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ARTivity at the OAG

Bring your gathering to life through culture and art.

Enhance your team’s productivity, foster creativity with friends, or explore wellbeing through art.  

Whether it’s a corporate event, conference, wedding party, or night out with a group of friends, ARTivities are sure to add to any event. 

The OAG’s ARTivity program is designed to give participants a deeper understanding of each other through art. Guided by Gallery Educators and built by community leaders, the workshops are a fun way to develop confidence in expressing ideas, foster openness to different points of view, sharpen observational skills, encourage sharing and communication, and boost morale.

No previous art experience is necessary. Browse the OAG’s selection of ARTivity workshops and see which is the best fit for you. Consider it as a stand-alone experience with friends or add it to your event booking. 

Relief from Everyday Life (Intro to Relief Printing)

Spark your imagination and develop new ways to express yourself together through this  90-minute Relief Printing workshop. 

With the guidance of a Gallery Educator and together with your group, you will be inspired by OAG permanent collection artist James Boyd’s work Kumarbis is Forced to Land on Mount Kanzuras (1983) and learn about relief printing.

Each participant will make their own linocut to create a series of images to take home. Participants can work independently or foster team building through collaborating on a composite image. 

Duration: 1 hour
Tour & Workshop Combo
: 1.5 hours

Clay creatures

If an elephant and a salmon became one animal, what would this creature look like? Inspired by the playful sculptures and drawings of Russell Yuristy, come play with some clay and sculpt your own imaginary critter. 

Duration: 90 minutes

re(mapping) place

Discover pre-colonial Anishinaabe mapmaking traditions and learn to (re)mapping your neighborhood or city. 

Designed by the Anishinaabe (Odawa) artist Barry Ace, this workshop encourages critical thinking about colonialism in Canada. Your group will build cultural competence and respect for diverse Indigenous peoples, while learning more about each other and where you come from. 

Duration: 1 hour
Tour & Workshop Combo
: 1.5 hours 

Expanded Landscapes

What lies beyond the frame of a Group of Seven landscape painting?  

Your group will learn about famous landscape artworks, engage in thoughtful discussion about the impact of climate change on these places, and learn more about each other’s perspectives, through creating imagined scenes beyond the confines of the canvas. 

Experiment with perspective and colour, create an expanded landscape and add your own point of view to these iconic works of art to provoke a lively discussion with your group.   

Duration: 1 hour
Tour & Workshop Combo
: 1.5 hours 

OAG is Open from 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday | from 10 AM to 9 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is always FREE. Register for Summer Art Camps!