The Dutch Golden Age  offers a close look at images by famous painters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as other 17th century Dutch masters who reached levels of excellence with their painting techniques and style that still inspire viewers today.


Social Realism  focuses on socially critical American art, including images from the colonial time period, Industrial Revolution, Depression era, Civil Rights Events, and 20th century art movements.  Learn to recognize choices artists make to evoke emotion - positive or negative - from the viewer. 

The Abstract Expressionists - What were they thinking?(coming Spring 2019!) offers an opportunity to explore the giant canvases, splattered paint and brilliant colors of the 20th century American, abstract art movement.  See what kind of meaning you can find in the works of Kandinsky, Pollock, Krasner, Rothko, and others—from this surprising and confusing period of art.


Appreciating Sculpture  offers an opportunity to experience the art medium of sculpture more fully.  From ancient masterpieces to modern creations, increase your understanding of the complex choices artists make as they give physical form to the elements of design.


Landscapes Old and New  explores the genre of landscape painting as it has changed over time. This selection showcases a variety of cultures and time periods, offering an opportunity to experience artists' diverse and powerful decisions - some subtle, some bold - as they portray Europe, Asia and America. 

New England Seascapes (coming summer of 2019!) will showcase and interpret a selection of beautiful images by several prominent 19th century American artists, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Martin Johnson Heade, to name a few.


The Allure of Watercolor  offers a wide range of watercolor images from accomplished artists of earlier times, to well-known American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. See how different approaches and techniques have achieved powerful  and beautiful results in this challenging medium.


Cityscapes  is a collection of images describing diverse urban areas and the unique ways artists have portrayed city life over time, focusing primarily on city images from Europe and America, both representational and abstract.


Celebrations and Holidays is a collection of lighthearted images from medieval times to present, offering a festive backdrop to a discussion about the creative and interesting choices artists make to enliven a scene.

Engaging Art History Presentations

Creative Thinking Through Art Observation

Art Styles, Stylistic Periods and General Subjects:
Famous Impressions   follows Monet, Renoir, Degas and other famous impressionists, exploring what they believed, how they worked, and how their creations stirred the art world, inspiring so many artists and individuals who followed - especially the post-impressionists.

The Renaissance, Italy's Finest  features accomplishments of the most well-known artists of the Italian High Renaissance.  Look closely at Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and how they redefined the language of art during one of the most famous art periods.

Presentation Topics

All about America: 
America's Unique Regions is a collection of images describing America’s diverse land forms, life styles, cultural influences, and historic events. Explore artists’ varied styles and ways of telling stories as they define our country's unique regional identities. 

Native American Journey  takes a close look at native made art objects - masks, ceremonial objects and personal items - with a focus on the variety of natural resources used to create them.  Gain a renewed respect for the depth and richness of Native American cultures from regions across America.

Everyday Life in Early America: From farm dances to labor movements, learn to interpret genre paintings - scenes of everyday life.  These are charming and often compelling visual stories of America’s growth and change during the early part of the 19th century (stands alone or part three of 4-part Early American Painting Series).

America's Western Frontier:  From the Louisiana Purchase to the Transcontinental Railroad, Americans were lured west in creative ways.  Paintings from America's westward expansion describe varied and often daring experiences of people during that time. (Stands alone or as part four of 4-part Early American Painting Series.) 

Immigration to America:  Immigration is at the root of America's start.  This selection of images powerfully portray a range of emotions, decisions, struggles, and successes of immigrants coming to America during the 17th through 20th centuries.  

Massachusetts Revealed:  Massachusetts' art tells its history amazingly well.  From the Pilgrims to the Big Dig, Massachusetts' people, events, architecture, industries and land forms are represented in surprising ways.  Experience some well-known history as well as some lesser-known events and places through the eyes of the artist - all are part of this commonwealth's interesting story. 


American Women Artists  highlights a selection of women from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries who have created stirring and powerful artwork, helping to shape our American identity. We’ll take a close look at pastels, paintings, sculptures, quilts, and more.




Individual Artists:
Norman Rockwell Remembered  offers an opportunity to experience many beloved images by Rockwell, to hear the stories behind his choices and inspirations, and to learn more about the way he worked.  Discover how clever and surprisingly complex many of his paintings are, and come away with a renewed sense of Rockwell's contribution to to the history of American art.

Mary Cassatt, A New Woman offers insight into the creative mind of one of America’s most prominent artists of the 19th century. Cassatt’s accomplishments helped forge a new open-mindedness about what art could be and what a woman could do.

