SUMMER CAMPS

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With a unique combination of spectacular grounds overlooking the Humber River Valley and a world-famous art collection, the McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children’s art camps.

With a unique combination of spectacular grounds overlooking the Humber River Valley and a world-famous art collection, the McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children’s art camps. Driven by the talent of the best young artists and art instructors in the GTA, each camp involves gallery viewing, outdoor activities, and in-studio artmaking to allow campers to discover their own creative power, and meet new friends while exploring The Art of Canada*.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email programs@mcmichael.com or call 905.893.1121 ext 2216.

What You Need to Know

Program Information: 

  • Programs run from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Drop-off between 8:45 and 9 am
  • Pick-up between 4 and 4:15 pm

A car dashboard sign is provided for all drop-offs and pick-ups. Please display the sign on your vehicle’s dashboard when entering the parking booth and park in the visitor parking lot.

Morning Extended Care:

Available from 8 to 8:45 am for March Break and Summer Camp ($25/child per session). 

Evening Extended Care:

Available from 4:15 to 5:30 pm for March Break and Summer Camp ($30/child per session). 

Thank you for understanding that evening extended care ends promptly at 5:30 pm.

Camp Format:

Each camp consists of up to 17 campers and will have one instructor, one assistant and at least one volunteer junior assistant. Transportation is not included. Registration is required. Parents/guardians are responsible for packing their children’s lunches and snacks to ensure that they are nut-and-sesame-free.

Birds, Bugs and Bears!
Ages 5 – 6
Children explore the grounds in search of natural habitats of creatures big and small. Back in the studio, campers will create artwork inspired by their outdoor adventures.

Storytelling at Play
Ages 5 – 6 & 7 – 8
Listen to a story, then bring it to life! This camp encourages campers to play and exercise their imaginations through storytelling activities, puppets and artmaking while exploring the McMichael’s collection.

Art Detectives
Ages 5 – 6 & 7 – 8
Campers will exercise their powers of observation by examining works in the gallery’s collection. Inspired by this experience, campers will engage in discussions and experiment with various artistic styles to create their own masterpieces.

Mixed Media Madness
Ages 5 – 6 & 7 – 8
Painting, sculpting, printing and more! Campers explore the limits of artmaking as they work on their multimedia creations, all while enjoying the McMichael grounds and making new friends.

Mountain Hikers
Ages 5 – 6 & 7 – 8
These outdoor adventurers will use the grounds like great Canadian artists! They will hike the trails to observe natural habitats, learn how to respect nature, sketch, draw and paint! Participants will travel through the galleries to learn how historic artists did the same.

Offered in partnership with Kortright Centre for Conservation.

Get Wild!
Ages 5 – 6 & 7 – 8
Get wild and creative! Campers are encouraged to use all their senses to seek inspiration in the world around them, and to express their creativity through artmaking that defies traditional art disciplines. Make sure to pack a smock—things will get messy!

 

Colour Lab
Ages 5 – 6, 7 – 8 & 9 – 10
This camp is a unique opportunity for campers to experiment with the expressive power of colour and learn about hues, values and saturation. Discover and apply all shades of blue in this fun-filled, colourful camp!

Super Sculpture
Ages 5 – 6, 7 – 8, 9 – 10, & 11 – 12
Campers challenge their imaginations and defy gravity to create fun and wacky 3D sculptures! A favourite McMichael Summer Camp, Super Sculpture is perfect for any age.

Painting the Big Picture
Ages 7 – 8 & 9 – 10
After viewing and analyzing various paintings on view at the McMichael, campers will learn about the creative process in various painting mediums that will guide them from initial graphite sketches to finished masterpieces.

New! Folk Art
Ages 9 – 10 & 11 – 12
Inspired by the exhibition Maud Lewis: Plenty, this camp will explore the remarkable international success of maritime folk art and allow campers to playfully craft a response through artmaking in both three and two-dimensional art mediums.

iPad Challenge
Ages 9 – 10 & 11 – 12
Although they’ll keep the gallery space neat and tidy while working on iPads, campers won’t be afraid to get messy back in the studio. Participants will create digital media drawings inspired by current exhibitions and transform our beautiful grounds into works of art.

Nature Art Team
Ages 9–10 & 11–12
The Humber River Valley offers a unique opportunity to explore the natural environment and understand how human activities have affected it throughout the centuries. Campers will learn about the various natural habitats and create nature-inspired art to take a forward-looking stand to protect the environment.

Offered in partnership with Kortright Centre for Conservation.

New! Printmaking Studio
Ages 9 – 10 & 11 – 12
Campers will explore the printmaking process and all of its possibilities in-studio and within the McMichael’s collection! From lino-and-foam block etchings to multi-block and chine-collé techniques, there is so much to discover with these fascinating mediums.

Animate THIS!
Ages 9 –10 & 11 – 12
Campers will create characters and bring their stories to life! Playing with the basic principles of stop-motion animation, campers will enjoy sketching, storyboarding, sculpting, set design and more with this McMichael favourite.

Painting Masters
Ages 11 – 12 & 13 – 15
This camp is for experienced campers who have painted before and are back at the McMichael for more! Emphasizing the artistic process from a preliminary drawing to a final masterpiece, this camp will challenge and develop the artist behind the easel.

Digital Photography
Ages 11 – 12 & 13 – 15
Smartphones, tablets, cameras—technology is everywhere! Campers at the McMichael will explore the world around them through a camera lens and learn the basic principles of creating digital images. Campers will experiment and learn to capture that picture-perfect shot.

Drawing Studio
Ages 13 – 15
Considered throughout the centuries as a fundamental skill for any artist, drawing in graphite, charcoal and pastel is an essential component to this camp. From practising still-life composition to drawing from a clothed figure, campers will have an opportunity to sharpen their skills in the collegial atmosphere of an art studio.

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