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2017 Summer Camp - Ages 5 – 15

Summer Camp - Registration Form - Register for Summer Camp by April 28 and save 10%!

McMichael art camps, designed around a spectacular art collection and stunning natural environment, are perennial favourites. Discover art and nature with our week-long summer programs that encourage fun and games, indoors and out. Through gallery visits, hikes, and studio activities, campers will have a blast being artist adventurers!

Camp Savings

  • Become a McMichael member and save 10% (Click here to become a member today!)
  • Early Birds: Register by February 20 (March Break) and/or by April 28 (Summer Camp), and save 10%.
  • Summer Camp only: Register one child for multiple sessions or register siblings and save 5%.

Please note: A combination of these savings, up to a maximum of 20%, will be honoured.

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

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

Evening extended care:
Available from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm for March Break and Summer Camp ($30/child per session) and March Break Mini-Camp ($18/child per session).

Thank you for understanding that evening extended care ends promptly at 5:30 pm.

Each class of 15 campers will have one instructor and one assistant. Parents/guardians are responsible for packing or ordering their children’s nut-free snacks and lunches. Transportation is not included. Registration is required.

Order your Lunch Box Special from our on-site restaurant, Aura by Cashew & Clive. Send your child to camp knowing they’ll have a fun and healthy lunch that’s prepared fresh daily and waiting for them. (Details will follow upon registration.)



Studio Stories
Ages 5 - 6
Campers use their imaginations as they discover the McMichael unlike ever before. Children will jump into art in the gallery and on the grounds through fun and playful activities. Then they will hit the studio to create works of art inspired by personal and shared stories.

Birds, Bugs, and Bears!
Ages 5 - 6
Children will explore the grounds in search of natural habitats of creatures small and tall. Back in the studio, campers will create artwork inspired by their outdoor adventures!

Imagination at Play
Ages 5 - 6
Campers will use their abilities to see beyond paint and canvas to imagine art in new ways. Using found materials and recycled objects, campers will have fun making sculptures and mixed-media creations in this playful summer camp.

Art Explorer
Ages 5 - 6 & 7 - 8
These explorers take full advantage of the McMichael’s collections and grounds to find and study a variety of art-making techniques. They’ll also have plenty of time for fun and games in this signature McMichael ArtVenture Camp!

NEW! Mountain Hikers
Ages 5 - 6 & 7 - 8
These outdoor adventurers will use the grounds like great Canadian artists, climbing trails to sketch, draw, and paint outdoors. They’ll use their favourite artworks on display to learn how artists before them did just the same.

Colour Lab
Ages 5 - 6, 7 - 8, & 9 - 10
In the studio, campers will decode colour and use it to shout, sing, laugh, and dance on canvas, paper, Mylar, and more! This fun-filled camp will also experiment with drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking to mix-up the campers’ perceptions of colour.

Super Sculpture
Ages 5 - 6, 7 - 8, 9 - 10, 11 - 12, & 13 - 15
Campers challenge the imagination and defy gravity to create fun and wacky 3D sculptures! A favourite McMichael ArtVenture Summer Camp, it’s perfect for any age.

Get Wild!
Ages 5 - 6, 7 - 8, & 9 - 10
In this camp, children’s imaginations will run wild as they experience the world from a new point of view! Honing in on their innate creativity, campers will look at art through fun and new materials.

Painting the Big Picture
Ages 7 - 8 & 9 - 10
Campers will view big paintings in the galleries and see big sculptures on the grounds too. Learning about the creative process, they will then grab their brushes to paint, paint, and paint!

NEW! Soundscapes
Ages 7 - 8, 9 - 10, & 11- 12
Looking to current exhibitions, music and instruments will inspire creations in this one-of-a-kind camp. Campers will examine seven unique guitars and listen to music in the studio while completing a set of inspired artwork.

NEW! Art Now
Ages 7- 8, 9 - 10, & 11- 12
Although they will keep the gallery space neat and tidy while working on iPads, these McMichael campers won’t be afraid to get messy back in the studio. Digital media drawings, inspired by current exhibitions, will be transformed into ready-to-hang works of art.

The Artist in the Wilderness
Ages 9 - 10, & 11 - 12
The McMichael’s natural surroundings are the perfect wilderness garden for en plein air artists to thrive. Working mainly outdoors, campers will be inspired by the landscape, but challenged by their environment. Campers will take shelter on gallery tours and complete their final paintings in the studio.

Pop Art!
Ages 9-10, & 11-12
Using bold techniques and fun mediums, campers will use pop art and culture to explore the world around them. They’ll develop their own style and critique the norm in gallery discussions and studio activities.

Animate THIS!
Ages 11-12
Campers will create their own characters and then bring their stories to life. Playing with the basic principles of stop-motion animation, campers will enjoy sketching, sculpting, building, and more with this McMichael favourite!

Painting Masters
Ages 11-12 & 13-15
Campers here have painted before but they’re back at the McMichael for more! Emphasizing the artistic process from a preliminary drawing to a final masterpiece, this camp will challenge and develop the artist behind the easel.

Digital Photography
Ages 11-12 & 13-15
Cell phones, iPads, cameras! Technology is everywhere and campers at the McMIchael will explore the world around them through the camera lens and learn the basic principles of creating digital images. Campers will experiment and play to capture that picture-perfect shot.

NEW! Two-Week Youth Leadership Camp
Ages 13-15
This Youth Leadership Camp offers teens the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience. Working with a gallery instructor, teens will combine art-making workshops, gallery talks, and discussions to explore what matters to youth today. Team-building activities and leadership training will give teens invaluable hands-on experience.

Summer Camp Registration Details

Registration Deadline
Participants must register at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp.

Registration will be confirmed by email up to two weeks prior to the first day of camp.

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 26, 2017, will receive a refund of 75%. After May 26, registration is non-refundable.

The gallery reserves the right to cancel or combine individual programs if minimum registrations are not achieved 10 days prior to camp start date. Full refunds will be made in the event of program cancellation.

Call 905.893.1121 or toll-free: 1.888.213.1121, ext. 2216.

July 03, 2017

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Summer Camp

Discover art and nature with our week-long summer programs that encourage fun and games, indoors and out. Through gallery visits, hikes, and studio activities, campers will have a blast being artist adventurers!

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