The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is taking its studios outside this summer. Every weekend through September 5, MMFA cultural mediators will set up their art materials in a park in the Ville-Marie Borough, where they will lead outdoor workshops for children ages 4 and up, accompanied by their parents. The aim is to introduce young children to art and stimulate their creativity.

Art Activities

Creative activity Portrait of Foliage and Flowers.
Photo: MMFA, Jean-François Brière

Two creative activities are offered to participants. A Bow to Nature teaches them how to draw a landscape in dry pastels, using various works in the MMFA’s collection as inspiration, and A Portrait of Foliage and Flowers invites them to observe the surrounding vegetation and depict it in watercolour. Accessible to people with reduced mobility, these workshops are free, and all the necessary art supplies are provided.

“The MMFA is setting out to meet families in a number of Ville-Marie Borough neighbourhoods. This initiative was born of a desire to participate in community life and impart the pleasure of artistic experiences in a setting outside the Museum’s walls. For some, the two workshops offered in the parks will be their first-ever contact with art. For others, it will become a cherished family memory steeped in creativity and poetry,” explains Mélanie Deveault, Director of Education and Wellness at the MMFA.

Schedule and registration
The activities will be held every Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to noon, and 1 pm to 3 pm (weather permitting). Registration by family bubbles will take place on-site, the day of.

A Bow to Nature:
Parc Charles-S.-Campbell | August 7 and 8

A Portrait of Foliage and Flowers:
Parc Walter-Stewart | August 14 and 15
Parc des Vétérans | August 21 and 22
Parc Médéric-Martin | August 28 and 29
Parc Toussaint-Louverture | September 4 and 5

An initiation to cyanotypes at the MMFA

On weekdays and weekends, the Museum is also offering an outdoor creative activity for families on the terrace of the Liliane and David M. Steward Pavilion. Inspired by the exhibitions Ecologies: A Song for Our Planet, the workshop  Nature Prints introduces participants to this unique photographic printing process as they use Mother Nature’s offerings to create an artwork.

Saturday and Sunday | Until September 26, 2021
Tuesday to Friday | Until August 20, 2021

Cost: $4 for the general public | Free for Museum Members
One ticket is issued per family. Admits up to four people from the same household.
Schedule and reservations