Doug’s M.A. is in English Language and Literature from the University of Toronto where he did graduate work with Robertson Davies. He’s taught English, Art, and Media at the senior high and university level and received the McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Medal for his work on Visual Communication.


Informal talks with digital projection by Doug Cockell



We look at some famous art and artists with special attention to the real life models who inspired the paintings. We also consider the ancient idea of the muse as a source of imagination and creativity.
This is a look at the post war period brought to mind by the legendary Route  66: the diners, the cars, the small towns.  By examining the imagery, the myth and the historical basis for the myth we see the power and dangers of nostalgia.
Our search for the famous Georgiana gives us an excuse to visit the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens which were a jewel of the English Rococo..
This is a wide ranging look at the colour blue in art--its symbolic power, its history and emotional impact. Along the way we consider music, poetry and mythology.

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