Historical Techniques with Simon Jensen

Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son by Claude Monet

Surrealist Scene by Salvador Dali

4-week class: Tuesdays,

May 26, June 2, 9 and 16, 2020

1pm - 3pm


This program is designed for those who have an interest in how and why art was made in the past, and how we continue to make art. During each two-hour session, we will look closely at the art of a particular period or place. Each participant will then be encouraged to create their own artwork in the same manner or style.


We will begin with 19th century Europe and the advent of Impressionism, and follow its impact on younger artists of the 20th century, particularly in Canada.


The second week will be devoted to the early 20th century, with particular attention paid to the theories of Albert Einstein,  the invention of cinematography, and their influence in the development of abstraction.

In the third week we will continue with the early years of  20th century art by considering the impact Sigmund Freud had on artistic thinking. We will study Dada and Surrealism as a consequence of two world wars, and their continuing influence on artists today.

The final week will be devoted to Post-modern art of today, the politics of sex, gender and race and its impact on Installation, Public  and  Conceptual art. We will also consider the use of non-traditional media to make art. We will conclude with a discussion about what makes something art, good art, bad art or not art.

*Participants will be required to provide their own materials, as everyone will be given time to make art in the manner studied that week

A local artist and former school teacher, Simon Jensen has instructed young artists for over 30 years on the use and importance of the sketchbook, as the artist's main tool.  His own work is included in private and corporate collections, the largest which is in the Mississauga Public Library's Permanent Collection. You can see his work here.



Friendly Reminder: Due to staff sensitivities to fragrances, please refrain from wearing perfume to class. Thanks! 


Tel: 905-372-1313


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