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Artful golden years

Take a look at two recent iterations of the  AGO Virtual Seniors Social program exploring Ed Pien: Present: Past/Future as well as works from the AGO Collection.

Seniors Social

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The AGO’s free Virtual Seniors Social program is a live-streaming monthly series for older adults, combining conversation with art and artmaking experiences, known to help increase well-being. If you’re a senior interested in the arts − or you know of one − read on to learn more about two recent workshops, and find out about enrollment here.

The September 13 iteration focused on the theme of water, using the medium of paint. Facilitated by AGO educators Lauren Spring and Lauren Renzetti, participants turned their attention to two works from the AGO Collection: Armand Cuillaumin’s Le Trayas: matin, temps gris (1907) and Betty Roodish Goodwin’s Untitled (Swimmers Series) (1982). 

Spring began the event by leading the group through an exploration and deconstruction of each of the works, noting the thoughts and emotions they aroused. Renzetti then guided our seniors as they picked up their brushes and created some water-inspired works of their own.


The AGO exhibition Ed Pien: Present: Past/Future is focused on memory, aging, domestic space and much more. On October 11, Seniors Social participants were again welcomed  by  Lauren Spring and Lauren Renzetti − this time, joined by special guest Ed Pien himself! − for a dynamic drawing workshop inspired by the exhibition. During their session, participants drew faces in several different ways, working from photos ore from memory, attempting to create “blind contours” of each other. 

Learn more about the AGO’s Virtual Seniors Social series here. If you’re a senior interested in the arts, don’t miss our next workshop, Tuesday, December 13, focused on the work of Norval Morrisseau and Cornelius Kreighoff.  

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