Geographies of Landscape Painting in British Columbia

Depictions of Canadian landscape in art have been central to our nation’s cultural identity for more than a century. In British Columbia, the abundance of celebrated natural beauty has been a key focal point for much of our relationship to the land we live on.

Examine a range of artists’ depictions and interpretations of diversity of landscapes and geographies around our province. Explore the Vancouver Island forests and seascapes of Emily Carr, and the alpine expanses of Garibaldi Provincial Park by F.H. Varley, Jock MacDonald and early students from the Vancouver School of Art. Appreciate the Skeena River pictures by artists like Anne Savage and A.Y. Jackson, and place the mountain works of Lawren Harris and J.E.H. MacDonald in context of Yoho National Park. Many other artists are also featured, including more contemporary responses to the landscape.

By the end of the course, you’ll have gained a broad understanding of different connections between the landscape of British Columbia and the art that depicts it, as well as an introduction to the discourses and commentary on these artistic expressions and representations.

If you’re interested in art, painting, Canadian history and Canadian culture, or representations of nature and landscapes, this course provides plenty of opportunities to explore and discuss these issues and ideas.

ALEC BLAIR, PhD Candidate, is a lecturer in the UBC Department of Geography. He has consulted for private and public galleries, documentary films and auction houses on the work of Lawren S. Harris. As the director and lead researcher for the Lawren S. Harris Inventory Project, Alec works with the Harris estate to catalogue and produce a public database of the artist’s work. He has amassed the most complete existing inventory of Harris works to date, with more than 1,300 images and information in the database.

Course Format

This course is 100% online with real-time lectures. Once a week, you participate in a live online lecture of 45–60 minutes, followed by 30–45 minutes of questions and answers with your instructor. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone. We record every lecture in case you miss one.

Please note: Recorded lectures and course materials are available for one week only after the course ends.

You can participate in the lecture with your video turned on or off, however all students are muted to minimize ambient noise. Students can ask questions using a chat feature, and your instructor answers verbally. You can use your name or an alias when you join the lecture.

This course is hosted on Canvas Catalog, a learning management system, and delivered by Zoom, a web-based video conferencing application. One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

Available Sessions

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Nov 2, 2022-Dec 7, 2022 | Online | $130.00

Format: Online, Live Lectures
Code: UQ073F22O
Offered: On Wed
Nov 2, 2022-Dec 7, 2022
7:00 PM-8:30 PM Pacific Time

1nstructor: Alec Blair


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$130.00 $6.50 $136.50