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NEW McMichael Virtual Classroom programs available!
The 2020-21 school year coincides with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, presenting parents, students and educators with a number of unprecedented new challenges. The McMichael is committed to meeting these challenges with new policies for school programming that incorporate public health guidelines and safety measures, including timed visits, group capacity, social distancing, uni-directional travel through gallery spaces, and mandatory face masks. To help keep students and teachers safe, the McMichael will be open exclusively to school groups every Tuesday and Wednesday, days on which the Gallery is closed to the public.
The McMichael offers a unique learning experience that addresses a variety of curriculum expectations, incorporating an invigorating synergy between art, nature and history. In addition to on-site visits to tour the permanent collection and special exhibitions, a new group of Virtual Classroom and Art2Go in-school studio programs have been added to address the reality of current challenges that facing educators looking to share the wonders of artistic learning with their students while keeping their classes safe. These programs can be booked any day of the week.
In the fall of 2020, the McMichael continues to celebrate the centenary of the Group of Seven’s first exhibition with “A Like Vision”: The Group of Seven at 100, a landmark exhibition showcasing more than 300 works by the Group of Seven from beloved masterpieces to some lesser-known surprises from the McMichael’s extensive permanent collection. To make this exhibition accessible to schools, our Creative Learning department has developed a new Virtual Classroom package which combines digital guided viewings of artwork by the Group of Seven with a virtual landscape studio using simple art materials available at home or in a school environment.
The McMichael will also offer a similar package about Indigenous art and centered around two upcoming important exhibitions: Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth (the art of Christi Belcourt) and Early Days: Collecting Indigenous Art at the McMichael. An additional virtual gallery tour of these exhibitions will be offered for secondary school students, as well a specific tour of Indigenous art encouraging conversation around current challenges faced by Indigenous communities.
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What to look forward to this school year
In addition to the new virtual programs, educators are encouraged to book outdoor programming offered on the McMichael’s extensive and spectacular grounds. These outdoor educational programs combine environmental learning with art-making activities.
Please note that due to the studio space limitations and York Region health guidelines, all Signature Studios will be offered exclusively as Art2Go in-school programming for the 2020-21 school year. The McMichael will continue to closely monitor the public health situation and the directives of public health authorities. We will continue working with our partners at the school boards and adjust our programming to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep students and educators safe. In the time of restrictions and social distancing due to COVID-19, a personal and creative connection to art and nature has become even more important for health and wellbeing. This fall help your students reconnect with the art of Canada and reignite the spark of creativity and imagination.