Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven

The Group of Seven, also known as the Algonquin School, was a group of Canadian painters formed in 1920. Believing that a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature the Group of Seven is best known for paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape.  They initiated the first major Canadian artistic movement.

 

Series Date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 to Thursday, April 6, 2017
Price: 
45.00 CAD
Product variations: 
Title:
Call of the North: The Formative Years of the Group of Seven
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Date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

Designed as an overview of the decade leading to the establishment of the Group of Seven, this presentation will focus on the individual artists' stories and careers and examine the pivotal role Tom Thomson played during the formative years of the Group. 

About the lecturer 

Anna Stanisz

Anna Stanisz is the McMichael Associate Director, Creative Learning & Programs.  She holds Masters’ Degrees in Art History and Archeology from the University Sorbonne in Paris.  Prior to joining the McMichael Anna worked in Poland as an assistant curator at the National Museum in Krakow.  In addition to lecturing regularly on historical Canadian art, Anna is in charge of the development of school and public programs for the McMichael Gallery.

 

Title:
Art for a Nation: Group of Seven and the Canadian Art Movement
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Date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

One of the most successful Canadian art narratives, the story of the Group of Seven, is tightly entwined with the country's developing national identity. This presentation  explores the history of the Group of Seven within the 1920’s postwar social and political climate and will highlight the distinctive artistic careers of the Group's members. 

 

About the lecturer 

Anna Stanisz

Anna Stanisz is the McMichael Associate Director, Creative Learning & Programs.  She holds Masters’ Degrees in Art History and Archeology from the University Sorbonne in Paris.  Prior to joining the McMichael Anna worked in Poland as an assistant curator at the National Museum in Krakow.  In addition to lecturing regularly on historical Canadian art, Anna is in charge of the development of school and public programs for the McMichael Gallery.

 

Title:
Following in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven
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Date: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

For close to 40 years Sue and Jim Waddington have been on a quest to locate and photograph landscapes which inspired the Group of Seven.  Their presentation shows photographs of the current appearance of many of the famous sites in Ontario, Yukon and Nunavut and compares these photographs with the artists’ impressions of the same scenes.

 

 

About the lecturer 

Jim and Sue Waddington

Sue Waddington is a retired nurse and an award winning, rug hooking artist.  Sue and her husband, Jim have canoed extensively throughout Canada’s wilderness and  wrote “ In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven.”

Jim Waddington is a retired physics professor from McMaster University who likes maps and the sport of orienteering.  In 2003, he received the McMaster University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Title:
The Natural World: Tom Thomson's Inspiration
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Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

Phil Chadwick, a professional meteorologist, has always been intrigued by the influence of weather on the paintings of Tom Thomson.  In this lecture he demonstrates Tom Thomson’s keen observation and understanding of the natural world through Creative Scene Investigation (CSI), which is the application of forensic meteorology to sleuth out weather details hidden within the paintings.

 

About the lecturer 

Phil Chadwick

Phil Chadwick trained at Queen’s University as a nuclear physicist.  Known as “Phil the Forecaster” he has been a professional meteorologist since 1976.  He is also an artist with a passion for life and the environment whose simple desire is to capture the essence of his subject with lots of colour and bold strokes.

 

Title:
Lawren Harris: Landscape and Beyond
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Date: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

This lecture describes the unfolding of Lawren Harris’s career and shows how and why he abandoned landscape painting in the latter part of his career.  The argument is made that although Harris is in many ways the founder of the Group of Seven, his aesthetics were fundamentally different from other members of the group.

 

About the lecturer 

James King

James King is the author of six novels and nine biographies, the subjects of which include William Blake, Margaret Lawrence, Jack McClelland, Farley Mowat and Lawren Harris.  James King is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

 

Title:
More than a Gallery: a Portrait of the Community
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Date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

Behind each work of art there is a story. The Tom Thomson Art Gallery’s Collection is not just what we can see on the front of the artwork, but also tells us about the people behind the artwork- the artist who created it, the donor who gave it and the community volunteer who sat on a committee to help get it. These are the real stories art works tell us about the Owen Sound community who built the gallery.

 

About the lecturer 

David Huff

David Huff, Curator of Collections, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, is responsible for the care of and public engagement with the gallery’s art collection.  David joined the gallery in 1989 and has educated tens of thousands of children and adults about Canadian art.  He lectures on Tom Thomson and his art across Ontario and continues his research into the life and times of this mythic Canadian artist.