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Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures

This tour lets students explore how encounters with Canada’s North and the Indigenous communities who live there shaped the imagination of famous Canadian artist Jean Paul Riopelle.


45-min. tour + 45-min. creative activity


Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at 2075 Bishop Street



Topics explored

  • Exploring the territory
    Students will discover how Riopelle’s work was inspired by the northern landscape and wildlife.
  • Creative act
    Students will discover Riopelle’s creative process.
  • Encounters
    Students will discover how Riopelle was inspired by his encounters, particularly with Indigenous communities.
The tour

While visiting the exhibition, students will explore Riopelle’s work through exercises and discovery games.

The workshop

Children will explore the stencil technique through a personal creation using gouache paints.

Materials used:

  • Gouache paints
  • Paint bellows
  • Brushes
  • Cardboard and scissors
A developmental learning experience

Works of art are a magnificent gateway to stimulate learning across many areas of development. Beyond artistic discoveries, children will build their understanding of the world at the Museum.

In this activity, children will specifically learn to:

  • Assert their personality
  • Interact cooperatively
  • Communicate
  • Build their understanding of the world
  • Finish a project
  • Exercise their sensory and motor skills
Go more in-depth

EDUCART is an interdisciplinary pedagogical tool for Quebec teachers that was designed by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Among the many works featured on this platform, we suggest you consult The Ice Canoe by Jean Paul Riopelle on the theme of territories.

Planning your visit

We recommend you review the Museum’s code of conduct with your students by referring to our MuseuManners.

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General information


Reservations are required for all groups of 15 people or more.

Phone: 514-285-2000
Toll free: 1-800-899-6873, extension 440


Unless otherwise specified, the group entrance is located at 2075 Bishop Street.

Special measures

In accordance with public health recommendations, the Museum has implemented measures to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors and staff.

Activities led by museum staff

To book an activity with an MMFA guide or mediator, you must contact us at least three weeks in advance. The earlier you book, the greater your choice of activities.

Partner teacher
Free access for elementary and secondary school teachers!

For many years, we have offered free access for elementary and secondary students, as part of our Partner Teacher program. Interested? Please contact our department to be added to this special list!

Group rates

The prices listed apply to classes of 30 students or less (primary or secondary level), as well as to groups of 22 children or less (kindergarten, preschool or day care). Please note that the price is a group rate and does not reflect the exact number of children.

Confirmation and invoicing by email

You will receive a confirmation letter and invoice by email. Please verify the information in these documents carefully. Payment in full can be made ahead of time or on the day of the activity.

Reservation modifications

We will do our best to accommodate change requests, depending on their nature. Please note that no changes to the number of students are accepted less than 12 business days before the activity.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations are accepted by phone only and can be made free of charge up to 12 business days before the scheduled event. You will then be issued a confirmation number. Cancellations or changes are not accepted within 12 business of the event, and the activity will be billed in full.

Directions and entrance

School buses
A reserved drop-off and parking area is located on Bishop Street.

Public transit
Guy-Concordia metro station (green line), 5 minutes from the Museum by foot; Bus 24, on Sherbrooke Street West – Bishop Street stop (eastbound) and Redpath Street (westbound)

Unless otherwise specified, the group entrance is located at 2075 Bishop Street.

Eating area

The Museum has a designated room where students can eat snacks or cold meals.
Please note that, for health reasons, students may eat in the workshop room reserved for the activity.

Prohibited items

Backpacks, bulky objects, umbrellas and food or drink (including bottled water) are not permitted in the exhibition galleries. Such items must be checked at the cloakroom. Please note that the Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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