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Art Lovers & Docent Program


Do you love art?

Are you interested in 19th and 20th century art?

Never set foot in a gallery, but want to?

Are you a docent or are interested in becoming one?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the CPD’s Art Lover & Docent Program is for you.

Unlike most art courses that concentrate on ancient to contemporary art or a particular movement, this online, six- module course covers 150 years.  You can complete one, a combination or all of these at your own pace under the instruction of Canisus Professor, and CPD Arts Management Consultant, Yvonne Widenor.

This interesting learning experience includes the following modules:

The Rise of Modernism: Part One

  • Mid-to-late Nineteenth Century Art in Europe and the United States:
  • Realism, Pre-Raphaelites and Impressionism

The Rise of Modernism Part Two

  • Mid- to Late Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe and the United States:
  • Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, and Symbolism

Modern Art in Europe and the Americas, 1900-1950

  • Cubism and Futurism

Art as Political and Social Statements, 1900-1950

  • Dada, Surrealism, Supremacism and Constructivism

Artistic Endeavors between 1950-2000, Painting

  • Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Postmodernism

Artistic Endeavors between 1950-2000, Sculpture

  • Assemblages, Formalism, Environmental or Land Art, Minimalism, and Monumental

Complete all six modules and receive a Docent Program Certificate of Completion from the Center for Professional Development at Canisius College.

Join us in experiencing the joy of art.

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.” –William Faulkner