Rule Breakers in the Arts

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Bi-weekly; Week 1; Tuesday; 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
via Zoom

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” (Pablo Picasso).  Giants of the arts, those who broke, and continue to break the rules, take us to new worlds, experiences, thoughts and emotions.  Some invented a new way to view the world; some changed how we experience images, colour or movementand others explored the science of their day to create unique art.

In this full-year online workshop we will examine exceptional artists and movements from a variety of arts: painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, film, drama, music and dance.  Presentations will discuss the standards of the discipline at the time, artists’ game-changing innovations, and the consequences of these new art forms.

A list of categories and suggested artists will be sent, however participants may propose artistic rule-breakers of their choice.  All participants will make a 20 minute digital presentation.

The facilitators hope to plan in-person additional sessions in 2022-23 to encourage participant collegiality, an important aspect of the Academy.

Let’s discover and learn together!


While engaged in many roles as an educator, Sharon Harris ( pursued a second career as a fine-art photographer and exhibited internationally.  Her Fine Arts degrees focused on creativity, music and photography, and in pre-Covid times she was an avid culture-vulture pursuing all disciplines of the arts.

Patti Stoll’s ( )  career spanned private and public North American higher education as systems consultant, dean and professor of business and ethics. Her university studies of the classics, including Greek and Roman drama, comedy and poetry spurred lifelong interests in the arts. An Academy member since 2017, she has served on committees and co-facilitated workshops.

Workshop Materials

Welcome Letter

Artist List

Workshop Dates