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Elementary (Cycles 2 and 3)

In the mind of an artist

How do artists find inspiration? What are they expressing through their creations? How has their work changed over time?
As they peruse international modern and contemporary works, students learn about the artists’ different processes and methods.


The class goes to the Museum.

Duration Cost
120 min $280/class*

* Subject to change


How to plan you visit

Raise students’ awareness about

  • Artistic inspiration and experimentation
  • Stylization and abstraction
  • The creative process
Creative activity

  • Creation of an expressive work (in ink and pastel)

Arts education: drawing on one’s imagination

15 min
Cadavre exquis

Cadavre exquis (or exquisite corpse) is a group game that was invented by the Surrealists to generate new creative possibilities. Here’s an easy way to create figures that is in keeping with that Surrealist practice. Divide the class into three groups: one will draw heads, another torsos and arms, and the remaining one legs. Then, pool the various parts to come up with some very zany figures. Hold a vote to choose the funniest.

To delve further into this topic

We invite you to go to the EducArt platform to watch a short video in which photographer Claire Beaugrand-Champagne speaks about her approach.

Planning your visit


The group entrance is located at 2075 Bishop Street.

School bus

If you are coming by school bus, allow extra time for potential traffic congestion.

Métro station

The Museum is a 5-minute walk from the Guy-Concordia Métro station (Guy exit).

Allow sufficient time

Allow approximately 30 minutes for students to be greeted at the entrance, to go to the cloakroom and washroom, and to be divided into groups.


To facilitate movement through the galleries and ensure that everyone gets a good view of the works, each class will be divided into two subgroups composed of a maximum of 15 students (11 for preschool groups). The class will regroup afterward in the workshop, if applicable.

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