With a unique combination of spectacular grounds overlooking the Humber River Valley and a world-famous art collection, the McMichael provides an unmatched backdrop for children, youth and family programs. For details on virtual programming, March Break and Summer Camps, Children's Art Classes, Accessible Studio Workshops, Family Days and Festivals, visit mcmichael.com today!
The 2020/21 Experience at McMichael Children and Youth Art Camps and Programs
THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF REMAIN OUR TOP PRIORITY We have implemented a number of new measures to ensure the health and safety of every student enrolled in our Saturdays at the McMichael classes. Children will be seated at separate tables. Each child will be provided with a personal art kit which will be stored in the studio and not shared with other students. Our staff have created seating arrangements to allow students to sit at least 2 metres away from other participants. During the program, art instructors will ensure that all students practice social distancing measures. Students and staff are required to wear face masks at all times in accordance with York Region public health guidelines, and each learning space will be equipped with hand sanitation stations and a sink for thorough hand washing. We kindly request that all parents and guardians review social distancing practices with their child prior to the start of the session.
The McMichael facility is as much of a national treasure as the art that it houses. You really can’t praise it enough—it’s truly a jewel in the crown of Canadian arts. In addition to year round programs, the summer sessions, in particular, unabashedly get kids involved up to their elbows in art, from creation to appreciation. The sessions are active, though created to really promote the work and the collections to kids on their level, inspiring them to better appreciate their talents as well as the talents of those around them. The experience of being at the collection, too, creates a sense of ownership for the works collected there. The gallery intentionally blurs the line between art and environment, and the camps seek to extend that, getting kids out into the world, and to see how that world is reflected in the work of some of the country’s greatest artists. These camps are not just art classes or art appreciation workshops, they are vibrant, well-led programs allowing kids to have fun while interacting with others around the arts.
McMichael Children and Youth Art Camps and Programs - Our Kids Insider Perspective
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More details about property: The stunning 100-acre northern setting, combined with the magnificent gallery, inspires an understanding and appreciation of nature and the beauty of Canada. Through a network of outdoor paths and hiking trails, visitors can explore the newly installed Sculpture Garden as well as the unique McMichael Cemetery where six Group of Seven members and gallery founders Robert and Signe McMichael have been laid to rest.
What I love most about the McMichael's art camps is that my children experience first-hand, the connection between art and nature. The fresh air, beautiful grounds, and first-class art collection are inspiring any time of the year.
My daughter has attended in the past, but this was her favourite by far. The instructors and assistants are amazing and took the time if my daughter needed help. You made art fun again!
A variety of activities that keep participants engaged...approachable, open and encouraging - for any age group.
I love this program and the place. I love all the staff and instructors. The quality of art education is high here compared with other places I've tried.