Arthur Lismer, Visionary Art Educator

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 21, 2002 - Art - 447 pages
Arthur Lismer, well-known member of the Group of Seven, was also one of Canada's most innovative educators. Using previously untapped correspondence and papers as well as interviews with Lismer's teaching colleagues, child students, and art students, Angela Nairne Grigor examines Lismer's Arts and Crafts Movement background in his native England, the evolution of the humanistic ideas and ideals that guided his work as both an artist and a teacher, and his international influence as an educator. She gives a vivid portrait of his approach to teaching in an illustrious fifty-year career that took him from Toronto to Halifax, Montreal, New York, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and during which he played a pivotal role in the development of some of Canada's most important art schools and museums. Lismer pioneered new progressive ideas in art education through his work with children as educational supervisor at the Art Gallery of Toronto and, later, at Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts. In exploring Lismer's development as an educator, Grigor traces the history of art education in twentieth-century Canada and charts changing attitudes towards children and art. Lismer emerges as an artist with a social conscience who captured the hearts and minds of the thousands who heard him speak or were fortunate enough to have been his students. Arthur Lismer, Visionary Art Educator includes over a dozen drawings from Lismer's teaching and lecture notes that have not been previously published.
 

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Contents

The Early Years Sheffield 18851911
7
The First Step on the Ladder Toronto 19111916
20
The Victoria School of Art and Design Halifax 19161919
33
Toronto 19191927
45
The Art Gallery of Toronto 19271938
82
Educational Touring 19361940
133
Montreal 19401969
169
Epilogue
217
Lismers Development as an Educator 19191927
248
Museum Education 19271938
279
Educator in Transition 19361940
305
Lismers Mature Pedagogy in the Field of Art Education 19401969
321
Conclusion
347
A Chronology of Arthur Lismers Life
351
Notes
357
Bibliography
421

ARTHUR LISMERS IDEAS IN EDUCATION
219
Lismers Education in Art 18901905
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The Ontario Teachers Summer Courses in Art 19151916
234
Lismers Early Philosophy of Education 19161919
237
Credits for Drawings Used at Beginning and End of Chapters
441
Index
443
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