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AGO’s brand-new courses include digital game design, artists’ books and more

January 10th, 2014

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Each season, our education department offers courses for adults, youths and children that cover the fundamentals of art and art-making: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography as well as lectures that illuminate the history of art and where it is today. Beyond that, though, we aim to develop boundary-pushing educational experiences that expands students’ creative skills and knowledge. This session, a number of classes are available for the first time at the AGO, and we’re excited to tell you about them here (click on links for dates and more information).

In addition to the usual favourites, new programs for 2014 include:

Discovering Digital Games
This four-week workshop will introduce you to new creative practices in video games. Come in with questions and we’ll introduce you to some existing art games and show you how to create a simple video game for yourself. No previous gaming experience is necessary, although it is recommended to have an open and curious attitude about what games can be. Participants will need to bring their own Mac computers.

Portraits of Poets
This class will explore the portrait genre by working from live observation of a different poet each week. Each class will begin with a poet reciting and circulating a poem, followed by instruction in various painting and drawing techniques. Participating poets include bill bissett, Myna Wallin, George Elliott Clarke, Adam Sol, Dionne Brand, Rudyard Fearon, Ayesha Chatterjee, Sachiko Murakami and Olive Senior. A selection of student work from this class will be included in an exhibition in the AGO’s Community Gallery during National Poetry Month, April 2014. The course is presented in collaboration with the Poet Laureate of Toronto, George Elliott Clarke, and the League of Canadian Poets.

One of the six bone porcelain tea cups, English, dated approx. 1822-30.

One of the six bone porcelain tea cups, English, dated approx. 1822-30.

Introduction to Tea with Diane Borsato
This hands-on workshop with fall 2013 AGO artist-in-residence Diane Borsato will introduce participants to the history of tea’s cultivation, and various cultural practices that have developed around its consumption. Students will learn about the production and defining characteristics of the five categories of tea — white, green, oolong, black, and pu-erh — as well as proper brewing and service techniques for the different styles.

Artists’ Books, Zines, Sketchbooks
How can a book be an artwork? How is a book physically made? This workshop introduces students to the traditions of artists’ books and zines and basic book-making techniques like simple binding, assembly and photocopy printing. Students will produce/bind their own sketchbooks or notebooks, their own photocopied zines and unique accordion-fold publications. The workshop will also include a visit to view the artists’ books and multiples in the AGO’s E.P. Taylor Research Library and Archives.

Vasily Kandinsky, Sketch for ‘Composition II’ (Skizze für "Komposition II"), 1909–10. Oil on canvas, 38 3/8 × 51 5/8 inches (97.5 × 131.2 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, 45.961 © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Vasily Kandinsky, Sketch for ‘Composition II’ (Skizze für “Komposition II”), 1909–10. Oil on canvas, 38 3/8 × 51 5/8 inches (97.5 × 131.2 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, 45.961 © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Art & Ideas: Modern Art, Modern Dance
Join field specialists in informal talks that explore the relationship between visual art and the choreography and dance of Europe in the years leading up to, and during, the First World War. Spotlighting artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others, the talks will also trace the achievements of these tumultuous years as artists experimented with new ways to create art while launching such movements as Expressionism, Futurism and Cubism.

Art & Ideas: Modern Art
Join field specialists in informal talks that explore the dynamism, creativity and innovation of art produced in Europe in the years leading up to, and during, the First World War. Spotlighting artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others, the talks will also trace the achievements of these tumultuous years as artists experimented with new ways to create art while launching such movements as Expressionism, Futurism and Cubism.


Learn more about these courses and more for kids, youths and adults, plus how to sign up, at ago.net. Registration for spring 2014 courses opens Feb. 14, 2014.

Event: 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair at the AGO

October 10th, 2013

Interesting Story, 1898. Laura Muntz Lyall (Canadian). Painting, oil on canvas. Gift of the Government of the Province of Ontario, 1972.

Interesting Story, 1898. Laura Muntz Lyall (Canadian). Painting, oil on canvas. Gift of the Government of the Province of Ontario, 1972.

Nov. 8 to 10, 2013
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Included with admission (free for AGO members)

Attention, bibliophiles! We’re inviting experienced and novice book collectors, librarians, archivists, scholars, academics and all other lovers of books and the book arts to the 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, an annual event that’s taking place for the first time at the AGO.

Presented by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada, in partnership with Gadsden Promotions Ltd, TIABF is the finest and most comprehensive antiquarian book fair in Canada, featuring nearly 50 distinguished booksellers from across Europe and North America who are offering books, maps, prints and manuscripts on a wide variety of subjects – travel and exploration, natural history, science and technology – plus books for children, fine press and limited editions, modern first editions and signed volumes.

TIABF is a rare opportunity to browse some of the world’s best antiquarian books in our city. Visit, explore and take home some the treasures on display!

Hours:

  • Friday, Nov. 8, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 10, noon – 5:00 p.m.

designTALK: Judith Miller and Mid-Century Modern book signing in shopAGO

October 30th, 2012


Join us Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of fascinating conversation about Judith Miller’s life with antiques and a glimpse into her latest book heralding design from the 1940s to 1960s.

Miller’s Mid-Century Modern is a comprehensive and critical guide to one of the most exciting periods in design history and one of the hottest design trends of the moment. This invaluable book covers all of the most iconic designs and designers emanating from the 1940s to 1960s and explores the most desirable furniture, ceramics, glass, metalware, interiors and textiles from the period.

ABOUT JUDITH MILLER
Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world’s leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller’s Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books, which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers. Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the Antiques Roadshow and co-hosts the popular BBC TV series The House Detectives, ITV’s Antiques Trail, and UK Discovery Channel’s It’s Your Bid.

Gary Taxali back at the AGO for book signing

September 7th, 2011

NOTE: THIS EVENT IS TAKING PLACE ON WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER, NOT THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER AS ORIGINALLY ADVERTISED
GARY TAXALI BOOK SIGNING AT THE AGO
Wednesday September 21, 18:00 – 21:00 

Internationally celebrated artist Gary Taxali is returning to the AGO to sign copies of his two new books, ‘I Love You, OK?’ and ‘Mono Taxali’.

“I Love You, Ok?” is a distinctive collection, showcasing one of illustration’s most original stars. Inspired by vintage comics and period advertisements, Gary Taxali tweaks conventional styling and context to cast light on life’s constant paradoxes.

“Mono Taxali” contains many of Taxali’s fine art pieces and is a vivid and stunning pop culture homage for anyone who is a Taxali fan. Taxali’s imagery crosses between high brow art and low brow/pop surrealism with ease.

Join us at shopAGO between 18:00 and 21:00 on Wednesday September 21 to meet the artist and get your copies of the book signed.

Gary Taxali is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist. He is known for taking his unique characters, graphics, symbols and icons and intertwining them to produce works of fine art. His signature pop culture works are infused with 1930s-style packaging, posters, typography and advertising with original and sophisticated characters and graphics onto distressed surfaces.

Both books will be available to buy from shopAGO along with other Gary Taxali merchandise.

Celebrated artist Shepard Fairey describes Taxali as “… one of those rare artists whose work is immediately inviting and familiar, yet idiosyncratic and unmistakable …. The illustrations are beautiful both as images and fluid, abstract mark making… Taxali’s fluid integration of both illustration and art, or illustration as art, is a testament to the strength of his vision”.

More about Gary Taxali:
www.garytaxali.com
www.taxali.com

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