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Baby Art Crawl

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Thursday, November 21st, 2019  
For children 0-3.
Art is for everyone!  Babies, toddlers and caregivers are invited for gallery tours and baby friendly art play. Engage your baby with art during an interactive and sensory tour of our art exhibits followed by hands-on art making in the studio! Please, wear play clothes.
$5 per family or free with a family membership.
Registration: Pre-registration required. You can sign up by contacting the museum at 705-326-2159 or by visiting the front desk at OMAH.

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Life Drawing

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Thursdays, November 7th – December 12th (6weeks)
Age 16+
Discover the human form at OMAH’s Life Drawing program, and explore silhouette, movement, proportion and gesture. Our expert instructor will use traditional and contemporary approaches to guide participants in drawing live models, challenging them to use both technical and perceptual skills to capture the human form. This program is suitable for all skill levels – beginners welcome. Please note that this course will feature both clothed and nude models.
Basic drawing materials (and easels) provided.
Cost: MEMBERS = $100 NON-MEMBERS = $125
Registration: Registration is required. Please call or come into OMAH to register for this course today! 705-326-2159 

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Paint n' Play PA Day Camp

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Friday, November 22nd, 2019  
Drop off: 8:45-9am Pick-up: 4-4:30pm
For questions, contact Olivia Rozema: or call (705)326-2159 x 103
Cost: Family Membership = $35 General = $45
For children ages 6-10 
Get creative on school PA days at OMAH. On PA days, let OMAH be your classroom. 
We have a jam-packed day planned for your PA day, filled with art projects in the studio and activities in the gallery. Below you will find information that will help you and your child prepare for camp. Should you have any further questions, please contact Olivia Rozema, the Community Engagement Coordinator at 705-326-2159 x103 or
The instructors:
We have a talented group of young people with a passion for both children and art as part of our crew.   Our staff to camper ratio reflects our commitment to safe and high-quality supervision. Our regular camp ration is one leader to nine campers (1:9). Our camp leaders are also supported by responsible volunteers and all Museum Staff to maintain the safety and wellbeing of your child. 
All leadership staff goes through a thorough screening process which includes formal interviews, reference checks and vulnerable sector screening. All leaders have a Standard First Aid & CPR-C Certificate and attend thorough pre-camp training sessions which include topics such as program planning, child development and understanding child behaviour, as well as OMAH’s emergency procedures and policies. 
Drop-off and Pick-up:
Campers may be dropped off between 8:45am and 9:00am.  Pick-up starts at 4pm. Campers must be picked-up by 4:30pm, there is no after-care is available. To ensure safe arrival and departure, guardians will be met at the door and will be asked to sign their children in and out of camp in the morning and afternoon. 
On the first day of camp you will be asked to fill out a Safe-Release List, this is a list of approved adults who can pick up your child. OMAH will not release your child to anyone who is not on the Safe Release List. Photo ID will be required at the time of pick up.
With written guardian permission, campers over the age of 10 can sign themselves in and out of camp. Please ask to fill out a self-release form for your child.  
Camper Information Forms & Medicines at Camp:
An information form must be filled out for each child in attendance. These will be e-mailed to you a week before camp start, but will also be available in hard-copy on the first morning of camp. Please ensure that the medical section is fully completed. This section includes your family doctor’s name, healthcard information, and an emergency contact that can be reached during the hours of 7am-6:30pm. 
Campers requiring medication at camp will need to have a Request to Administer Medication form signed. Medication must be in its original container and will be stored in a secure location by camp staff. Request to Administer Medication form will be available in hard-copy during camp-sign in. 
Campers will have 2 snack breaks and a lunch break each day. Please pack nut-free and litter-less lunches. Please bring a reusable water bottle so that campers can keep hydrated during our camp adventure!
What to Wear:
Campers should dress for mess as we will be using paint, plaster and more! 
What not to bring:
Leave all electronics (phones, tablets, iPods) and any other toys or gadgets at home please. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please ensure that everything your child brings to camp is labeled with their name. 
Going off site:
At Lunch Break we will be visiting Victoria Park or by the lake for some outdoor play or art activities. Please ensure that your child has weather-appropriate clothing. Should we have inclement weather, we will adjust our plans and play indoors.
Camp Absence:
If your child is going to be absent from a day of camp (illness or otherwise), please notify the instructor, or for last-minute absences please notify us before 9am via voice message to the Community Engagement Coordinator at 705-326-2159 x103
Inclusion Needs:
We welcome campers with special needs; however, our camps are not able to support all needs. OMAH cannot provide a 1:1 staff/child ratio. Please speak with the Community Engagement Coordinator at 705-326-2159 x103 to review your individual child's situation prior to registration.
Registration: Pre-registration required. You can sign up by contacting the museum at 705-326-2159 or by visiting the front desk at OMAH.

