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The artist’s career, past and present

During this tour, students will learn about the evolution of artists’ techniques and working tools, observe how the artists’ subjects have changed along with society’s ideals, and learn how the status of the artist has evolved over time.


Workshop option
60-min tour + 60-min creative activity

Fee for Workshop option

Exploration option
60-min tour + 30-min creative activity

Fee for Exploration option

Like to stay longer?
We also offer a full-day Museum package for $450.

Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at 2075 Bishop Street


514-285-2000, option 5

Download the workshop description
Topics explored

  • Techniques and work tools
    Students will learn how artists’ techniques and tools have evolved over the centuries.
  • Evolution of the status of artist
    Students will learn how the role of artist has been perceived differently across various eras.
  • Transformation of society’s ideals
    Students will reflect on how the social context can influence the subjects treated by artists and profoundly transform their methods and ideals.
The tour

Students will explore specific themes discussed during an interactive tour developed around artworks in the contemporary art, Quebec and Canadian art and early to modern art collections.
Throughout the tour, the students will participate in different theme-based activities:

  • Interactive discussions
  • Reflection activities
Creative activity

Workshop option
Students will experiment with the notions discussed during the tour as they create a modern painting or modelling sculpture (as per the teacher's choice) inspired by the works presented.
Materials used:

  • Paintbrushes and gouache paint OR clay and modelling tools

Exploration option
Students will experiment with the notions discussed during the tour as they create a small sculpture or observation drawing.
Materials used:

  • Drawing: Various crayons or pencils, conté crayons and charcoal sticks
  • Sculpture: Plasticine
The learning progression

With its encyclopedic collection, the Museum is the perfect place to reflect on ethical issues, examine history, be open to cultural diversity, and develop critical thinking. Beyond artistic discovery, students will build their understanding of the world at the Museum. In this activity, the children will specifically learn to:

All cycles

Personal development

  • Reflect on ethical questions: concepts of freedom, tolerance, justice, human ambivalence
  • Practise dialogue: techniques for developing and questioning a point of view


  • Identify (1st cycle), or analyze (2nd cycle) the transforming gestures, materials and tools
  • Identify (1st cycle) or analyze (2nd cycle) the concepts and notions
  • Name and situate (1st cycle) or analyze (2nd cycle) the visual repertoire and cultural references
  • Appreciate works of art and cultural objects of artistic heritage
  • Produce personal works of visual art

1st cycle (Secondary 2)

Social studies

  • A new vision of humanity: art, criticism, humanism, the individual, freedom

2nd cycle (Secondary 4)

Social studies

  • Societal choices in contemporary Quebec: Sociodemographic evolution

Secondary 5

Social studies

  • Population: culture, delocalization, diaspora, migration, globalization, power
  • Western cultural era: cohabitation, culture, diaspora, individualism, multi-ethnicity
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 Iranian work Star-Shaped Tile on the theme of religious beliefs and symbols.

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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Get ready for your visit!


The group entrance is located at 2187 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 15 minutes for students to be greeted at the entrance, to go to the cloakroom and washroom, and to be divided into groups.

Movement through the galleries

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.

Prohibited items

Backpacks, food, beverages and umbrellas are not permitted in the galleries.

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.

Self-guided tours of the collections

You can also organize your own group tour to the Museum’s collections. Please contact us to book a time (availability will vary according to our program schedule). Restrictions may apply to the number of participants and access to the collections. During your visit, you are responsible for supervising the behaviour of your students and ensuring the safety of the artworks.
Please note that self-guided group tours are not permitted for the major exhibitions.

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.

Adjustments to pricing

Every day, our team goes all out to welcome you and your students under the best possible conditions. To deal with peak visitor periods, especially for the Museum’s major exhibitions, we have reviewed our experiences, from free activities to a custom workshop for $260.

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.

Planning your visit

To facilitate the arrival process and avoid wasting precious activity time, we strongly recommend you organize your student groups ahead of time. Each class must be divided into two teams of a maximum of 15 students (11 students for preschool groups). Each subgroup must be accompanied by one adult. The Museum mediator or guide will lead the tour.

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

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, food, beverages and umbrellas are not permitted in the galleries.

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