Seniors Social: Jan Albertsz Rotius and William Kurelek

Young girl dressed in 17th century dress holding a fan in one hand and standing next to carnations, looking out to the viewer,

Jan Albertsz Rotius, Portrait of a Young Girl with Carnations c. 1663, oil on canvas, Overall: 118.1 x 96.5 cm. Gift of Miss L. Aileen Larkin, 1945. © Art Gallery of Ontario. 2804


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Seniors Social: Jan Albertsz Rotius and William Kurelek

Wednesday, June 2, 2 pm

Make new art connections and spark conversations! If you are an older adult, join us for our virtual Seniors Social program, a live weekly series that combines conversations with art and art making. The AGO believes that providing opportunities to experience art and art making increases wellbeing.

In this session we will explore ideas of childhood memories through portraiture. We tend to romanticize childhood, but for some of us it wasn't simply carefree—instead it was riddled with feelings of constraint, frustration, solitude. We'll take a close look at two paintings, the first by Jan Albertsz Rotius and another by William Kurelek, to examine how certain memories, experiences, expectations, and feelings from our childhoods continue to inform who we are today.

Please have ready cardstock and pastels or pencil crayons to make accordion portrait books exploring aspects of ourselves that have changed, or stayed the same, over time. You can take a look at other Portraits of Resilience ahead of time for some inspiration.


Live sessions will contain automated closed captions.

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