Join us for a fun-filled summer of art making! Campers will explore their creativity, learn hands-on skills in the clay studio under the guidance of professional artists, meet new friends, go on behind-the-scenes tours, visit neighbouring museums, and more. Choose from three different camp experiences, with themed morning sessions, full-day art camps, and wheel workshops for teens and tweens.
The Gardiner Museum offers free access scholarships to those who qualify. Visit our website to learn more.
In addition to summer camps, the Gardiner runs weekly family activities, pre-registered and drop in clay classes for children and adults, school visits, birthday parties, corporate team building, mindfulness workshops, and private tours.
The Gardiner Museum is one of Toronto’s most unique and engaging cultural gems, founded in 1984 by George and Helen Gardiner as a place to house and share their collection of ceramics. Recent shows mounted here by Yoko Ono and Ai Weiwei have proved that clay is a fascinating and dynamic art form. With extensive renovations and an expansion completed in 2006, the building was brought forward along with the intentions for it. The camps were part of that vision. They are expertly run by passionate instructors who not only know the craft, but can interpret it within its historical and cultural contexts. There is a nice range of session options, including half-day and full-day. Groups are intentionally kept small, with a maximum of 12 in each, and less in the wheel workshops. As such, everyone gets their own space, and maximum time with the materials. The art camp sessions extend the activity beyond clay, which is a nice addition. Younger campers are dropped off, though for the older ones, the TTC stop is literally right outside the door. The setting, frankly, is thrilling, something that adds to the experience. Spending days in a museum of this stature, working with people this engaged, can be transformative in all kinds of meaningful ways.
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