysterious symbolism and
iconography that went into the creation of their masterpieces is complex, and
fascinating. To understand these works, as the populace of the time understood
them, connects us, intellectually, to the universal.
Ground Breaking Artists III
Meet eight great
"ground breaking" artists of the Western world. Artemisia Gentileschi,
Honore Daumier, Thomas Eakins, Kathe Kollowitz, Otto Dix, Lucian Freud,
Paula Rego and William Kentridge. Revel in the loves, hates, foibles,
and indiscretions of these gifted artists. Through viewing their works,
come to understand the difficulties and decisions involved in the act
of creation. Through slide-illustrated lectures, explore not only the
exciting artistic challenges of their times, but also the political and
cultural contexts within which they worked. Discover right brain
thinking at its best when you discover how these trailblazers
understood, perceived, and constructed the world around them.
Artemisia Gentileschi, 1593-1652
Honore Daumier, 1808-1879
Thomas Eakins, 1844-1916
Kathe Kollowitz, 1867-1945
Otto Dix, 1891-1969
Lucian Freud, 1922
Paula Rego, 1935
William Kentridge, 1955
GENIUS IN FOCUS:
As most of you know, my main art historical concern these days is the imaging of non-Europeans in Western art. My research on Theodore Gericault's Raft of the Medusa and the Abolitionist Movement has opened some really interesting avenues to me, the result of which is Black Looks, a series of talks about eight of the most intriguing paintings that feature Africans as their subject. As usual we will place these images historically, politically, socially, psychologically and culturally, and explain how they may have affected the psyches and the opinions of contemporary viewers. And we will discuss the work around the work with examples of Africans in political situations, or as entertainers, as artists and writers, in the sports world and in the work force. Don't miss this course, it's fascinating.
Watson and The Shark, Copley, 1778
C[itizen] Belley,Ex-Representative of the Colonies, Girodet, 1797
Portrait of a Negress, Benoist, 1800
Mlle La La of The Cirque Fernando, Edgar Degas, 1879
The Gulf Stream, Winslow Homer, 1899
Both Members of This Club, George Bellows, 1909
Thursday mornings, 11 to 1pm
$250 for 6 lectures.
The Impressionist Victory
Everyone loves the Impressionists, but how many really understand the history and controversy behind the movement. Who were the leaders of the group, those young up-starts who changed our way of looking and thinking about art forever? What was their raison d'etre? Since first created in the 19th century, the freshness and joie de vivre so often portrayed in these Impressionist paintings has had the ability to take viewers to a gentler and more pleasant place, but as always, there is more to it than that. Join Suzanne as she guides you, with the help of Power Point presentations, through the aesthetic, psychological, political, and technological innovations of a movement that captured the spirit of the times, as well as the imagination of artists and art lovers throughout the world.
FROM DRAWING TO PAINTING
This innovative course offers a gentle re-introduction to the creative side of life. Participants are invited to choose between watercolour and acrylic after a preliminary evaluation of their drawing abilities. As the student develops he/she will be encouraged to work on independent projects within the atelier. Experienced artists who wish to reestablish their roots are welcome.
and meaning of Christianity's earliest visual presentations are often
lost to contemporary seekers. The seemingly mysterious symbolism and
iconography that went into the creation of these masterpieces is
complex, fascinating and often inspiring. To understand these works, as
the populace of the time understood them, not only connects us
intellectually to the universal, but perhaps, also spiritually.
Experience and understand the complexity, elegance, pageantry and
politics of these visual masterpieces. We will examine Robert Campin's
Merode Altarpiece, Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece, Grunewald's Isenhiem
Altarpiece, Gozzoli's Journey of The Magi/Ghirlandaio's Life of the
Virgin, Giotto's Arena Chapel/Piero della Francesca's Legend of the
True Cross and finally Massaccio's Brancacci Chapel/Mantagna's Camera
Date: 6 weeks
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
AGO's recent exhibition, Sin and Salvation, which featured the work of
Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt, will be the focal point for
this Saturday discussion. We will consider the symbolic significance of
Hunt's use of Christian, Arthurian and Shakespearian imagery. The work
of his fellow members, Rossetti, Millais, Brown, and Burne-Jones will
enter into our discussions, as well as the reasoning behind the forming
of the society.
Time: 10am - 3pm (lunch included)
GROUND BREAKING ARTISTS, PART 1
Meet eight great "ground breaking" artists of the Western world. From the Baroque we will discuss Caravaggio, Rubens, Van Dyck, and Velazquez, then we will jump to the Post-Impressionist era where we will discover Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, and Gauguin.
