by Susan Hart
Thanks to a Faculty Teaching Development Grant, Concordias Art
History Department has recently started production of a one-hour video
about Quebec painter Ozias Leduc (1864-1955).
This video represents the pilot for a proposed series of 13 videos covering
various artists and aspects of painting in Quebec. The series will be
used to enhance the dissemination of Canadian art history at Concordia
in the classroom, through distance learning as a telecourse over the educational
network Canal-Savoir, and through online Web delivery.
Narrator of the video and principal investigator for the project is François-Marc
Gagnon, chair of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies
in Canadian Art and professor of art history at Concordia.
Dr. Gagnon is internationally recognized for his scholarship; he is a
prolific researcher, and author of numerous monographs and exhibition
catalogues. He is also a dynamic and inspiring lecturer, and well known
in Quebec for his many television appearances. The local press in Shawinigan
took the opportunity to photograph and interview him during a break in
the recent video shoot.
The first on-location shoot took place at the site of Leducs last
major project, the interior decoration of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la Présentation
in Shawinigan-Sud. Future shooting will take place where Leduc was born
and where he kept his studio: Mont St. Hilaire. This richly scenic mountain
provided the inspiration for many of Leducs works, now in major
museums such as the National Gallery in Ottawa and the Montreal Museum
of Fine Art.
Concordias Department of Instructional and Information Technology
Services is contributing significantly to the project through the use
of its facilities and equipment, and through the support and expertise
of Michael Keeffe and Peter Blyszczak, of the Open and Distance Learning