Doors Open at the RMG

RMG

The RMG is celebrating Culture Days and Doors Open Oshawa on Saturday, September 24th. There’s so much to explore!

Admission and events are all FREE!

Join a guided architecture + art tour

11 AM and 2 PM

Our welcoming Visitor Engagement Assistants will deliver tours of this stunning modern building. Discover the original vision for Oshawa’s public gallery, brought to life in 1969, and how architect Arthur Erickson designed a massive 36,000-square-foot extension that made the gallery what it is today.

Participate in a family-friendly art-making activity

1 PM – 3 PM

Design your OWN gallery! Led by our Learning and Engagement team, this drop in activity will invite you to explore Journeys, the major permanent collection exhibition, through an interactive scavenger hunt; then, use the inspiration you find to create mixed media artworks in the studio.

Installation view of The Beyond Within at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2021. Documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

RMG Shop

Visit our gift shop

The RMG Shop is located in the lobby of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. We feature lovingly crafted, handmade artisanal products from across Ontario as well as a wide selection of Indigenous designed and manufactured products. Our boutique is stocked with unique, one-of-a-kind items including jewelry, homewares, and gifts. Each tax-free sale through the RMG not only helps to support local artisans and crafts people, but also goes towards funding our free community programming. 

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PA Day Camp 2022

Join in the fun for a full day of art exploring and creating in the studio! We will paint, print and sculpt the day away. 

Monday, October 24 from 9am to 4pm

Ages 5 to 10

$45 Members/$55 Non-Members

Here’s how Camp will look this year:

  • The RMG will remain closed to public on Mondays – only camp participants onsite
  • Drop-off between 8:45am and 9am
  • Small camp cohorts
  • Mask friendly camp for staff, volunteers and participants
  • Rigorous cleaning throughout the day
  • Pick-up at 4pm

COVID -19 protocols and guidelines

Should we be unable to offer onsite camps, we will do our best to offer alternative options to keep your child engaged with art making experiences. If we must cancel camps due to public health restrictions, we will issue full refunds. Cancellations by participants will be subject to our cancellation policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions or concerns that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to contact the Learning Department. More detailed information about camps and the Learning Team will be sent to registered families prior to the first day of camp.

I see that you do online registrations, can I register in-person or over the phone?

While we prefer online registrations, we do accept in-person (cash, debit, VISA and Mastercard) and phone registrations (VISA and Mastercard). There is a mandatory registration form that needs to be completed fully for each camper at the time of payment. These forms are reviewed by staff and documented in order to ensure we know what’s what, and who to contact. We may reach out to families if we have follow-up questions prior to camp.

Families who choose to make payment over the phone will be emailed a copy of the registration form. The form must be filled out and sent back as soon as possible to secure the spot.

What is your maximum capacity?

15 campers maximum per camp.

What if I have a child that is outside the age range, can they still join?

All of our camps are geared specifically for children within the designated ages. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, participants must fall within the indicated age range.

Are pre- and post-care available?

No, unfortunately, we are not able to offer this service.

What type of activities have you planned, are campers outside at all?

Campers spend equal time in the Lookout and the Studio. Camp will have in-gallery interactive visits include looking activities, games, and sketching. We also have a new fully fenced space! We plan to eat snacks and lunch outside, and play games, if the weather is agreeable.  We will also take advantage of beautiful days with outdoor art making projects whenever possible.

Do you provide snacks/lunch?

Parents are asked to pack a water bottle, peanut free snacks and lunch daily. There are two snack breaks and lunch is from 12-1pm.

What else might my child need to bring?

We recommend sunscreen and a hat for outdoors, if you believe your child may need a change of clothes please provide that.  The RMG is air conditioned and some campers may feel more comfortable having a hoodie/sweater on hand should they feel cold throughout the day. Please ensure your child wears art friendly clothing and comfortable footwear.

What is the staff to camper ratio?

We aim for a minimum of 1 to 7 ratio.

Do you provide a “kiss and ride”?

Drop-off takes place from 8:45am – 9:00am. We ask campers are signed in with a staff member in the front lobby. Families can choose to escort their camper to their “homeroom” or a camp staff member can ensure your child gets to their room.

Families may choose to do a “kiss and ride” drop off in the mornings at the front of the building starting at 8:45am. 

We require all families to pick up their camper in the lobby at the end of day at 4pm. Only authorized adults will be allowed to sign out campers.

Saturday Studio

Saturdays, September 24-November 19  (8 sessions)   
No class October 8

Ages 5-8             10:30am-12pm
Ages 9-12            1-3pm

This class is filled with art making that inspires creativity and imagination!  Each week will be a new adventure with sculptures, paintings, drawings, printmaking, and more using artist quality materials!

Registration is now open!

OPG Sunday: December 2022

OPG Sunday

The RMG encourages families to take some time and enjoy the art making process through creativity and collaboration.

Free admission.

This is a drop in event. No registration is required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

OPG Sunday: November 2022

OPG Sundays

The RMG encourages families to take some time and enjoy the art making process through creativity and collaboration.

Free admission.

This is a drop in event. No registration is required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

OPG Sunday: Nature’s Pattern

This month, we are taking inspiration from Kazuo Nakamura: Universal Pattern exhibition. As a member of the Painters 11, Nakamura was fascinated by nature. We are too! We will create bold and colourful textured abstract artworks finished with a decorative pattern frame.

Free admission.

