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School Visits

McMichael for Schools - Educaiton BrochureThe McMichael is home to a world-class art collection and is uniquely situated within one of the few areas of urban wilderness. An extraordinary place, the McMichael has an iconic presence in Canadian history as a meeting place for artists and art lovers eager to creatively explore the notion of Canada and to celebrate the country’s art, culture, and natural environment.

Creative Learning Experience
The McMichael’s highly interactive programs are designed to advance students’ visual literacy, nurture higher-order thinking and communication skills, boost creativity, and get students excited! These innovative learning experiences can be applied across the curriculum and address the Ministry’s expectations for each grade level.

McMichael Art Educators and Studio Instructors excel at managing and accommodating individual learning styles while inspiring creativity. Their knowledge and teaching skills foster meaningful experiences that engage students and create lasting memories.

Download the 2015/16 McMichael Education Brochure (pdf)

Indigenous-Focused Teachers' Event

Sunday, November 29, 11 am to 3 pm

Teacher Event
Take advantage of all the McMichael has to offer while sampling its school programs. Free admission for teachers and a guest!

11 am to 12 pm - Guided Tour of the Special Exhibition, Transforming Spirit: The Cameron/Bredt Collection of Contemporary Northwest Coast Art. Offered to grades 4-12, this tour offers students the opportunity to discuss the relevance of the rich Northwest Coast spiritual and artistic traditions within the contemporary world.

12 to 1 pm
- Lunch break and gallery viewing at leisure.

Collaborative Artwork by Emily Carr Secondary School Students - inspired by Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, created at the McMichael, November 2014

1 to 3 pm - Before bringing your students to the gallery, try out this innovative studio, offered to students in grades 1-12. Developed in close collaboration with Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, this innovative studio explores the narrative and aesthetic function of the traditional Northwest Coast formline in combination with popular Manga cartooning techniques to create a unique mosaic of personal stories.

To attend, please RSVP to Melissa McGrath, Tours & Interpretation Coordinator, before November 24 at or 905.893.1121 ext. 2224.


Visit before December 31, 2015 and receive 15% savings!

Teachers, now is the perfect time to visit the McMichael with your class. Visit before the end of the year and save 15%!

Call the Bookings Department at 905.893.1121 ext. 2209 or email

When booking, quote “I Heart McMichael” to receive your 15% discount.

Professional Development For Teachers

The Creative Learning Department at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is happy to announce a series of teacher events for the 2015-2016 school year. Each event will take place on a Sunday with complimentary admission for teachers and one guest. Attend highlighted events throughout the year and explore the programming opportunities the gallery has to offer.
The kickoff event will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Celebrate the beginning of the new school year by talking with one of our friendly educators about the new McMichael for Schools brochure. Find out about new programming options and opportunities for your class, including visiting the new Northwest Coast special exhibition,Transforming Spirit, with your students. Join a McMichael educator at 1:30 pm for a guided exploration of the outdoor art installation, Colour of the River Running Through Us by Thom Sokoloski. Stay for a special tour of our exciting new exhibition, Transforming Spirit at 3 pm. We look forward to seeing you then.
Future Dates:
November 29, 2015
April 10, 2016


Art2Go is our popular classroom program. A gallery educator will travel to your school and teach about the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations or Inuit art. Students view signature works from the gallery and engage in a hands-on art activity.Art2Go is designed for minimum 20 students and is offered as half or full day programs. Choose to learn about the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations Art, or Inuit Art. The program includes an introduction to the area of interest and a studio portion. All supplies and materials are included.

We'll bring the gallery to you and introduce your class to the McMichael's wonderful Canadian art collection!

A similar Gallery2Go is also available to service clubs and other community groups.

Inquire about booking your Art2Go talk today! Contact 905.893.1121 ext. 2209, or email us. Note: Art2Go is available to schools within a 40 km radius of the McMichael.


Enrich your visit. Prepare ahead by using our electronic and published classroom resources. All gallery programs have been designed to complement the Ontario curriculum.

Our experienced educators engage students in activities that meet specific expectations in the areas of knowledge of elements, creative work, and critical thinking. Programs are highly interactive, with an emphasis on developing visual awareness and vocabulary so students can appreciate and discuss works of art.



1. School visits must be booked and confirmed by written contract.
2. School programs operate from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. A group stay on the grounds and in the gallery will be restricted to the times and program(s) listed on your school visit contract.
3. There are no self-guided school programs. McMichael staff must accompany school groups during the entire visit.
4. To ensure student safety, visitors must agree to follow the instructions and guidance provided by McMichael staff.
5. Changes to a contract and/or cancellations must be received in writing 30 days before a group visit.
6. There is a service fee for cancellations after 30 days. Groups will be charged 50% of their contracted rate.
7. School staff is responsible for the supervision of visiting students.
8. Lunch space must be reserved. "Lunch" will appear under the "Program" heading of the contract.

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