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December 2017

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS, Featured Exhibitions

December 9, 2017 - November 18, 2019

The Art of Canada: Director’s Cut

Ian Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, is delving deep into the gallery’s vaults to make a very personal selection of works of art for his first curated show since taking the reins of the gallery. Dejardin promises many classic favourites, but also some that have been rarely seen, and some that might surprise even an audience familiar with Canadian art. This exhibition will showcase the beauty, diversity, and artistry of the art of Canada.

November 2018


November 10, 2018 - February 18, 2019

Stephen Andrews: Aftermath

This exhibition will focus on Stephen Andrews’ works responding to images of war and prisoners of war, exploring the way in which we experience such imagery through the media. Andrews’ works, which are largely pencil crayon on paper, subtly interpret the omissions and misinterpretations of war imagery, with many images culled from unofficial soldiers’ blogs and other online platforms.


November 29, 2018 - January 29, 2019

This House Was Made For Christmas

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the gallery’s founders, Robert and Signe McMichael, celebrated Christmas with a welcoming spirit, inviting neighbours into their home to enjoy their collection of Canadian art. With its log-and-stone architecture construction and panoramic views of the snow-covered forest, the McMichaels’ home was truly a place of special Christmas cheer; so-much-so that Signe McMichael was once quoted in an article, “This house was made for Christmas.”

December 2018


December 14, 2018 - January 28, 2019

Carl Beam: Time Traveller

Carl Beam: Time Traveller features a selection of works on paper by Ojibwe artist Carl Beam (1943-2005) drawn from the McMichael's permanent collection. Beam's combined-use of family photographs, images from archival sources and news media suggests the interplay of past and present in his complex experience of twentieth century life, placing the condition of Indigenous peoples within a global context.

January 2019


Jan 12 - Mar 2
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Saturdays at the McMichael (SAM): Children’s Art Classes

These popular art classes offer a creative exploration of various art mediums, encourage skill development while cultivating art appreciation, and introduce children to Canadian art through in-gallery activities.

$159 - $199
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February 2019


Feb 5 - Apr 2
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Tuesday, repeating until April 2, 2019

Painting Studio

Topics covered include mastering perspective, reflections in water, patterns, texture, skies and clouds, dramatic light, depth and negative space, with special attention given to basic drawing techniques such as composition, colour, texture, and effective brushstrokes.

$287 - $359
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Feb 16 - May 12

Françoise Sullivan

This retrospective exhibition highlights the key role of artist Françoise Sullivan in the history of modern and contemporary art in Québec. The exhibition, which includes over 50 works of art, will feature a diverse mix of painting, sculpture, video, costume and archival materials.


Coinciding with the end of the Winter Carnival in Quebec City, this festival will offer art and dance activities for the whole family, celebrating the art of Françoise Sullivan's and the francophone culture.

Accessible Programs

These special Accessible Studio Family art workshops for children and youth living with special needs encourage collaborative artmaking that involves the entire family. Based on exploring the McMichael’s collection and spectacular grounds, each session focuses on an art projects planned for various skills and abilities.

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Feb 27 - Mar 1

Pastel Mastery

Participants begin this workshop by studying application techniques and playing with colour. In studying the work of other pastelists, participants will learn how each method of application can be used effectively and creatively. Student will study colour theory, studying value, and temperature, and how this relates to landscape, still life, and other subjects/modes of expression.

$215 - $269
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March 2019
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Art Explorers March Break Camp

Mar 11 - Mar 15
10365 Islington Ave
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J1C0 Canada
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This innovative week-long camp will inspire children to try fun, interesting techniques in-studio while creating paintings, drawings, prints and more. Campers will experience The Art of Canada* while exploring its landscape.

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Mar 14 - Mar 15

Digital Photography

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April 2019


Apr 13 @ 10:00 am - Apr 14 @ 4:30 pm

Pastel Underpainting

Student will explore the diverse functions of underpainting, with an emphasis on the use of the technique to extend the value of range in artwork. Renowned artist Margaret Ferraro will demonstrate the underpainting process step-by-step, guiding students through the entire process while incorporating students’ personal choices.

$143 - $179
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Apr 27 @ 10:00 am - Apr 28 @ 4:30 pm

Colour Exploration Watercolour Painting

Explore essential watercolour techniques and embark on perception exercises that will enhance one’s way of seeing. This Masterclass encourages participants to paint directly from nature and interpret photographic references.

$143 - $179
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