Art Presentations

Participants at a workshop on constructing traditional Japanese hanging scrolls lead by Denise Laurin at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.



Would you like to take a journey into the intrigue behind the masterpieces of art history, or delve into the mind-boggling world of contemporary art?


Art Presentations: If you are in charge of planning special events for your business or organization, or if you are a classroom teacher, consider an engaging and easy to understand presentation on an art topic of your choice.


A sampling of topics includes:

  • The Many Ways to Look at Art

  • Making Creativity a Priority in Everyday Life

  • The Language of Art and How to "Speak" It

  • Imaginary Journeys to Monet's Giverny, Ancient Egypt, Mayan Ruins, Chicago's World Columbian Exhibition and other destinations

  • Geometry, the Fibonacci Spiral and Islamic Art

  • The Floating World of Japanese Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints

  • Topics in Non-Western Art and Ancient Art including African, Native-American, and Mesoamerican

  • Topics in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art

  • Chicago: A Unique Architectural Jewel

  • Fashion through the Lens of Art

  • Dance and Movement in Art

  • Color in Art

  • Art and Physics

  • New Forms in Contemporary Art

  • Focus on Specific Artists such as Leonardo or Monet

  • What's My Style? Learn to Recognize Artistic Styles Across Time

  • Women in Art History


60-minute art presentation honorarium: $75


Includes the preparation of entertaining, customized content and visuals developed customized to your group of up to one hundred participants.


Demos: An art project reflecting the content of the art history presentation can be added for an additional fee of $50. Presentations with creative projects are limited to no more than 20 participants. Materials are additional.


Demos in drawing, oil painting, pastel, acrylic collage techniques, paper arts are also available.


Please Note: Denise Laurin holds an M.A. in Art History and is recognized as an Advanced Communicator by Toastmasters International.



Past Public Lectures


COVID-19 Artist Series: How Artists Are Coping
July 16, 2020

Self Employment in the Arts

Via Be Live

Against All Odds: Women
Who Triumphed in the Male-Dominated
World of Art

June 2020

Hanover Township Center

Via Zoom

Happy Birthday, Leonardo!
April 2020

Hanover Township Center

Via Zoom

Getting to WOW! Portfolio Design;
Mini Keynote: How to Thrive

February 2020

Self Employment in the Arts

Columbia College

Gold Leaf Demo

May 2019 Midwest Collage Society

Getting to WOW! Portfolio Design

February 2019

Self Employment in the Arts

Traditional Japanese Scroll-Making Workshop

August 2018

Midwest Collage Society

Traditional Japanese Scroll-Making Workshop

March 17 and April 21, 2013

MoMA Education Center

New York City, NY


Best Practices for Cultivating Creativity

October 2011

Creativity Coaching Association Bi-Annual Conference

Lake George, NY


Who Does She Think She IS?

September 2010

Panelist on Women and Creativity

Momasphere, Brooklyn, NY


Living Creatively

May 8, 2008

Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago

Mart Center Plaza, Chicago, IL


Infusing Creativity and Passion
in Our Business Ventures

April 21, 2008

Women’s Business Network

North Central College, Naperville, IL


Make a Great Living Creatively

February 21, 2008

Self-Employment in the Arts,

8th Annual SEA Conference

Lisle, IL


Make a Great Living Creatively

October 9, 2007

The Chicago Creative Coalition

Chicago, IL


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