ONLINE SEMINAR
August 9 | In Search Of Paradise: Encounters With Landscape

Landscape painters and nature writers have felt the call of the land and responded via their replication of a place and their evocation of an emotion. But what is it that they sought as they headed out into the world? Relying on resources from the history of art, the philosophy of nature and literature, in this workshop we investigate the call of place. We'll look at the artworks of Harris, Cezanne, Turner, Carr, Hopper and Salgado alongside the writings of Thoreau, Emerson, Oliver, Wilson, Dillard and MacFarlane to trace what it is that landscape artists search for in the places and spaces they replicate on the canvas and through their words.

When: Six weekly sessions on Sundays, starting August 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern; emailed questions and commentary sent Mondays and Wednesdays, starting August 3

Duration: 2  hours per session plus email support as described above

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (Approx. US$250 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We will be using Zoom online meeting software; you will receive instructions on how to download Zoom free upon registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. Select your registration below; please use the Toronto Pursuits credit option only if you are a registered participant of Toronto Pursuits 2020 who wants to put your deposit or previous payment toward an online seminar.

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Description

LEADER

Dr. Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with over 30 years experience teaching in academic and non-academic environments, including Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Harvard, Oxford and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence, and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books book club in both Toronto and Hamilton.

ARTWORK

Wendy will provide web links to the images and texts to be discussed.

Paintings by Lawren Harris, Paul Cezanne, J.M. Turner, Emily Carr, Edward Hopper and Sebastio Salgado

Essays by Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Oliver, Edward O. Wilson, Annie Dillard and Robert MacFarlane

 

Landscape painters and nature writers have felt the call of the land and responded via their replication of a place and their evocation of an emotion. But what is it that they sought as they headed out into the world? Relying on resources from the history of art, the philosophy of nature and literature, in this workshop we investigate the call of place. What were these artists,/these writers seeking in/through the landscapes they explored on the canvas and via the world? Looking at the artworks of Lawren Harris, Paul Cezanne, J.M. Turner, Emily Carr, Edward Hopper and Sebastio Salgado, and considering the writings of these artists and those of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Oliver, Edward O. Wilson, Annie Dillard and Robert MacFarlane, in this workshop we’ll trace what it is that landscape artists go in search for in the places and spaces they replicate on the canvas and through their words. Do they seek paradise or a new genesis? Are they seeking solace or solitude? Do they hope to find reconciliation with a time past or inspiration towards a time yet to come? What is the call of landscape?

It’s everything you love about learning with Classical Pursuits — consistent focus on the text, emphasis on exploring meaning together, and a leader who asks questions to get you thinking — in virtual form.

Structure

Each Monday participants will receive an email that will contain an overview of the next session. This will include background information, links to paintings we will be focusing on, resources to further your study, and a list of questions to consider. On Wednesdays, Wendy will follow up with any further questions or information that you might find helpful in preparation for our conversation. Sundays we will meet online at 1 pm for a discussion. Bring your questions, concerns and considerations to the table as we explore the works of the amazing female artist for that week. Note that Wendy will be sharing her screen as well as having the group “around the table” via the gallery view to facilitate both looking and reflecting on the images under investigation.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

Additional information

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Standard registration, Toronto Pursuits 2020 credit