Art Lectures

Not everyone is interested in the practise of making art.  A great many people are interested learning about art from the armchair!  In addition to offering art instruction classes, I have also developed six-part lecture series’ with a focus on Art History that is geared toward an adult population.

The following lectures are available both as a series of six parts, or as an individual presentation.

This six-part lecture series reviews the painting,  sculpture, and architecture of works created by early humans from the beginnings of early human migration out of Africa, through the rising settlements along the Mesopotamian and Egyptian river valleys, to the classical origins of Greece and Rome, and the Native peoples of North America.

Each lecture involves a digital slide presentation with discussion. Allowing for a half time break, each presentation is  1 1/2 to 2 hours in duration.  If your group is interested in a presentation of the following topics please make yourself known through the contact form.
Lecture #1:  The Old Stone Age begins with an archeological study of how early humans populated the earth, citing carbon dated stone tools as evidence of human activity 2.3 million years ago, with human migrations following eastward and north and into our continent. We will look at artifacts and images created by our early ancestors.

Lecture #2: Mesopotamia, the land located between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers is the modern day Iraq. Taken over by various city states during its’ early period, we can marvel at the artworks and stories that came out of this time.

Lecture #3: Egypt, built around the Nile River in Northern Africa, enjoyed a relatively stable dynastic progression. In this lecture we will explore the hieroglyphics , pyramids and mummies that make Egypt so compelling.

Lecture #4: Ancient Greek history began around 500 BC and included three major periods of artistic  growth. We will focus on the Greek achievements in vase design, sculpture and architecture.

Lecture #5: Rome rose to power around 500 years B.C.E. conquering its neighbouring city states and absorbing those cultural influences to produce a distinctly Roman art style. In this series we will examine Rome’s achievements in architecture and sculpture.

Lecture #6: The Non European cultures  (aka Non-Western) include those of Africa, India, Asia, Mesoamerica, and the North American Native peoples. My presentation will touch on the African and North American Native cultures.

Animals have been loved for their beauty and for their companionable attributes.  I have prepared a series of lectures that follow symbolic depictions of cats, dogs, horses, fish birds, and monsters through the major world cultures of art history.  With the intent of enlightening our own ideas about our culture, I hope the series will cause you to reflect upon your beliefs about animals today (… are black cats really unlucky, and, what do you remember people saying about crows?)

Each Art History digital slide presentation identifies one animal group and generally follows it through major artistic historical periods. Allowing for a half time break, estimate between 1 1/2 to 2 hours for each presentation.  Individual lectures are also available in PDF format. It is my hope you will enjoy this presentation of animals through art history:

Lecture #1: Felines

Lecture #2: Canines

Lecture #3: Equines

Lecture #4: Birds

Lecture #5: Fish

Lecture #6: Monsters

Lectures in Design Theory will be available in 2016.  This six part series will focus on the Elements and Principles of design as applied to the art of the 20th Century.

These lectures are best presented by myself using digital presentation equipment to groups of interested people.  That being said, some lectures can be provided to you in PDF format for personal viewing.