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NEW McMichael Virtual Classroom programs available!

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The 2020-21 school year coincides with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, presenting parents, students and educators with a number of unprecedented new challenges. We invite you to check out our current program offerings below, or get in touch if you don’t see what you’re looking for. Please note that not all programs are available at all times as health restrictions and guidelines change. We will try to keep this page as up-to-date as possible but please reach out with any questions. 

Lawren S. Harris (1885–1970), Montreal River, c. 1920, Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael

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.

Stylized image of three people looking to the left. Images of birds and reptiles are apparent. The whole is brightly coloured in blues, greens, purples, oranges, reds and browns and some white within outlines of black.

Norval Morrisseau (1932–2007), Shaman and Disciples, 1979, Purchase 1979

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.

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.

Perfect for Home Schooling Groups and Learning Pods.

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What to look forward to this school year

McMichael GroundsIn 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.