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Writing Explorations: Inspired by Impressionism

painting of men working outdoors in Paris

Maximilien Luce. Paris, Travaux, c. 1885. Oil on canvas, 65.5 x 81 cm. Gift from the Estate of R. Fraser Elliott, 2005 © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario 2005/176

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@ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Writing Explorations: Inspired by Impressionism

Friday, March 29 and April 26

Writing Explorations is a series of group workshops inspired by the AGO Collection or special exhibitions, guided by an artist-instructor. Learn to express yourself in written and visual form, building on the personal experiences and narrative strategies of great artists. Each month you’ll visit a new location in the Gallery to see a new selection of artwork.

Conducted in an intimate setting, workshop participants will be encouraged to reflect, write and share their impressions of selected artwork inspired by the exhibition, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more

Bring your own supplies: 11"x14" coil bound sketchbook, pencils: 2B, 4B,8B, white vinyl eraser and a pencil sharpener with a well to collect shavings.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and meet your instructor in the Community Gallery located in the AGO's Weston Learning Centre. Participants must be 19 or older. Suitable for beginners.

March 26: Kelley Aitken has published two books of short fiction and appeared in many literary and online journals. Her 2016 collection, Canadian Shield (Tightrope Books), earned an IPPY Bronze medal and has been shortlisted for the 2017 ReLit Awards. Her first collection, Love in a Warm Climate(The Porcupine’s Quill), 1998, was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize, Best First Book. She co-edited the anthology First Writes (Banff Press), 2005. Her chapbook, A Tree, an Elephant, Departure, a work of non-fiction about Giuseppe Penone’s Cedro di Versailles, was published by Field Notes in 2015 Kelley also teaches drawing at the AGO.  

April 26: Laboni Islam was born in Canada to Bangladeshi parents. Her poem, "Lunar Landing, 1966", was shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize (2017).  Her poetry has been anthologized in The Unpublished City (Book*hug Press, 2017), which was curated by Dionne Brand and shortlisted for the Toronto Book Awards (2018). She teaches at the AGO and the Aga Khan Museum, animating the gap between art and young audiences.

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