Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Once upon a time.... Family Activity Room

Ottawa, Canada - July 23, 2003


Il était une fois… les activités pour les famille

Delve into a magical tale of wonder and turn fantasy into reality through creative play.  The National Gallery of Canada gives children the chance to live life in 18th century France.

The Family Activity Room is a special feature presented in the Gallery’s summer exhibition, The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard:  Masterpieces of French Genre Painting. The room features a special dress up area with reproductions of 18th century costumes, allowing boys and girls alike to play a starring role in their own French genre scene.  They can also laze on beautiful ottomans and read some of the best-loved fairy tales of the 18th century like Beauty and the Beast.  Children also get the chance to express their artistic side with various art projects. All of these activities take place in a beautiful room that highlights an enlarged version of Nicolas Lancret’s famous work, Blindman’s Buff.  A period costume by students of Richard Robinson’s Academy of Fashion Design is also on display.

This travel back in time, both fun and educational, is available daily, from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm until the close of The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard, on 7 September.

If you would like more information, contact the National Gallery of Canada at 613.990.1985 or 1.800.319.ARTS.

For interested media, please contact the Communications Department of the National Gallery of Canada at 613.990.6835, to make arrangements.


- 28 July, 2003 -  


Lindsay Kesselman
Communications and Marketing
tel. (613) 990.6835
Yves Théoret
Chief, Marketing and communications
tel. (613) 990-3142
fax (613) 990-9824