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Conversations Masterworks from the Collection

This selection of works from our permanent collection aims to convey something of its current breadth, taking particular pleasure in placing apparently disparate works in creative conversation with one another.  Featuring works by Kenojuak Ashevak, Rebecca Belmore, Edward Burtynsky, Franklin Carmichael, Emily Carr, Kim Dorland, Sorel Etrog, Paterson Ewen, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, Gershon Iskowitz, A.Y. Jackson, Cornelius Krieghoff, Jean Paul Lemieux, Arthur Lismer, An Te Liu, Zachari Logan, Helen McNicoll, David Ruben Piqtoukun, David Milne, Michael Snow, Tom Thomson and others.

Living with Art Program-Group Booking

Living with Art - Group Booking Accessible Program for Adults Living with Exceptionalities Offered to organized and private groups, Living with Art is a series of interactive programs supporting experiential learning and skill development through guided art and nature explorations, hands-on workshops and enjoyable social activities. Each three-hour session features a distinctive [...]

Cobalt: A Mining Town and the Canadian Imagination

Cobalt: A Mining Town and the Canadian Imagination November 18 to April 21, 2024 About the Exhibition Cobalt, Ontario—some 500 kilometres north of Toronto—was established in 1904 following the discovery of rich silver, cobalt, ore, and nickel deposits. At peak production in 1911, Cobalt provided approximately one eighth of the world's [...]

Moridja Kitenge Banza: Topographies

Moridja Kitenge Banza: Topographies Nov 18, 2023 – April 21, 2024 About the Exhibition Using gestural brushwork, bold colour, and the contours observed in the palm of his own hand, the lush paintings of Montreal-based artist Moridja Kitenge Banza reveal the impacts of resource extraction in his home country of the Democratic [...]

Ghosts of Canoe Lake: New Work by Marcel Dzama

Ghosts of Canoe Lake: New Work by Marcel Dzama December 9, 2023 – June 9, 2024 About the Exhibition Marcel Dzama's delicate and fantastical drawings made with ink, watercolour paint and root beer catapulted the Winnipeg-born artist to international fame in the late 1990s. Since then, [...]

Bertram Brooker: When We Awake!

This exhibition examines the career of Bertram Brooker (1888–1955), the first Canadian artist to exhibit abstract paintings, in 1927. Curated by Michael Parke-Taylor, the exhibition is the first comprehensive presentation of Brooker’s oeuvre in almost half a century, gathering his diverse work in painting, drawing, and sculpture and highlighting his activities as one of the country’s leading art critics and journalists. The exhibition emphasizes Brooker’s variety in style and subject matter, and includes lyrical abstractions, exacting realistic nudes, geometric cubist still-lifes, and surreal graphic illustrations. Bertram Brooker: When We Awake! offers a rare vantage point on a pivotal figure in Canadian cultural history.

The Subtle Body: Betty Goodwin and David Altmejd from the Collection of Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex

Highlighting an important recent gift from Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex, this exhibition pairs the work of the late Montreal artist Betty Goodwin (1923–2008) with contemporary artist David Altmejd (b. 1974). Both artists express a deep humanism through their artwork, relying on inventive use of materials and imagery to reflect on memory, loss and the ephemerality of life. The exhibition includes works by Goodwin from the 1950s through to the 2000s and a major sculptural work by Altmejd produced in 2007, the year he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.

Artful Yoga

Saturdays, ongoing. Unwind with a restorative morning yoga session at the McMichael with views over the Humber River Vallery. Registered Yoga Teacher Rina Morra will lead gentle sessions of Vinyasa flow yoga to awaken the mind and body.

Abstract Painting Workshop with Lydia Panart

Workshop offers artists the opportunity to explore and expand their artistic vocabulary into the abstract realm. Artist and instructor Lydia Panart will guide participants through the process of examining a provided image from different points of view to develop a personalized, abstract response. Through visual explanations, technique demonstrations, and one-on-one feedback, Lydia will help students discover the layering process that is crucial to bring their images to life. This program is suitable for those with previous painting experience looking to enhance their artistic voice.

March Break Camps 2024

MARCH BREAK CAMPS Not a member yet? Join today for immediate savings on camps, classes and more! Mini Art Explorers | Ages 5 to 6 From 9 am to 5 pm | In-person 3-day camp: March 11 to 13, 2024 Fee: $250 McMichael Members; $312 General Public 2-day camp: March 14 [...]

