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Family & Kids - Summer Art Camp


Summer Camp - Ages 5 – 15

The McMichael has been running one of the most successful summer camps for more than two decades, filled with art, nature, and fascinating stories about Canada and its culture.

Summer Camp Savings: Become a McMichael member and save 10%. Register one child for multiple sessions or register two or more siblings and save 5%. Please note: A combination of these savings, up to a maximum of 20%, will be honoured.

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2016 Programs

Programs run from 9 am to 4 pm.
Drop off between 8:30 and 9 am.
Pick up between 4 and 4:30 pm.

Morning extended care:
Available from 8 to 8:30 am for March Break and Summer Camp ($25/child per session), March Break Mini-Camp ($15/child per session) and March Break Paper Work ($10/child per session).

Evening extended care:
Available from 4:30 to 5:30 pm for March Break and Summer Camp ($30/child per session), March Break Mini-Camp ($18/child per session) and March Break Paper Work ($12/child per session).
Thank you for understanding that camp ends promptly at 5:30 pm.

Each class of fifteen campers will have one instructor and two assistants. Children must bring their own nut-free snacks and lunches. Transportation is not included. Pre-registration is mandatory.

Download 2016 Summer Camp Schedule


Download 2016 Summer Camp Schedule

Program Descriptions

Imagination at Play
Ages 5-6

Imagine a story, play out a story! This camp will encourage campers to exercise their imagination through guided storytelling activities, puppets, props, and instrument-making, and, in the end, through the presentation of their original play for family and friends.
Colour Laboratory
Ages 5-6 & 7-8

Check out all the colours of the rainbow in this program that will bring science and art closer together. Learn how to decode the meaning of colour and use it to express emotions and ideas in this fun-filled program exploring various media, from drawing and painting to collage and printmaking.
Birds, Bugs, and Bears!
Ages 5-6

Imaginations run wild as campers discover the habitats of various small and large creatures. Back in the studio, campers will create two- and three-dimensional art based on their outdoor adventures, as they search high and low for Canadian birds, bugs and bears.
Super Sculpture
Ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, & 13-15

Enter the zone of endless possibilities of the third dimension. Campers will challenge their imaginations and defy gravity to create their own spatial compositions inspired by the McMichael’s sculptures. One of the most popular ArtVenture programs, this camp adapts the medium and the level of difficulty to the age and skill levels of the campers.
New! Here. There. Art Everywhere!
Ages 5-6

Learn new and fun ways to look at art, as campers use their natural creativity to find art everywhere!  Using found materials and odds and ends, instructors will encourage campers to get hands-on with strange and unusual art activities.
Painting the Big Picture
Ages 7-8, & 9 -10

Working on paper and canvas in acrylics, watercolour, and other age-appropriate materials, campers will paint, paint, and paint! Only the McMichael can provide such a variety of subjects and techniques, including the gallery’s specialty experience: en plein air painting.
Art Explorer
Ages 5-6 & 7-8

Specifically designed to nurture your child’s creativity, this camp takes full advantage of the McMichael’s collections and grounds to develop various art-making skills, while leaving campers plenty of time for fun and games.
New! Get Wild
Ages 5-6, 7-8 & 9-10

This crazy camp will have children getting wild for art! Discover timbered trails, inspect the gallery walls and go wacky in the studio!  Campers will playfully respond to summer at the McMichael by getting silly with puffy paint, crazy collage, and more!
Ages 7-8 & 9-10

It’s time to rethink art! Campers will explore both traditional and non-traditional art-making practices to understand how art functions today. Public sculptures, flash mobs, and mural art will all be explored, while themes about content, community, and collaboration will be incorporated. This intervention will have campers thinking outside of the white box.
Painting Masters
Ages 11-12 & 13-15

Based on the gallery exploration and studio workshop, this class will focus on various modern and contemporary painting techniques, subject matters, and styles to further develop campers’ talents using acrylic and watercolour paints. Emphasizing the artistic process from a preliminary drawing to the final canvas, this camp is a classic skill-development challenge that serves to build the confidence of budding artists.

NEW! Flashback Factory
Ages 7-8 & 9-10
Teleport from the present back into the past! Using iPads® and artworks currently on display, campers will travel through time to discover art from eras gone by. This surreal experience will introduce expression through craft and put abstract ideas to canvas while squarely supporting fun.

Animate THIS!
Ages 11-12 & 13-15

Campers will create their own characters and then bring their ideas to life. Participants will learn all the basic principles of animation and cartooning, including how to make facial expressions, create objects and move them, how to make things bounce, stretch and compress, and fall and explode! This course covers all the basics of two-dimensional/classical animation with some three-dimensional application.
The Artist and the Wilderness
Ages 9-10 & 11-12

The McMichael’s natural surroundings form a wilderness garden that offers an exclusive opportunity for campers to experience nature up close and personal. Nature appreciation and ecological awareness will be the objective of this program in which skill-building, nature drawing, and painting activities will be complemented by innovative art projects using recycled and natural objects.
Digital Photography
Ages 13-15

Cell phones, iPads®, cameras! Technology is everywhere. Campers will explore the world around them through the camera lens and learn the basic principles of creating digital images of their camp experience. Campers will learn new methods of using new technologies to create their own picture-perfect shot and learn how to incorporate their imagery in their artworks.
Pop Art!
Ages 9-10 & 11-12 & 13-15

Explore popular culture and its place in our wild, wired world. Using bold colours and modern forms of expression, campers will consider how advertising, television, social media, and the news can affect how we look at the world. This popular workshop will encourage campers to develop their own style, while discovering the effects of pop art.

Call 905.893.1121 or toll free 1.888.213.1121. For program and registration information, dial ext. 2216 or email

Summer Camp Registration Details

Registration Deadline
Participants must register at least ten days prior to the first day of camp.

Registration will be confirmed by email.

Proof of Age
Please provide a photocopy of the child’s birth certificate, passport, or similar documentation with registration.

Accessibility Needs
To inquire about special support or accommodations, please call 905.893.1121 ext. 2216.

Cancellations and Refunds
25% of the registration fee is non-refundable. Cancellations received in writing by Friday, May 27, 2016, will receive a refund of 75%. After May 27, registration is non-refundable.

The gallery reserves the right to cancel or combine individual courses if minimum registrations are not achieved ten days prior to camp start date. Full refunds will be made in the event of program cancellation.

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