McMichael - Canadian Art | Collection d'art Canadien

Public Programs - Community Talks

These tours and workshops are the perfect opportunity to discover McMichael’s extraordinary collection and special exhibitions, and engage in art making in the company of a group.


Canadian Stories
Discover the fascinating story of the McMichael and learn more about the permanent collection through the unique histories of Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Norval Morrisseau and other Aboriginal and Inuit artists who were often visitors, artistsin- residence, as well as friends of the McMichaels.

Fee: $15 per person. Offered in English and French.

Watercolour Crayon Workshop with Tour
This workshop, inspired by the art of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, is an introduction to landscape painting. Participants will learn about the context in which the works were created as well as interesting approaches to creating their own landscapes.

Fee: $45 per person. Materials Included.

Printmaking Workshop with Tour
The focus of this program is Inuit printmaking, including how it was introduced into the Canadian North. Participants will learn about and view a number of world renowned images produced between the 1950s and the present day. They will receive instruction on how to create prints based on the principles discussed in the gallery.

Fee: $45 per person. Materials Included.

Acrylic Workshop with Tour                                                                    
This program focuses on landscape and introduces the medium of acrylic paint. The gallery tour will cover works by iconic Canadian landscape painters, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, and their contemporaries. Several different painting techniques will be demonstrated during the program’s studio component.

Fee:  $45 per person. Materials Included.

A minimum of 15 participants is required. For smaller groups, a base charge will apply. All programs are three hours in duration and combine a studio with a gallery tour. Fee includes gallery admission ($15 value).

Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse
This special tour is an opportunity to travel back to one of the most exciting moments in art history— the turn of the twentieth century in Paris. Discover two Canadian avant-garde artists connected to Henri Matisse‘s circle, James W. Morrice and John Lyman, and the modernist artistic adventure that led them to paint on three continents in their quest to capture light in their work.

Fee: $15 per person. Available October 14, 2014 to January 4, 2015. Offered in English and French.

Eyes on Québec
The rich cultural heritage of Québec is strongly represented at the McMichael through the work of francophone artists such as Marc-Auréle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Marc-Auréle Fortin, Clarence Gagnon, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jean Paul Lemieux, and their Englishspeaking contemporaries, including A.Y. Jackson, Helen McNicoll, Ann Savage, and Randolph Hewton. Discover the McMichael's fascinating Québécois side through a guided tour that focuses on the friendships and interactions between these two distinct cultural worlds.

Fee: $15 per person. Available November 7, 2014 to February 1, 2015. Offered in English and French.

That Reminds Me    
A program for adult visitors with special needs. 

Engagement with art offers significant benefits for individuals living with dementia. The intellectual stimulation allows participants to access experiences and long-term memories. Tours are 100 minutes in length, including time for introductions, orientation, and a relaxed conclusion to the program. This program can be further customized to meet specific needs.

Fee: $15 per person. Smaller groups can be accommodated. Registration is complimentary for caregivers.

Booking Information
All charges are at Canadian rates at time of booking. Prices include taxes and are subject to change. Advanced reservations are required. Contact Michael Brown at 905.893.1121 ext. 2536 or email

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