A program on early-20th century art kicks off the new season of the ArtScapades lecture series on Monday at the New Canaan Library.

"Modern Beginnings: From Matisse to Picasso" is the topic of the lecture by Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman, set for 7 p.m. in the library's Adrian Lamb Room.

The talk will focus in depth on the first two great modern masters, Matisse and Picasso, including the history of factors that influenced the start of the modern art movement, according to library publicity.

Hoffman and Stiffelman began teaching art appreciation in 1998 in New Canaan public schools. In 2009, they began sharing their knowledge with adults who wanted to further their education and learn more about art in order to make museum trips more fulfilling, according to the library.

Other lectures planned in the ArtScapades series include:

Oct. 20: European "isms": From Symbolism to Surrealism";

Nov. 10: "Modern American Beginnings: From Beautiful to Gritty";

April 13: "The American Scene: From Regionalism to Roosevelt";

May 11: "Abstract Expressionism: From Drippers to Colorists"; and

June 15: "Pop! From Comics to Consumerism."

Each lecture will cover major artists of the time, provide background on their life and work, and characteristics of their style, as well as discuss the artistic movement in relationship to historical and intellectual currents of the time, according to the library.

For information or to register, visit www.newcanaanlibrary.org or call 203-594-5003.