Winter Holiday Camps at OMAH

Camper and instructor looking at print, campers celebrating, camper with monster mask

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 9:00am to Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

Winter break camps delivered at the Orillia Museum of Art & History with registration through the City of Orillia Parks, Recreation and Culture.
For more information: call or email Lois Green, Programs Coordinator 705 326 2159

To register click here and refer to course code 34292 and/or 34293

OMAH winter break camps are delivered by experienced artist/educator Jessalyn Forsythe using artist quality materials. Campers will also examine artefacts from our collections and explore our famous building and exhibitions. Activities include interpretive programs and a tour of our working clock tower and vaults with special access to our infamous jail cells for jail-house portraits.

This Holiday season, your children can get in the creative spirit with 3-day art camps at OMAH.

December 22, 23, & 24th
Course Code 34292  9 am - 4:30 pm, 
FEE $106.25(R)/ $132.80 (N)
Start your school holiday winter break with the ARTventure Holiday Camp for active and creative kids aged 6 -10 years old. Spend three creative days making memorable and gift-worthy artworks. This camp will feature cards made using printmaking and mixed-media techniques, painted self-portraits, artful 3D ornaments and mantle masterpieces. Quill pens and India ink will be introduced to provide and experience of holidays long past.
December 29, 30, & 31st.
Course Code 34293  9 am - 4:30 pm, FEE $106.25(R)/ $132.80 (N)
Ring in the new year with Freshstart New Years Art Camp for active and creative kids aged  6 - 10  years old.  This camp features a series of art activities including 3D sculpture, acrylic and watercolour painting. Make a mask inspired by mythic beasts, legends and superheroes. Try your hand at a variety of art media from traditional to way-out-there.


Life Drawing with Liz Schamehorn: 6 week Session 1

Members of life drawing class drawing nude model

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join regional artist Liz Schamehorn for instruction in drawing from the nude model with lessons in life studio practices - a valuable discipline for practicing artists and a foundational preparatory for animators through fine artists. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be utilized toward a heightened observational capacity and improved media proficiency. This program is for beginners to professional artists and those wishing to improve their drawing skills.

The first of two 6 week sessions starts January 8, 2015

To see the second 6 week session, click here.

Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 10pm.

Registration through City of Orillia 34310

Some materials included

Music in the Museum: Cole Mendez

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Kick off the new year with soloist Cole Mendez joining us for Music in the Museum on January 24th.

Stay after OMAH's Family Fun Drop In and let the little ones dance around while you enjoy Mendez' amazing talent.

Concert runs 3-4pm, admission by donation.

Lunch and Learn: Creating Futures Film Screening & Talk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Creating Futures – Threads of Hope for African Grandmothers” showcases 30 vibrant textile artworks celebrating the hope and extraordinary resolve of African grandmothers as they work to create futures for themselves and the millions of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS.

The “Creating Futures” exhibit is organized by the Omas Siskona of Kitchener-Waterloo who invited textile artists to create artworks interpreting the themes of: “hope rising”, “caring”, “inspiring”, “hand in hand”, “educating”, “sustaining community”, and “we are not alone”.

On February 4, we will screen the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s new film featuring courageous African grandmothers who gave powerful and emotional testimonies at the African Grandmothers Tribunal in Vancouver, BC in 2013.  This documentary shines a light on the urgent need to provide better protection for the human rights of African grandmothers, who have watched their adult children die of AIDS and become the primary caregivers for millions of orphaned grandchildren.

Following the screening will be a talk by Tina Blaszczak, of the Mariposa Grandmothers group.  

Pre-registration will be available at OMAH's Front Desk. $15 for members, $20 for non-members.


The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. What began with only a few groups of committed Canadian grandmothers has since evolved into a dynamic and responsive movement, made up of grandmothers and grandothers working to mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers.

The Campaign currently boasts more than 240 grandmothers groups across the country. Many of the groups have organized into regional and national networks in order to support each other’s efforts in solidarity with African grandmothers and the children in their care..

Resources from the Grandmothers Campaign go to grassroots organizations that support African grandmothers with food, health care, school fees and school uniforms for their grandchildren, income-generating programmes, counselling, social support, essential shelter, and other necessities. Throughout Africa, grassroots organizations run by and for grandmothers are sharing insights, deepening their expertise, collaborating with other local organizations, and building their capacity to turn the tide of AIDS at community level.

Jail, Bail, & Jazz

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:00am to 7:00pm

Ever wanted to see a politician behind bars? Here's your chance! On February 6th, 2015 OMAH and Rotary Club of Orillia-Lake Country will be teaming up to put some local politicians behind bars in our historic jail cells. Bail for these jail birds will act as a fundraiser for the museum. Split into two parts, the day at OMAH will house about 30 culprits, and the evening will be a celebration of freedom with dinner featuring the Will Davis Trio.

Tickeds for the dinner are $50 and available at OMAH for purchase.

Join us for an evening of syncopation, celebration, and incarceration!

Call OMAH at 705-326-2159, for more details and to purchase tickets.

Music in the Museum: Andy Lee Trio

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Music in the Museum runs the last Sunday of every month following our Family Fun Drop In programming. On February 22 get jazzy with the Andy Lee Trio starting at 3pm!

Details to come soon.

Coming Spring 2015: March Break Art Camp

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:00pm

Mark your calendars - OMAH will be running March Break camp from March 16 - 20, 2015.

More details on the camp and registration coming soon!

Music in the Museum: Winnie Brave

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Music in the Museum continues this spring with the amazing vocals of Winnie Brave, alternative country duo, on March 29th.

Details coming soon.

Music in the Museum: Chamber Music Orillia's Children's Choir

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

For the last of the winter Music in the Museum series, bring your family to enjoy Chamber Music Orillia's Children's Choir and the Moellan children on violins. Stay after our Sunday Family Fun Drop In programming for an afternoon of classical music for the kids!

Details to come soon