2020 lecture schedule

This page will list only my lectures that are open to the public.


Dear Art Friends,
The public lecture world is currently on hold.
Please watch this space if you're bored, and have nothing else to do.
I don't imagine there will be much change until, possibly, next autumn.
Take very good care of yourselves, and please wash your hands!

All my best thoughts,

Since my return from France I have lectured at:

University of St Michael’s College - Continuing Education
University of Toronto - School of Continuing Studies
University of Toronto - Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series
Woodsworth College, U of T  – Alumni GM
George Brown College  
Treasures of The World Series - Art: Reflections on Society 
Humber College
Seneca College

Hot Docs Toronto
Campbell House Museum
The Arts & Letters Club
OCAD Continuing Studies 
Toronto Public Library (Deer Park, Gladstone, Runnymede, Don Mills, Eatonville..)
Toronto Reference Library 

Parsons Paris
Ephrussi Rothschild Museum, St Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Villa Kerylos, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico
Women's Art Association of Canada

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The Impressionist Victory

Everyone loves the Impressionists, but how many really understand the history and controversy behind the movement. Who were the leaders of the group, those young up-starts who changed our way of looking and thinking about art forever? What was their raison d'être? Since first created in the 19th century, the freshness and joie de vivre so often portrayed in these Impressionist paintings has had the ability to take viewers to a gentler and more pleasant place, but as always, there is more to it than that. Join Suzanne as she guides you, with the help of Power Point presentations, through the aesthetic, psychological, political, and technological innovations of a movement that captured the spirit of the times, as well as the imagination of artists and art lovers throughout the world.

Manet: Influenced by the painter and anarchist, Gustave Courbet, Manet would help bring absolute change to the deeply conservative world of Parisian art.

Monet: In our consideration of Monet we will study the evolution of the most popular idea of Impressionism. We will also see how, though often maligned in the early years, Monet became the most highly valued artist of his time.

Pissarro: Another anarchist, this time from a wealthy Caribbean family, Camille Pissarro was a mentor to many young revolutionary artists including the future Post Impressionists Paul Gauguin and Paul Cezanne.

Degas: One of the greatest psychological portraitists, Degas, like many other 19th century intellectuals and criminologists, was interested in finding connections between the physical and the psychological. Bring your smelling salts.

Renoir: The most gregarious of the Impressionists, Renoir epitomized the joie de vivre that we have come to imagine as part of everyday life during the time of Baron Haussmann and Napoleon III.
Cassatt, Morisot & Valadon: Born within a few years of each other, these three women dealt, not only with the troubles brewing in European society, but also with the new frontiers being broached by their sisters in the rapidly changing world of art.

Romanticism & Then Some

My new series will be 18th century British artists, moving towards 19th century artists in England, France and Spain. I’ve listed the artists and dates below.

I believe I will call the series “Romanticism & Then Some”

Gainsborough 1727-1788

Reynolds 1723-1792

Constable 1776-1837

Blake 1757-1827

Turner 1775-1851

Goya 1746-1828

Gericault 1791-1824

Delacroix 1798-1863

I’ll also be including, where feasible, little tidbits on Gerome & Orientalism, Goethe & The Sublime, as well as Caspar David Friedrich, John Martin, Philipp Otto Runge, and a few others.

This is such a rich period artistically that we will be spoilt for choice, so I anticipate an amusing series that may include some vintage gossip, helpful hints and advice on how to succeed in society.

Eight of The Greats

Agnolo Bronzino   1503-1572

Michelangelo da Caravaggio 1571-1610

Antony van Dyck 1599-1641

Giovanna Garzoni 1600-1670

Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin 1699-1779

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres 1780-1867

Egon Schiele 1890-1918

Paula Rego 1935-

Picasso & Beyond: Art of the 20th century

After a close look at Picasso and Matisse we will go on to discuss Surrealism, the New York Schools, the European Schools and the British Schools, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David  Hockney. We will discuss the rise of women painters, the Harlem Renaissance and much more. 

The series will start on October 11, that's a Wednesday, and run for 8 weeks. 
It will be from 1 to 3, in the Campbell House Ball Room.

October 11 - Picasso – An artist of change and innovation, PP rewrote the story of art. He changed the rules and reconfigured the playing field. Love him or hate him, he’s an intensely interesting & disturbing character.

October 18, Matisse – The elegant & introverted Matisse, PP’s only rival, was all that PP was not. A colourist of extreme daring & sensitivity, he redefined the traditional palette.

October 25, Dada/Surrealism - Dali, Duchamp, Breton, Apollinaire, Man Ray, deChirico, Magritte, Carrington & all the rest - fascinated by Freud, delighted by the occult, this group created mayhem in a world already gone mad.

November 1, Blaue Reiter/Bauhaus/ Expressionism - Kandinsky, Klee, Frans Marc, Grosz, Munter, Dix, combined to create some of the most original and expressive art to surface to this day.

Nov 8, The London School – Freud, Hockney, Bacon, Aurbache, London, the swinging 60s, just imagine the excitement, the conversation, the experimentation. These brilliant artists all immerged at the same time, in the same town. Bliss.

November 15, The New York School

Pollack, Rothko, de Kooning, call them abstract expressionists, action painters, or charlatans they created work that was big, brash and American. Did you know, it was all secretly paid for by the CIA?

November 22, The Women Carr, Kahlo, O’Keeffe, Frankenthaler, Bourgeois, Schultz, Saar, Neel, Saville, Ringgold-this lecture will mention a few of the many women that have been overlooked.

November 29, Beyond The Harlem Renaissance – Wiley, Marshall, Walker, Bearden, Shonibare - there are so many fabulous artists from the African diaspora that I’ll just leave it at that and see how many others we can discuss on the day.


You must pay in full, for the entire course,at least 2 weeks in advance. 
The cost for the 8 lectures will be $250.00

Please feel free to e-mail me for registration considerations.

Is your work at a stand-still? Perhaps you're in a bit of an artistic rut? All artists, whether professional or amateur, trained or autodidact, need advice and constructive criticism to keep them moving along the road to creativity and self-expression. Suzanne offers in-house critiques to individual artists or small groups of artists.

Cost $250 per session (approx. 2 hrs)
Please e-mail suzannetevlin@sympatico.ca to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet.

Super cool Tevlin Talks Art T-shirts for my art pals....
To order your Tevlin Talks Art T-shirt just send me an e-mail. 
Available in medium or large, they cost $40 each.
They are very, very nice.....as elegant as a T-shirt can be


These excellent reproductions of my own paintings are perfect for thank you notes, invitations, even birthday greetings. All cards are 5" X 7", have a pristine interior - you add the greeting - and come with a white envelope. To order, just e-mail me. You can pick them up at my studio, or I can mail them to you.

The "Crow Iconica" series of 5 cards.
The cost for each "Crow Iconica" package of 5 cards is $25.00 + postage.

Crow Iconica, variety pack of 5, $25.00

The "Large Bowl of Fruit (with crows)"series has 4 cards.
The cost for a "Large Bowl of Fruit (with crows)" pack of 4 art cards is $20.00 + postage.

Large Bowl of Fruit (with crows), variety pack of 4, $20.00

"The Darwin Series" contains 5 cards.
The cost for each "Darwin Series" package of 5 cards is $25.00 + postage. 


"The Weather Series" contains 4 cards.
The cost for  each "Weather Series" pack of 4 art cards is $20.00 + postage