This is a drop in event. No registration is required.

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

At Gallery Homeschool

Tuesdays, September 20- November 8 (8 sessions)           
$80 Members / $90 Non-Members
Ages 5-10

Welcome back! Join us for this loved and popular class which is truly inspired by our exhibitions and personal reflections. We foster a multi-dimensional approach that encourages individuality and imaginative problem solving skills using quality fine art materials. Spaces are limited.

Registration is now open!

Summer Camp 2022

July 4 to August 26, 2022 from 9am to 4pm

Ages 5 to 7 and ages 8 to 12

$180 Members/$190 Non-Members                     

*4 day camp $145 Members/$155 Non-Members

This summer, we have two rotating camps throughout for children ages 5-7 and ages 8-12 years old. Both camps encourage campers to explore the exhibitions with interactive content, use a variety of art materials, play indoor and outdoor games, and more!

Register for Summer Camp 2022 HERE.

Imaginative Innovators

Dream big and try something new! Young artists will explore a variety of art media including painting and printmaking, relief and 3D sculptures, as well as drawing materials. This themed camp encourages campers to invent, explore and discover art in creative new ways. This camp is inspired by special exhibitions.

  • July 4 to July 8
  • July 18 to July 22
  • Aug 2 to Aug 5 (* 4 days) (Ages 8 to 12 and 5 to 7 is full)
  • Aug 15 to August 19 (Ages 8 to 12 and 5 to 7 is full)

Travelling Explorers

Whether we are exploring the world through art or travelling to our imagination, this camp is surely to inspire young minds. This themed camp is for creative kids who don’t mind getting a bit messy while making their own paintings, prints, sculptures and more! This camp is inspired by artworks in the Permanent Collection.

  • July 11 to July 15 (Ages 5 to 7 is full)          
  • July 25 to July 29 (Ages 8 to 12 is full)
  • Aug 8 to Aug 12 (Ages 8 to 12 is full)
  • Aug 22 to Aug 26 (Ages 5 to 7 is full)

COVID -19 protocols and guidelines

We will continue to follow COVID -19 protocols and guidelines outlined by the Durham Region Health Department and the Province’s Chief Medical Officer. Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of staff and participants, and create an enjoyable summer experience.

Should we be unable to offer onsite camps, we will do our best to offer alternative options to keep your child engaged with art making experiences this summer. If we must cancel summer camps due to public health restrictions, we will issue full refunds. Cancellations by participants will be subject to our cancellation policy.

Here’s how Summer Camp will look this year:

  • The RMG will remain closed to public on Mondays – only camp participants onsite
  • Drop-off between 8:45am and 9am
  • Small camp cohorts
  • Mask friendly camp for staff, volunteers and participants
  • Rigorous cleaning throughout the day
  • Pick-up at 4pm

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions or concerns that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to contact the Learning Department. More detailed information about camps and the Summer Learning Team will be sent to registered families prior to the first day of camp.

I see that you do online registrations, can I register in-person or over the phone?

While we prefer online registrations, we do accept in-person (cash, debit, VISA and Mastercard) and phone registrations (VISA and Mastercard). There is a mandatory registration form that needs to be completed fully for each camper at the time of payment. These forms are reviewed by staff and documented in order to ensure we know what’s what, and who to contact. We may reach out to families if we have follow-up questions prior to camp.

Families who choose to make payment over the phone will be emailed a copy of the registration form. The form must be filled out and sent back as soon as possible to secure the spot.

What is your maximum capacity?

15 campers maximum per camp.

What if I have a child that is outside the age range, can they still join?

All of our camps are geared specifically for children within the designated ages. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, participants must fall within the indicated age range.

Are pre- and post-care available?

No, unfortunately, we are not able to offer this service.

Can I register for one or two days instead of the whole week?

Unfortunately, we ask families to commit to the full week as often our art making fun requires multiple days to complete (many requiring time to dry before paint or adding final details).

What type of activities have you planned, are campers outside at all?

This year, we are offering two different camps, each camp uses similar materials but in different ways; campers spend equal time in the Lookout and the Studio. Both camps will have in-gallery interactive visits include looking activities, games, and sketching. We also have a new fully fenced space! We plan to eat snacks and lunch outside, and play games, if the weather is agreeable.  We will also take advantage of beautiful days with outdoor art making projects whenever possible.

Do you provide snacks/lunch?

Parents are asked to pack a water bottle, peanut free snacks and lunch daily. There are two snack breaks and lunch is from 12-1pm.

What else might my child need to bring?

We recommend sunscreen and a hat for outdoors, if you believe your child may need a change of clothes please provide that.  The RMG is air conditioned and some campers may feel more comfortable having a hoodie/sweater on hand should they feel cold throughout the day. Please ensure your child wears art friendly clothing and comfortable footwear.

What is the staff to camper ratio?

We aim for a minimum of 1 to 7 ratio.

Do you provide a “kiss and ride”?

Drop-off takes place from 8:45am – 9:00am. On the first day, we ask campers are signed in with a staff member in the front lobby. Families can choose to escort their camper to their “homeroom” or a camp staff member can ensure your child gets to their room.

Families may choose to do a “kiss and ride” drop off in the mornings at the front of the building Tuesday to Friday starting at 8:45am. 

We require all families to pick up their camper in the lobby at the end of each day at 4pm. Only authorized adults will be allowed to sign out campers.

Register for Summer Camp 2022 HERE.