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:
http://www.mcmichael.com/programs/accessibleprograms.cfm

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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.

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Celebrate the end of summer with an accessible art camp

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“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 mcmichael.com or fill out our registration form.

Summertime Down Memory Lane – Register now!

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Summertime Down Memory Lane - Register now!

There are only five days left to register for our new accessible seniors art program – Summertime Down Memory Lane.

On Saturday, July 20, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is offering its first accessible art-viewing program for seniors.

Summertime Down Memory Lane Walking Tour is designed for seniors living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss. This interactive program exercises the brain to inspire emotion, creativity and expression in every brush stroke and drop of acrylic paint. By experiencing Canadian works of art from the Group of Seven, Inuit pieces and contemporary visionaries, participants will reconnect with their past through interpretation and nostalgia.

A McMichael program leader will engage participants in guided conversation throughout select galleries. 
Participants requiring assistance must be accompanied by an attendant.

This program is included in gallery admission.
Registration is required.
Fore more details, visit the McMichael website.

Art excites memories at the McMichael

“Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.” – Andre Maurois

Courtesy of Chris Helgren/REUTERS, The Globe and Mail.

Courtesy of Chris Helgren/REUTERS, The Globe and Mail.

On Saturday, July 20, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is offering its first accessible program for seniors.

Summertime Down Memory Lane Walking Tour is designed for seniors living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss. This interactive program excercises the brain to inspire emotion, creativity and expression in every brush stroke and drop of acrylic paint. By experiencing Canadian works of art from the Group of Seven, Inuit pieces and today’s contemporary visionaries, participants will reconnect with their past through interpretation and nostalgia.

A McMichael program leader will engage participants in guided conversation throughout select galleries. Participants requiring assistance must be accompanied by an attendant.

Program included with gallery admission.

Registration is required.
Fore more details, visit the McMichael website.

Mother Nature Family Art Tour – Register Now!

Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with the family by exploring our special relationship with Mother Nature. This family art-viewing tour blends the McMichael‘s fully accessible outdoor environment with nature-inspired art inside the gallery. Discover Aboriginal legends that influenced artworks currently on view at the McMichael, including the new exhibition, Changing Hands. Explore handling objects and join in a gentle but lively and
multi-sensory storytelling session that will engage participants’ imaginations.

Mother Nature Accessible Art Tour is a great way to spend the day with mom or the whole family!  

For more details, visit the McMichael website.
Registration is required.

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Land Connections Exhibition A Success!

What if you never knew your child could create such beautiful art? What if you have never seen your kids participate in painting, sculpting and designing? What if your first time witnessing their talent in the raw was at a nationally-renowned art gallery in the heart of historic Kleinburg?

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Some masterpieces were displayed in a glass case.

That’s what many parents experienced at our special exhibition opening of Land Connections. On Sunday, February 17, artists from Connect, our City of Vaughan partnership program, viewed their pieces on display inside Founder’s Lounge. The paintings inspired by A.Y. Jackson’s Bent Pine glowed underneath spotlights that shone on every stroke of acrylic paint, piece of clay and leaf applique.

(from left to right) art instructor Anna Pallotta with City of Vaughan staff Vanessa L. and Vanessa A. with artist Alexander Miceli

(from left to right) art instructor Anna Pallotta with City of Vaughan staff Vanessa L. and Vanessa A. with artist Alexander Miceli

 IMG_3506Family members, friends and support workers were astonished at the works, moving around every corner of the room until every multimedia piece was viewed. Some stopped to look at the artworks, pondering and examining every earthy colour and intricate technique – just like they would at our previous exhibition, Painting Canada.

A digital media team from the Ministry of Community and Social Services were also present, as they filmed a very special segment for the AccessON YouTube series, Accessibility in Ontario.

Keep your eyes and ears out for the McMichael on the AccessON channel, where Connect artists Hazel and Sabrina will share some insight on their masterpieces and the power of accessible art.