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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Canadian Art History

Oshawa's Robert McLaughlin Gallery is a public art gallery. It is the largest public art gallery in the Durham Regional Municipality. The gallery houses a significant collection of contemporary and modern Canadian art.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is an art gallery that holds a significant collection of Painters 11 work, has an interesting founding and history led by women, and is working to tell the continued and untold stories of abstract art in Canada.

Connection Through Creativity: “Art allows us to engage with life beyond the way we typically see the world.” This course at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery will facilitate this engagement by exploring the Permanent Collection, particularly the Painters 11 - a collective of abstract artists founded in 1953 on the Oshawa/Whitby border. What inspired this group of artists? How did the world and societal issues influence them? And how does one look at and appreciate art anyway? You will learn about the history of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery; the context of the Painters 11 including art movements that came before and after their work; engage with our Permanent Collection exhibition; and understand how you can foster your own lifelong love of visual art.



Program Details


Business and IT



The Robert McLaughlin Gallery


Time and Duration

September to December 2023, half day sessions at the gallery if possible for no more than 3 hours each for 2-5 days over the course of successive weeks



No additional cost for students



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