Welcome! This website has information on courses I'm teaching at the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, assorted musings on art, and my own photography, art and poetry.  Click on the labels at right to find particular topics. Thanks for visiting, and if you'd like to get in touch, it's isherwood dot barbara at g mail dot com.

Interview on Let's Talk Art With Brooke

Here's an interview featuring yours truly and the fabulous art podcaster Brooke Musterman, host of Let's Talk Art With Brooke. Find out how Patti Smith shaped my destiny!

The Art of Picasso

Please join me online for this course, presented through the Curious Minds series at HotDocs. The Art of Picasso


Belle Époque


London Eyes


The Watchers


Art Through The Ages Part I, October 6 to November 24, 2021, Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., online

This exciting exploration of the Western art tradition from cave painting to the Baroque era provides the “big picture” of art history, making future visits to galleries and museums more enjoyable. 

Discover the distinguishing characteristics and circumstances behind the creation of a diverse range of objects including Egyptian sculptures, paintings from Pompeii, medieval manuscripts such as the Book of Kells, Renaissance art including Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Bosch and Durer, and Baroque era masterpieces by artists such as Rubens, Bernini, Rembrandt and Velasquez.

This course is offered through the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. Registration here: http://learn.utoronto.ca