In-person Family Sundays back on at the MacLaren

Pre-register in person; first come, first served

Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the MacLaren Art Centre, and it can be done face-to-face once again.

The MacLaren Art Centre recently reopened its doors to visitors and that means the downtown Barrie gallery can begin welcoming back school-aged children and their families for in-person workshops.

Each Sunday represents a different theme or lesson, guided by regional artists Shauna Umney-Grey and Dania Jaremczuk. One or the other will spend 90 minutes each Sunday leading families in creative projects they can complete together.

Executive Director
The MacLaren gallery is open Thursdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each course runs from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday, (excluding Thanksgiving Sunday on October 10). It is expected online pre-registration will be offered in the future, but for now, it’s first come, first served. In-person registration begins at 1 p.m. each Sunday,

The fee for Family Sundays is $5 per child, or free for MacLaren Family membership holders. There is a maximum of four children and two adults per workshop. Due to COVID protocols, each workshop is limited to 25 participants.

On Sunday, September 26, families can work together to create a whimsical, collaborative story using collage and hand-drawn elements. The following Sunday will see a workshop inspired by the works of the late Henri Matisse, with families drawing with scissors, so to speak, to create colourful, textured images.

A list of workshops and their themes is available on the MacLaren Art Centre website.

Family Sundays is a long-standing program at the MacLaren; during the pandemic and the stay-at-home orders that came with it, workshops took place online.