Art-in-Action

1- & 2-HOUR WORKSHOPS

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
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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 on which they would like their students to focus.

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 works of art from the McMichael’s collection, along with the function of drawing within various art processes and drawing techniques. This program will offer a 40-minute drawing workshop, including an introduction to basic 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

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2-HOUR WORKSHOPS

Fee: $12 per student


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 by members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries from the McMichael’s collection. 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 outdoor 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 April 30


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

Students will discover original paintings by Tom Thomson, followed by a visit to see the Tom Thomson Shack, located on the McMichael’s grounds. This workshop is the perfect mix of discovery, artmaking, and storytelling. Students will hear stories about the artist’s legacy and the Thomson Shack before participating in a 50-minute Thomson-inspired outdoor artmaking workshop.

Curriculum Connection: VA
*Not available from December 1 to April 30


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 centred around Indigenous plants and their medicinal and nutritional properties, as well as discussions about the importance of environmental responsibility. The program culminates in a field-sketching art activity.

Curriculum Connection: VA, 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.

Programs

Art2Go

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

ON-SITE GALLERY TOURS

OUTDOOR TOURS

ART-IN-ACTION WORKSHOPS

McMICHAEL FOR TEACHERS

V.O.I.C.E.S. PROGRAM

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