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Doing a lot of sketching for newspapers. "58 The flyer indicated that classes were organized on "continental" lines using both male and female models. There is no record of Lismer's first experience teaching art, but the studio itself was not a financial success and closed in 1910. 8-Z9 January 1908; Arthur Lismer, ninth from left, back row (photo courtesy of John Kir by, Sheffield City Polytechnic) Art Club. As noted, he developed a taste for drama and acting early in life, fed by many visits to the local theatre.
Up to the outbreak of the war, they were a group of friends who had similar ideas on painting. Lismer said of this time: "We owed little to our former training ... "62 In 1914 MacCallum commissioned Lismer, MacDonald and Thomson to paint a series of murals for his cottage at Go Home Bay. Lismer contributed seven panels, which were completed at different times over a period of two years. The Georgian Bay area provided the subject mat- T O R O N T O , 1 9 1 1 - 1 9 1 6 / 31 ter and reflected Lismer's sense of the grandeur and rugged nature of the Canadian Shield.
In 1912, he invited MacDonald and his family to his property at Go Home Bay in the Georgian Bay, area where MacDonald was exposed to the northern landscape for the first time. Arthur and Esther Lismer, then living in the west end of Toronto, were similarly delighted to receive an invitation from MacCallum, and like the MacDonalds, they moved into a houseboat moored off MacCallum's island. The following year they again spent time with MacCallum at Go Home Bay, where Lismer painted Georgian Bay (1913), a work that records his early impressions of the openness and immensity of the north country.