Arctic Adventure: sun and snow with family and friends

Photography by Jenny Donnell

On Saturday, February 16, eight participants and their parents embraced the soft, white snow on the McMichael grounds. A bright afternoon walk in the outdoor sculpture garden was a breath of fresh air for adults and kids alike, and a perfect way to begin the weekend. Patting the sculptures to feel textures of stone and carvings was a hands-on happy activity for all.

Participants discovering the wolf sculptures that line the path to the gallery.

Participants discovering the wolf sculptures that line the path to the gallery.

Later, families moved inside Pine Cottage for a fun art activity, making animal sculptures out of clay and soap. The participants also completed nature tracings, covering their interpretations with plasticine.

Families making clay sculptures.

Families making sculptures out of clay and soap.

“That’s the joy of family programs,” says Heidi Hitchmough, vice president of Autism Ontario’s York Region chapter. “We get to do the art, too.”

Participants were inspired by the outdoor sculpture garden to create magnificent works.

Liam Donnell and James Everest working on sketches.

Liam Donnell and James Everest working on a tracing activity.

It was a busy day at the gallery, for the Kenojuak Ashevak memorial was full of locals and tourists honoring the great Inuit artist. But for participant Jenny Donnell and her son, Liam, being busy at the McMichael in the snow is a positive thing.

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Snow, sun and smiles.

“It was a day filled with sun, snow and smiles,” she says. “We made friends, made art and had fun.”

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