Through December 2020, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Palais des beaux-arts de Lille will lead innovative online activities for neurodiverse audiences that are inspired by nature. Over the course of the workshops, the museums will be highlighting their shared expertise when it comes to creating diverse programming.
To kick-start the conversation on what nature can reveal within each of us, the MMFA has launched three related activities:
Juliette Barthélemy, from the Public, Mediation Projects, and Students Department at the Palais de Beaux-Arts de Lille, invites you to discover a piece by Sonia Delaunay.
As you explore this work, let your imagination run wild and make connections with the colours and shapes of nature. You will then create an abstract composition by tracing objects that you have on hand and then adding whatever colours you want.
Although designed for people with autism, this activity is suitable for all groups. Adult assistance is recommended.
Emily Wiskera, Manager of Access Programs at the Dallas Museum of Art, invites you to discover a landscape painting depicting icebergs. Let your senses carry you into this great work of art, and then create a painting with coloured ice cubes.
This activity is specially designed for people on the autism spectrum but is suitable for all audiences. Adult assistance is suggested.
Louise Giroux, Educational Programs Officer – Wellness, invites you on an exploration of an artwork in our collection, followed by a creative workshop. Let your senses take you on a discovery of this work. Then, explore your environment to make a drawing using the rubbing technique.
While specially designed for a neurodiverse audience,this is a great activity for everyone. It can be done independently or with adult assistance.
In these times of confinement, the daily scene playing out outside our windows has become a familiar one: a cat wandering about, neighbours taking in the early morning sun on their front steps, the burgeoning buds announcing spring…
Stephen Legari invites us to change our perspective on these details to see them as living works of art.
- Go to the window and observe your outdoor surroundings.
- Take the time to sketch or paint this familiar scene.
- As your neighbourhood comes to life on the page, send some positive thoughts to those who live there.
For this art therapy workshop, you will need a rock and some art supplies (paint, chalk, felt pens, etc.).
Nature is already beautiful as it is, so the goal here is to work with this beauty to transform your rock into a masterpiece, inspired by this happy whale.
This meditation activity consists of immersing yourself in a work of art to nourish your inner peace.
- Read the short text below.
- Hit Play and let your imagination take over.
The spring sun returns to nourish the living world around us, the buds appear on the trees, the birds return and each day the sun stays a little longer. While we all work hard indoors, we can let our imaginations travel to the places in nature that matter most to us.
Our Natural World: A Virtual, Sensory-Based Experience is made possible through the generosity of the FRench American Museum Exchange (FRAME).