Art-in-Action Workshops

IN-GALLERY, or INDOOR/OUTDOOR

Our Educator was awesome! She was engaging with the students and her interaction was appropriate for excited students. Thank you!”

Ms. Lippi, St. Mary Catholic Elementary School, Grade 3. Participated in Gallery Tour: Stories of Our Land, and Signature Studio: Water Quilt Printmaking Studio

BOOKING INFORMATION
Curriculum Connections Symbol
Elementary School:
Visual Arts VA
Social Studies SS
Science and Technology ST
Language L
High School:
The Arts: Visual Arts, Media Arts VA, MA
Canadian and World Studies CWS
Native Studies NS
English E
Science S

Art-in-Action Workshops offer students an opportunity to discuss artistic concepts and respond creatively to what they see with artmaking. In-Gallery Workshops last an hour and provide a minimum of 20 minutes of art activities using various gallery- friendly mediums, such as iPads and drawing materials. Combination In-Gallery/Outdoor Workshops are two-hour sessions that take advantage of both the McMichael’s unique art collection to discuss specific artists and the surrounding grounds. For a minimum of 50 minutes, students engage in artmaking activities using paints, pastels, and other drawing materials appropriate to each grade level.

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IN-GALLERY WORKSHOPS: 1 HOUR

Fee: $6 per student

NEW! ART DETECTIVES: GRADES 1 – 3

In this art workshop, students will engage in hands-on art activities to better understand the role of the elements of design within the artwork composition. The final drawing activity will allow students to use this knowledge in the creation of a personalized postcard. Teachers can choose an artistic movement or a specific artist they would like their students to focus on.

Curriculum Connection: VA

STYLE DETECTIVES: GRADES 4 – 6, 7 – 8, 9 – 12

Choose the focus of your tour: Group of Seven, Inuit Animation, Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland School, or a contemporary artist currently on view. Students will investigate the unique approaches and techniques through discussion and a digital drawing activity inspired by a particular style. Please note that this program is suitable for groups of 30 students or less at one time.

Curriculum Connections: VA, MA, ST, NS

CROSSING THE LINE: SKETCHING WORKSHOP GRADES 7 – 8, 9 – 12

Students explore the practice of sketching and its purpose within the artistic process. This workshop includes a 40-minute sketching activity with an introduction to basic pencil drawing techniques and a final critique.

Curriculum Connection: VA

Photograph of a guitar on a work bench seen from above. The guitar is lying on a piece of grey carpet with the headstock to the left. It is decorated in an abstract way in shades of blue, black and cream. There is a secondary partial neck with painted strings coming from the guitar body at a 45 degree angle. There are guitar makers tools on the bench.

Linda Manzer’s guitar as she was building it

SOUNDSCAPE ART: CREATIVE WORKSHOP: GRADES 4 – 6, 7 – 8

During this innovative iPad workshop, students discover formal synergies between music and visual arts and, in a playful way, explore the effects of sound on our visual experience. Please note that this program is suitable for groups of 30 students or less at one time.

Curriculum Connections: VA, ST

ART AND POETRY SLAM: GRADES 7 – 8, 9 – 12

The idea of artistic inspiration and the connection between words and images are examined. Drawing on the works of poets and writers whose work is featured in the McMichael Collection, including J.E.H. MacDonald and Emily Carr, students will create their own haiku poem inspired by an artwork.

Curriculum Connections: VA, L, E

Children in front of McMichael sign in groundsPhotograph in black and white of rear view of twenty or so children and one adult walking down a long driveway. There is grass and trees on either side of the driveway.

IN-GALLERY/OUTDOOR WORKSHOPS: 2 HOURS

Fee: $12 per student

EN PLEIN AIR ADVENTURE: GRADES 1 – 3, 4 – 8, 9 – 12

Students experience and discuss what it means to create an artwork en plein air, beginning with close observation of landscape paintings by members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries in the McMichael’s private collection. They can then take advantage of the surrounding outdoor environment to gain a greater sense of the challenges artists encounter while working outdoors. A 40-minute workshop follows a discussion about vantage point, landscape composition, and the relationship between light and colour.

Curriculum Connection: VA

 SKETCHING WITH TOM THOMSON: GRADES 4 – 8, 9 – 12Photo of old wooden structure in woodland

Students discover original paintings by Tom Thomson, followed by a chance to open the door to his historic art studio! This workshop is the perfect mix of discovery, artmaking, and storytelling. Students hear stories about the Tom Thomson Shack and the artist’s legacy before participating in a 50-minute Thomson-inspired painting challenge. Please note that this workshop is suitable for groups of 30 students or less at one time.

Curriculum Connection: VA