What to Look Forward to this School Year

McMichael Grounds

This season at the McMichael, the environment and humankind’s impact on the natural world are on the walls and top of mind.

Two exhibitions address head-on the effects of climate change on the Canadian landscape: The Uses of Enchantment: Art & Environmentalism and Sandra Meigs: Sublime Rage. Programs related to these exhibitions, such as the outdoor program Learning from the Land and the studio Envisioning Environmental Futures, encourage students to contemplate their role as stewards of the environment and to actively work towards creative solutions to climate change.

The exhibition Tom Thomson: North Star, on view through January 2024, also provides students with a rare opportunity to gain insight into one of Canada’s most iconic painters whose images of the Canadian landscape form an indelible part of the Canadian identity. In this exhibition, students will see some of the finest examples of Thomson’s work assembled from across the country, learn about the man behind the myth and discover how his short but vibrant career changed Canadian painting forever.

Overlooking the spectacular Humber River Valley, the McMichael is the only art gallery in Canada exclusively dedicated to Canadian art. While a number of the McMichael’s exhibitions are currently on view across the country, a visit to the McMichael itself, with its rich history, expansive permanent art collection and special exhibitions is an unforgettable experience that has inspired generations of Canadian students.

Don’t See What You’re Looking For?

The Creative Learning Department can work with you to adapt or personalize a program to fit your students’ needs.

Contact us today at: learning@mcmichael.com.



In‑school programs

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Art‑in‑Action Workshops

In‑gallery and outdoor workshops

Discuss concepts and respond creatively with artmaking.

Envisioning Environmental Futures

Students creative response

Artist Rajni Perera’s new Signature Studio

On-Site Gallery Tours

A variety of exciting in-gallery programs

Engaging tours and activities designed to reflect curriculum expectations.

Student Outdoor Tours

A unique outdoor learning experience

Engage with the McMichael’s natural setting.

Signature Studios

Engaging workshops developed with artists

Landscape, printmaking, Haida Manga, and more.

Virtual Classroom

Bring the McMichael to your students

Tours and studio options available.


Empowering students through art

Learn more about the Visual Outreach Initiative Creating Empowered Students.

McMichael for Teachers

Virtual professional development

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Booking Information

What you need to know

From chaperones to customized, accessible and French programs.