Art-in-Action Workshops

1 OR 2 HOUR SESSIONS

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

In-Gallery Workshops are available for one or two-hour sessions 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 surrounding grounds and the opportunity to discuss specific artists in the McMichael’s unique art collection. For a minimum of 50 minutes, students engage in artmaking activities using paints, pastels, iPads, and other drawing materials appropriate to each grade level.

IN-GALLERY WORKSHOPS: 1 HOUR

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 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.

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

Curriculum Connection: VA

NEW!
COLOUR CONCEPTS
GRADES 4 – 6

Students will investigate colour connections throughout the 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. This drawing workshop taking place in the gallery 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 works are 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 

IN-GALLERY WORKSHOPS: 2 HOURS

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 a contemporary artist currently on view. Students will investigate the unique approaches and techniques through discussion revolving around the work itself. 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 at one time.

Curriculum Connections: VA, MA, ST, NS

COMBINATION IN-GALLERY/OUTDOOR WORKSHOPS: 2 HOURS

Fee: $12 per student

EN PLEIN AIR ADVENTURE
GRADES 1 – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 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 Collection. They 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 – 6, 7 – 8, 9 – 12

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

Children in front of McMichael sign in grounds

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS 

All Tours, Art-in-Action Workshops, and Signature Studios can be applied across various areas of the curriculum. Use the legend below to identify curriculum connections within each program to ensure all your expectations are met.

“What an inspiring day! Our educator was patient, creative and positive. My kids love art more because of this!”

Mrs. Bell, St. Andrew Elementary School, Grade 2. Participated in Signature Studio: Landscape Painting Studio