Family Storytelling Tours for March Break

Family Storytelling Tours for March break About the Tours From March 11 to 15 the whole family is invited to stop by the McMichael for a Storytelling Circle that explores a different exhibition and theme each day at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. Our expert storytellers [...]

Tafelmusik Chamber Series: Divertimento

Tafelmusik at the McMichael: CHAMBER 2 — Showcasing the three lowest members of the string family, the music presented in this concert is centred around the musical genre of the “divertimento,” from the Italian divertire “to amuse.” This often light-hearted music was frequently played at social functions, sometimes outdoors, bringing people together to delight and revel in the antics of the performers. Works of the late 18th and early 19th centuries by composers including Beethoven, Rossini, and Michael Haydn display humour and wit in this concert of duos and trios.

In-Person Oil Painting Weekend with Judy Sherman

This in-person weekend program will offer artists of all skill levels an intensive weekend of study in oil painting technique.  Artist Judy Sherman will cover a wide range of skills, including how to understand values, composition, colour, shape, form, and lighting, as well as how to apply effective brush techniques and more. Through demonstrations, painting exercises, and one-on-one feedback, students will learn to view and analyze the world as a visual artist.  Sherman will guide participants through basic techniques and explain how they can apply finishing touches to take their work to the next level.

Family Sunday Green Extravaganza

Green Extravaganza While St. Patrick’s Day has its roots in Ireland, , this March festival has spread around the world as a green extravaganza of good times, art, music, and dancing. This Family Sunday, explore spring rites and traditions from around the world, with a particular focus on the [...]

Owning Yellow Virtual Artist’s Talk

Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm join McMichael Executive Director and Chief Curator Sarah Milroy for a virtual artist’s talk with Toronto-based visual artist Sandra Brewster about her work Owning Yellow (2023), which was recently acquired by the gallery. Milroy and Brewster will discuss the artist’s unique photo-based practice and the importance of identity, cultural memory, and representation in contemporary art.

In-Person Acrylic Painting Studio with Andrew Cheddie Sookrah

Using live demonstrations and hands-on exercises, Sookrah will guide students through the painting process in a preferred degree of abstraction and subject matter. Students will learn about tools and materials used in acrylic artmaking and, through skill-building exercises, gain a solid understanding of effective use of brushstrokes, shading, and composition. Beginner artists are welcome to join this class! Basic drawing techniques, perspective, composition, colour, texture, use of material will be covered.

Saturday Art Classes

REGISTRATION COMING SOON Saturdays at the McMichael (SAM): Children's Art Classes In-person Ages: 5 to 12 Saturdays: 10 am to 12 pm, and 1 to 3 pm EST. Fee per 8-week session: Members Price: $256 Public Price: $320 AVAILABLE DATES Spring: March 23 to May 18, 2024 [...]

Sunday Sip and Create

Relax and unwind with a sociable Sunday afternoon of artmaking at the McMichael, sustained by warm coffee or tea served in heritage china, sweet treats and sparkling beverages. This informal artmaking class is designed for artists of all skill levels and is led by experienced instructors who specialize in different mediums and subject areas.

Online Oil Painting Studio with Judy Sherman

This virtual studio experience led by artist Judy Sherman will offer instruction to emerging artists on working with the challenging but rewarding medium of oil paint. Sherman will guide participants through basic techniques and demonstrate how to apply advanced finishing touches to take their work to the next level. Through live demonstrations in oils, painting exercises, and individual coaching on the works in progress, students will learn how to see the world as an artist and how to use build a toolkit of skills to work comfortably in oil. Sherman will cover a wide range of painting skills and topics, including how to understand value, composition, colour, shape, form, lighting, brush technique and much more.

Watercolour Explorations: Discovering the Polar Regions and Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest with David McEown

Join award-winning artist David McEown as he guides visitors through the landscapes of the Arctic, Antarctica and Canada’s West Coast wilderness on his travels as a working artist. In this multimedia presentation David will share stories of wildlife encounters, observations of climate change, and the artistic challenges of working on location. After the presentation, enjoy an hour-long watercolour demonstration and technical talk as David discusses the evolution of a sketch into Spirit of the Forest, his new watercolour mural.