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Friday, November 22, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The Orillia Museum of Art & History has volunteer lead tours every Friday. The tours alternate every week between Tours of The Historic Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building and Gallery Tours.

please call ahead 705-326-2159 or email to find out which tour will happen that week! Tours are $5 a person or free with a membership. To learn more about OMAH's membership options, please click here

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Wine and Paint Night

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Friday November 22nd,2019
Looking for a fun night out? Come to down to OMAH and make some art (and have a drink while you do it). Our artist instructor will gently guide you through the process of creating a masterpiece, even if you have never touched a paintbrush. Materials and two drinks are included in the class fee.
Explore colour and paint an expressive still-life. Experiment with colours and abstraction! Follow along step-by-step with the instructor or freestyle while you enjoy your wine!
Beginners welcome! Space is limited, please register early.
Cost: Members = $30 General = $40
Registration: Registration is required. Please call or come into OMAH to register for this course today! 705-326-2159 

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*FULL* Hand building with Clay with Heather Kerslake

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Saturday’s from Oct. 19th - Nov.23rd , 2019 (6 weeks)


**This course will be held at the Kerslake Pottery Studio on Line 10 North at Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte

Participants will work with Heather Kerslake at her studio to learn various clay techniques in order to build creative clay forms. Working with slabs, coils and more, students will be introduced to how different tools can be used to shape and mark clay to create patterns, textures or narratives. After firing, Heather will teach the class how to use stains and glazes to alter the surface and add colour to your work.

There is limited access to wheel work instruction. To see Heather’s sculptures and functional pottery, visit her website at

Heather Driver Kerslake works mainly in terra cotta, producing pieces that are whimsical, often mythical, and sometimes humorous. Her work involves functional pottery and sculptural pieces, ranging in scale from majolica-decorated wine goblets to larger hand-built narrative sculptures. Heather graduated from Alfred University, New York. Her work is in numerous private collections and public galleries, and has been exhibited widely.

Materials to be supplied by student: apron, sketchbook, pencil, eraser 

8 students maximum


MEMBERS = $195 + HST


Material Fee: $40 – Includes Clay, Glazes, Stains & Firing (to be paid October 19 at studio)

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Storytelling Orillia: Side by Each

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

This storytelling event is free to attend and all are welcome.

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Family Fun Drop In

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Sundays in November & December 1st
2-3 pm 
Stop by the Orillia Museum of Art & History for our popular Family Fun Drop In program! $5 per family or free with a family membership. 
This November have a go at the timeless art of printmaking! Create a collograph, try out monotyping, and use fallen leaves and other natural materials to make your very own autumnal prints!
Cost per family: Family Membership = Free General = $5
Santa Claus Parade Family Fun Drop-In & Tour
Stop by the Orillia Museum of Art & History for our popular Family Fun Drop In program! 
Join us from 2-3 for a special holiday themed art activity. The art activity will be followed by a tour of the museum.
Cost per family: Family Membership = Free General = $5

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Steelies Art Club

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Dates: Tuesdays in October/November

October 1st-November 26th, 9 sessions total 



Calling all kids who love art! Join us at OMAH for some art-making fun. At the Steelies Art Club we will learn new artistic techniques and skills taught by a practicing artist!. Get ready to paint, draw, sculpt, and much more! For Ages 7-12.


2 month block (9 sessions):






Registration: Pre-registration required. You can sign up by contacting the museum at 705-326-2159 or by visiting the front desk at OMAH.



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Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The Orillia & District Arts Council (ODAC) and Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) have teamed up to honour the best and brightest from the arts, culture and heritage sector at the first ever Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards.

Together, OMAH and ODAC serve the communities of Rama, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Severn, and the City of Orillia, and are committed to recognizing the valuable contribution artists, historians, educators, event organizers and supporters make to the vibrancy of these communities and their citizens. Be sure to join us at this gala event as we celebrate their achievements.

This year’s awards ceremony is presented by Accutrac Capital Solutions and proudly supported by the City of Orillia’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department.