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En famille at the MAC


In its wide-open exhibition galleries and light-filled art workshops, the MAC offers you an opportunity to enjoy a unique artistic experience as a family. Comprising a tour of the exhibitions and activities for visual expression, this program will open up new horizons to you.

Rest assured that we will be complying with all of the government’s public health measures. Each family group will have its own time slot and an exclusive space for creating, and will be accompanied by a mediator throughout the activities. For that reason, it is essential to arrive at the scheduled time.

Family group A: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Family group B: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Family group C: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Family group D: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


September 26 and October 3 and 10, 2020

Lynn Hughes’ painting Still Life for David, 1984, presented in the exhibition Painting Nature with a Mirror, invites you to an exhilarating experience. Using acrylic, you’ll have fun creating an image that combines different shapes straight out of your imagination, blending the figurative with the abstract.


October 24 and 31, November 7,14, 21 and 28, and December 5, 2020

“Inspiration is ever evolving, since I experience new things. What I experience, what I read, what I study, what I listen to, the encounters I have—I integrate all that into my work. The key is to remain open to the world and to let it seep into you.”

This quotation from the artist Manuel Mathieu encapsulates the creative challenge you’ll be offered in this workshop: the inspiration of the present moment will direct the work. In producing your project, you can incorporate elements you’ve seen, read or heard on your visit to the exhibition La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux.


December 19, 2020, and January 9, 16, 23 and 30, and February 6, 2021 

Green Leaf Ceiling, 2017, by Vikky Alexander, will open up a world of full of mystery. Inspired by this work in the exhibition La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux, you’ll make collages out of fragments of assorted images: elements from nature, wallpaper, coloured textures… Your compositions will reveal surprising perspectives. You’ll never look at collage the same way!


February 20 and 27, March 13, 20 and 27, and April 3, 2021

Imagine vases on which you can improvise with collage, paint, image transfer, print and drawing. That’s the spirit in which you’ll explore surprising artistic possibilities. This workshop is inspired by Trevor Baird’s Inside the Actor’s Studio (I-V), 2020, which you can see in the exhibition La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux.


April 17 and 24, and May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2021

This coming spring, the tables at the Musée workshops will start acting fidgety. We’ll improvise doodle-like drawings of fragments of tulips, but because of the instability of our work surface, the lines we draw will be a little crooked, awkwardly altered. These subtle distortions will make our sketches utterly original. Through a simple process, our drawn lines will then be turned into reliefs. Finally, we’ll use a roller to paint the entire composition a single colour. For this project, we’ll take our inspiration from a unique wall sculpture called Debby Lexier’s Tulip Drawing, 2008. This work from the Musée collection is the product of a novel collaboration between the artist Micah Lexier and his mother, Debby Lexier.

Additional information


Saturday by reservation.

Free for MACarte members
Education activities are included in the regular price of admission (free for children under 12).

514-847-6253 or [email protected]
Reservations must be made at least one week in advance.

More Info

En famille at the MAC is intended for children age 4 and up.

Please note

Maximum eight participants per family group*
*Group of people living at the same address.
At least one adult per family group must be present.

About En famille at the MAC

Our En famille at the MAC activities are intended for families, familiar with contemporary art or are new to it: children age four and up, teenagers and adults. In a relaxed atmosphere and under the guidance of our welcoming, energetic staff, participants observe original works of art and discover, through a hands-on approach, new ways of creating.

See En famille at the MAC


Scott Benesiinaabandan, Animiikiikaa 10-97, 2017
Current exhibition

La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux

Ron Moppett, Painting Nature with a Mirror, 1985
Past Exhibition

Painting Nature with a Mirror


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