CURRENT EXHIBITIONS, Featured Exhibitions
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.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection started out as a modest four-room home, built in 1954 for a young photographer and his wife – Robert and Signe McMichael. It was designed in a robust but stylish log cabin aesthetic by architect Leo Venchiarutti (1947-2007).
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS, Featured Exhibitions
This exhibition will document an artistic career that spanned the first half of the 20th century, bringing together more than ninety works in oil and watercolour, never-before-exhibited photographs and drawings by the artist, and memorabilia collected by Milne during his time in Europe as an official war artist.
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.
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.”
CHRISTMAS, FAMILY DAYS, FEATURED EVENTS
Join us on Sunday December 2, 6, or 16 as we celebrate Christmas the McMichael Way!
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.
Looking for family-friendly activities during the winter break? The McMichael is the place to be! Children can create, explore and learn with wonderful art workshops and interactive tours.
SATURDAY ART CLASSES
An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely
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.
Adult, MASTER CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Tuesday, repeating until April 2, 2019
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.
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.
Adult, MASTER CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS, STUDIO
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.
MASTER CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
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.