Revel in the loves, hates, foibles, and indiscretions of these gifted
painters. Through viewing their works, come to understand the
difficulties and decisions involved in the act of creation and learn to
appreciate the struggles underlying the pivotal expressions of these
artist-geniuses. Through slide-illustrated lectures, explore not only
the exciting artistic challenges of their times, but also the political
and cultural contexts within which they worked. Discover right brain
thinking at its best when you discover how these trailblazers
understood, perceived, and constructed the world around them.
Starts TBA, 11am to 1pm
Cost- $270 for 8 weeks
At my studio
THE COURTLY ARTS
This course will consider the taste and patronage of some of the most intriguing crowned heads of European history and even the taste of some of their mistresses. We will time travel in absolute style as we discuss the rags to riches stories of those artists who where fortunate enough to receive the rubber stamp of Royal approval. The Limbourg Brothers, Claus Sluter, van der Weyden, Mantagna, Titian, Pontormo, Bronzino, Gheeraerts, Hilliard, Oliver, Eworth, Boucher, Fragonard, Vigee Le Brun, to name just a few of the lesser known.....the list is endless, rich and varied.
This course is filled with remarkable images, like the unusual group of portraits of court ladies in the final months of their pregnancies, painted during the reign of Elizabeth I. Theories abound. Were these portraits a response to an issueless virgin queen, and an unknown dynastic future, or the acceptance of the high mortality rate of women during childbirth.
We will discuss Art in The Courts of the following power brokers:
The Dukes of Burgundy & Berry
The Dukes of Mantua
Louis XIV -The Sun King
Mme de Pompadour
Napoleon & Josephine
GENIUS IN FOCUS:
THE IMPRESSIONISM SERIES
In these Art Talks, pivotal works from the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras are discussed in detail, placing them historically as well as artistically, explaining by whom their creators were influenced and whom they influenced in turn, as well as analyzing them technically, symbolically and psychoanalytically. We will look at other works by the artist to describe the evolution of the artistic idea, as well as related works by other artists who worked in the same genre throughout history.
Each painting has been chosen for its archetypal position in today's popular culture. In all eight paintings we will discuss the fascinating contemporary research available to us now.
We will discuss the following paintings:
THE BELLELLI FAMILY (DEGAS)
LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY (RENOIR)
WATER LILIES (MONET)
AU MOULIN ROUGE (LAUTREC)
DEJEUNER SUR L'HERBE (CEZANNE)
THE YELLOW HOUSE (VAN GOGH)
SPIRITS OF THE DEAD WATCHING (GAUGUIN)
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
This eight week series of lectures will encourage a solid understanding of the importance of some of the greatest artists in the history of the world. The course will commence with a discussion of the enormous changes that occur with the coming of the great Giotto, the prophet of light, form and expression. We will then discuss other Renaissance wonders and discoveries. Massacio, della Francesca, Fra Angelico, Uccello, Lippi, Mantegna, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo will be among the magnificent artists covered in this course. The history of a dysfunctional Italy, its great city states, and the politics, music and literature developed during this time of splendour, discovery, idealism, plague, fear and suspicion will enhance our study of the era.
ART & PRACTICE
This exciting new course creates a true appreciation of the Artist's world by combining the best of Art History with actual practice in the artist's studio. Evenings of lectures on the History of Art will alternate with evenings of art making. One of the best ways to understand Art is to try it yourself..... this develops both your analytical and intuitive sides and will lead you to a fundamental realisation of what Art is all about.
The art supplies used during the studio classes will be included.
1) Impressionism: Renoir & Monet
2) Impressionism studio: chalk pastel on paper
3) Post Impressionism: Gauguin & Van Gogh
4) Colour field painting studio: acrylic on paper
5) Cubism: Picasso & Braque
6) Cubism studio: collage & ink on paper
BEYOND FRENCH IMPRESSIONISM
The Impressionists opened the floodgates of artistic innovation and experimentation and things haven't been the same since. This course will assume a familiarity with Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir, though they will be reviewed briefly, and will commence with a discussion of the "other" Impressionists, such as Sisley and Pizzarro. We will then take an indepth look at the Post-Impressionists, the Fauves, the Symbolists, and the Expressionists, as well as other major artistic movements of the 19th century, ending just before Picasso.