Signature Studios

2 HOURS

McMICHAEL SIGNATURE STUDIOS

Duration: 2 Hours
Fee: $12 per student

Each McMichael Signature Studio is a two-hour, process-oriented workshop led by professional art instructors and developed in collaboration with established Canadian artists. The programs are designed to foster creativity, develop manual skills, and to position the artistic process as a tool for personal and collective expression.


LANDSCAPE PAINTING STUDIO
GRADES JK – 12

Inspired by looking at nature and informed by conversation around various cultural concepts of landscape, this studio will focus on the modernist approach, emphasizing an emotional reaction to the land. It will lead students from an initial compositional study to a final painting. Exploration of both colour gradation and space will be an important part of this process-oriented studio, as students learn tips and tricks for painting perspective, identifying a focal point, and working with a palette inspired by nature.

Curriculum Connection: KP, VA

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STORYTELLERS & IMAGE-MAKERS ARTMAKING STUDIO 
GRADES 1  – 8

Rooted in the visual language of the Anishinaabe School of Painting, this studio focuses on the rich tradition of Indigenous storytelling, highlighting the connection between the natural and spiritual worlds. Developed in collaboration with Don Chrétien, an Ojibwe artist, designer and educator, this painting studio demonstrates how strongly Norval Morrisseau’s legacy still resonates within the contemporary art world.

Curriculum Connections: VA, SS, EE


HAIDA MANGA STUDIO 
GRADES 1 – 12 

Developed in collaboration with artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, author of the award-winning books RED: A Haida Manga and Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable of the Environment, this studio covers the narrative and aesthetic function of the traditional Northwest Coast form line in combination with popular manga cartooning techniques.

Curriculum Connections: VA, SS, FNMI, CWS


#LandIsSacred, #WaterIsLife PRINTMAKING STUDIO 
GRADES 9 – 12

This thought-provoking studio was developed in collaboration with Métis artist Christi Belcourt. The importance of land and water is a recurring theme throughout Belcourt’s work, and will be emphasized in this studio through discussion and creative response. Students are invited to contemplate the notion of environmental stewardship, culminating in a creative project that uses innovative printmaking techniques and natural inks. The workshop comes full circle, with students producing a final piece of art that they can choose to offer back to Mother Earth.

Curriculum Connections: VA, SS, FNMI, CWS, S, EE


MAPPING LANDSCAPES WATERCOLOUR PAINTING STUDIO 
GRADES 7 – 12 

Developed in close collaboration with John Hartman—an Ontario-based artist celebrated for his unique layered landscape paintings—this watercolour studio invites students to investigate the notion of a cultural landscape and to create their own personal response to the land while investigating its geography and history.

Curriculum Connections: VA, CWS


“The students really enjoyed the discussion and debate! The question was fantastic, and they had a chance to jump in with their ideas and opinions.”

Grade 9/10 Teacher, Trafalgar Castle School. Participated in Art Debate and Mapping Landscapes: Watercolour Painting Studio.

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