Art-in-Action Workshops

1 OR 2 HOURS

Art-in-Action Workshops offer students an opportunity to discuss artistic concepts and respond creatively to what they see with artmaking.

Workshops are divided as follows:

   In-Gallery
   In-Gallery/Outdoor
   Outdoor

1-HOUR WORKSHOPS

Fee: $6 per student


ART DETECTIVES 
GRADES 1 – 3

In this workshop, students will engage in hands-on art activities to better understand the role of design within the composition of an artwork. 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

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COLOUR CONCEPTS 
GRADES 4 – 6

Students will investigate the colour connections between artworks currently on view. They will build an understanding of colour relationships such as complimentary, monochromatic and analogous with an emphasis on the use of colour for expressive purposes. Set within the gallery, this drawing workshop includes a 40-minute artmaking activity inspired by colour theory.

Curriculum Connection: VA


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

Students will 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


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’s 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 


2-HOUR WORKSHOPS

Fee: $12 per student


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 an artist or exhibition currently on view. Students will investigate the unique artistic approaches and techniques through a discussion about the artwork. The workshop will culminate in a digital art-making activity inspired by a particular style.

Please note that this program is suitable for groups of 30 students or less.

Curriculum Connections: VA, MA, ST, NS


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

Students will experience and discuss what it means to create an artwork en plein air beginning with close observation of landscape paintings from the McMichael’s collection by members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. Students will 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 will follow a discussion about vantage point, landscape composition and the relationship between light and colour.

Curriculum Connection: VA
*Not available from December 1 to March 31


SKETCHING WITH TOM THOMSON* 
GRADES 4 – 8, 9 – 12

Students will 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.

Curriculum Connection: VA
*Not available from December 1 to March
 31


NEW!
LEARNING FROM THE LAND* 
GRADES 6 – 8

Developed in collaboration with Philip Cote, Young Elder and Anishinabek Traditional Teacher, this outdoor program explores the human footprint on the environment through the lenses of both traditional Indigenous knowledge and scientific inquiry. The program is centered around Indigenous plants and their medicinal and nutritional properties, as well as discussions around the importance of environmental responsibility. The program culminates in a field sketching art activity.

Curriculum Connection: SS, ST, EE, FNMI
*Not available from December 1 to April 30

“I really enjoyed the description of value and how to notice what we see.”

J. Haunder, Grade 8 Teacher, Edenwood Middle School. Participated in Art and Poetry Slam and Crossing the Line Sketching Workshop.

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