The Fascinating Georgia O'Keeffe  is a collection of images spanning her long and ever-evolving career. From her early years responding to New York City’s industry and growth, to her later years expressing New Mexico’s unique, natural beauty - experience O’Keeffe’s journey as one of America’s most innovative artists.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.”

Contact: Jill Sanford, Owner, at jill@artforyourmind.com

Early American Colonial Painting  offers a close look at the simple, straight-forward painting style of America’s earliest artists. These works by self-taught artists tell compelling stories of a transitional time in America’s history (stands alone or as part one of 4-part Early American Painting Series).

Early American Revolutionary Images:  From Revere's ride to the surrender at York Town, a brief, yet informative journey into the Revolutionary War with diverse images portraying emotions and events of America's turbulent birth (stands alone or as part two of 4-part Early American Painting Series).

The Visionary Van Gogh  offers an in-depth look at the famously troubled, yet brilliant artist and his innovative paintings.  Take a close look at the deliberate and unique choices he made and come away with a renewed understanding of his impact on the world of art.

Winslow Homer's America  showcases the artist who helped to shape America's identity during the 19th Century. Homer began with Civil War images, and moved to uplifting post-war reconstruction; his work still inspires people today. See how he mastered oil painting then took watercolor painting to amazing heights.

Countries and Ancient Cultures:

The Art of Ancient Greece  is a brief, yet through overview of the amazing innovations of Greece's ancient pottery, sculpture and architecture - describing Greece's Classical time period, and setting the stage for ancient Roman creations.  

The Art of Ancient China is a selection of Art from China's most ancient dynasties, with colors, forms, materials, and symbolism setting this culture's creations apart from others.   With close observation, connections with eastern philosophies come through as well.

The Art of Ancient Egypt  offers simplified, straightforward ways to understand Egyptian art more than the casual observer.  From architecture, sculpture, mummies and tiny treasures, enjoy the beauty and mystery this ancient culture provides. 

The Art of France  showcases France’s most prominent artists and art trends from the past several centuries - Baroque, Romanticism, Impressionism, and Fauvism to name a few.  Come away with a renewed sense of the impact of France’s contributions to the art world.

Georgia O'Keeffe

For young learners (and the young at heart):
Animals in Art

Children Around the World

Families in Art
These programs are enjoyable for all ages, and are especially effective when adapted for K-2 students. Each serves as an introduction to art history and art appreciation, with carefully selected images from different cultures and time periods creating flowing, visual stories which encourage creative and critical thinking.

First-time Favorites:
American Art Explored:  Experience paintings from colonial times to today as they tell America's story - Revolutionary War, immigration, industrialization, civil rights struggles, and more. From folk art portraits and seascapes, to surprising realism, then on to abstract images, visualize America's growth and change as well as its developing artistic styles through time. 

Why So Famous?  From Medieval images to abstract art, famous creations have captivated observers for surprising reasons. Discover what's special about famous works of art by artists such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Velasquez, Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Warhol and others.  Through time and around the world, see how art and its meanings have evolved.

Picasso and Cubism explores the thinking and theories behind this world famous artist and the Cubism art style he helped to create, with an effort towards making sense of his utterly unique approach to the language of art.


Three Wyeths  looks at three generations of artists; N.C.’s oil paintings of American leaders and heroes, Andrew’s unique landscapes, and Jamie’s imaginative images – all coming together to reveal an interesting progression of American creativity. 

John Singer Sargent – An American Legacy  is a sampling of Sargent’s work, offering insight into his ever-evolving techniques and subjects. From elegant society images to informal watercolors, Sargent's extraordinary talent brought him both commercial success and art critics’ disapproval.


Ansel Adams' Artistry is an opportunity to admire and interpret the intriguing images of Ansel Adams - offering a renewed respect for his unique and visionary advancement of photography as an art form.


Edward Hopper's New England  offers a close look at the unique style of one of America’s prominent 20th Century artists. From solitary urban scenes to simplified representations of New England’s coastal regions – Hopper’s images continue to captivate viewers.

J.M.W. Turner -Painting Set Free features Great Britain’s controversial and beloved 19th Century artist, whose bright colors and unusual brushwork were a mystery to many of those around him, and yet a powerful inspiration for those who followed.

Our programs are briefly described here.  Visit our contact page to request additional  information, or for help selecting a good fit for your group. Check back - new Art For Your Mind presentations are always coming!