Canada Day at Home with Museum London

July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020

Free Virtual event

At Home; London, ON


Events Description


We’re taking our Canada Day activities online this year! Please join us for a guided exhibition tour of our exhibition Taking the Long View, art activities, plus a quiz and puzzles with great prizes. We’re partnering with Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London Children’s Museum, and the London Heritage Council for a full day of activities. Learn more by clicking here.All activities and full schedule will be released shortly.

Taking the Long View Exhibition Tour – 11:15 am
Join us for a virtual exhibition tour with an introduction by Cassandra Getty, our Curator of Art. We’ll be taking you on a guided walkthrough of our permanent collection exhibition, Taking the Long View and highlighting key works. The video will be launched on our Facebook page on Canada Day and will be available for watching after as well.

Grey Jay Art Activity – 12:30 pm
Did you know that Canada’s national bird is the Canada Jay? It is also known as the grey jay or the whisky jack, which is a variation on the name Wisakedjak, a benevolent trickster in Cree, Algonquin, and Menominee cultures. Art instructor Jacqueline Demendeev will lead an online video tutorial showing you how to create one using materials you can find at home. You’ll be able to watch the video on our Facebook page on Canada Day.

Explore the relaxing practice of illustrating the natural world. Learn a few simple techniques to assemble and create a personalized drawing of the Canadian Grey Jay. No prior art experience is required.

Recommended materials:
1. bird template printed or traced off of a computer screen
2. Scissors
3. A piece of paper that is 8 inches by 10 inches or larger. Cardstock is ideal, but printer paper will do in a pinch.
4. Pencil
5. Pencil crayons in: Grey, Brown, Green, Black
6. Optional: Blue watercolour paint, paintbrush and water

Maple Leaf Rubbings Activity – 2:45 pm
Get to know our national symbol in a new way. Go for a nature walk and locate maple trees in your neighbourhood. We all know the big sugar maple leaf from the Canadian flag. There are also soft silver maples, feathery Japanese maples, or purple Norway maple trees around London. You might want to thank the tree for bringing you its shade, quiet, and steady presence before taking a leaf for this art project. Can you guess how old this tree is? The oldest known maple tree in the world is right here in Ontario near Peterborough and it is 330 years.

Artist Jen Hamilton shows us how to make make a leaf print using the centuries old practice of rubbings. Gather your supplies together and watch as the textured surface of the leaf transfers onto your piece of paper. Make multiple copies in different colours on a single sheet of paper. Name your creation or add words to describe your relationship to the trees in your neighbourhood.

Recommended materials:
1. paper
2. pencil
3. coloured pencils or crayons
4. leaves

Canada Day History Quiz and Puzzles – all day
We will be releasing several online puzzles and the fastest puzzlers will get a beautiful physical puzzle from the Shop at Museum London. We will also be testing your Canadian history with a quiz and the winners will receive a special prize that will be announced soon. Follow us on our Facebook and Instagram pages on Canada Day where we will release the puzzles and quizzes throughout the day. Prizes will be available for curbside pickup at a later date.

Canada Day London 2020 activities are made possible by the Government of Canada.

Who is it for?

All ages – Family



Date & Time:

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Venue & Address : At Home

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