Patterns: visible in art and audible in drums

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, Canada celebrated National Aboriginal Day. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection acknowledged Aboriginal heritage by incorporating a special activity in Drumming Circle, a seasonal ArtVenture Accessible Family Art Program. Led by members of the Peel Aboriginal Network, participants learned about Aboriginal culture, listened to ancestral storytelling and followed the beat with their own drums.

The drummers and participants engaged in a smudging ceremony, a method of burning sage leaves to cleanse the spirit and connect to the earth. The driving pulse of the drums and shakers orchestrated the performance, while ears and eyes were attentive to the cultural customs before them. The traditional songs played below tall pine trees echoed through the McMichael grounds and added a positive element to the day.

ArtVenture Accessible Family Art Programs are part of McMichael Accessible Programs. This program is designed for youth aged seven and up living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other special needs. Held on a quarterly basis, caregivers, parents and siblings are invited to join in the fun process of tactile art-making activities, dramatic play and social interaction.

To learn more about accessible programs at the McMichael, visit:

Make 2014 a mosaic of creativity

How will you inaugurate the New Year?

If you are pining for creative expression and starting things off on a positive note, check out Canadian Mosaic on Thursday, January 2 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

This event marks our second installment of ArtVenture Accessible Family Art Programs and we want to celebrate it with you. At Canadian Mosaic, you’ll visit the gallery to explore our vast collection of Canadian art, both classic and contemporary. At the studio, various mosaic techniques will be taught, inspiring you to apply the surrounding winter landscape and McMichael collection to your work.

Let’s make the New Year positive by building it piece by piece at Canadian Mosaic!

Register early – spots fill quickly!

Visit the program page for cost and registration information.


Celebrate the end of summer with an accessible art camp


“The sun is shining, birds are chirping and sky is blue.
Celebrate three summer elements with an art camp made for you!”

On Tuesday, August 27, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection brings you Artfully Yours, an accessible summer day camp. It’s the ultimate sensory experience as it merges the unique indoor/outdoor setting of the McMichael grounds.

Designed for youth aged seven and up, this program is a great sensory experience that features tactile art activities. From found objects like leaves, twigs and stones to clay and everything in between, participants will engage in art-making that is fun and open to interpretation.

A professional art instructor will lead the program from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Participants will produce artwork at their own pace throughout each guided activity with time to be social and make new friends.

End summer with a splash of paint – celebrate your creativity with this accessible art camp that’s inclusive for all!

Registration is required for Artfully Yours. For more information on the program, please visit or fill out our registration form.