Seniors Social: Leonard Cohen Self Portraits

Notebook with notes on the left and a portrait of a man on the right

Leonard Cohen. Untitled (WaterColour Notebook), 1980-1985. Watercolour notebook, Overall: 21.1 × 32.5 cm. © Leonard Cohen Family Trust

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Seniors Social: Leonard Cohen Self Portraits

Tuesday, February 14, 11 AM
Seniors Social: Leonard Cohen

Make new art connections and spark conversations! Join us for our free virtual Seniors Social program, a live monthly series for older adults that combines conversations with art and artmaking. The AGO believes providing opportunities to experience art and artmaking increases well-being.

Inspired by Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows., this Seniors Social will explore Cohen’s songs which are narrative-driven and anthem like ballads. What emotions are stirred in us as we listen? What memories are evoked? Cohen created many self-portraits. We will create full-sized self-portraits of ourselves listening to his music, using a loose descriptive approach a la Cohen’s drawing style. 

Get inspired with a Leonard Cohen playlist on the exhibition webpage.

Drawing exercise: “This is me listening to Leonard…”


  • one full sheet Legion mixed media paper per student

  • pads of Manila paper

  • chalk pastels

  • India ink and brushes 

  • pen and nibs

  • acrylic paints and large brushes

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