Visual Ways of Knowing at the McMichael Gallery

Visual Ways of Knowing: An Art-Based Workshop for Medical Learners at the McMichael Art Gallery


Eligibility To Participate:

No art experience necessary.  All materials, including entrance fee, provided thanks to funding from Post-MD Education at the University of Toronto.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis for medical students, residents and fellows at the University of Toronto.  Up to two spots may be reserved for medical educators if space permits.

You must commit firmly to attending both parts of the workshop (see below). For more information and to register:

Goals :
This two-part workshop will address learners’ needs for:

  • – critical thinking
  • – mental and emotional flexibility
  • – awareness of preconceptions/biases
  • – practice in disrupting assumptions
  • – alternatives to judgment/self-judgment
  • – fostering reflective capacity
  • – observational acuity/visual literacy


Objectives :
Through viewing, describing, discussing, and creating visual art, learners will:

  • – practice alternative ways of perceiving
  • – develop a vocabulary to articulate what they see
  • – work collaboratively with peers to generate meaning
  • – reflect on their cognitive and affective responses to visual images, which can be incorporated into course learning portfolios
  • – consider the connections between a keen appreciation of visual art and enhanced practice of medicine
  • – practice art-making as a means of understanding and reflection
  • – enhance their appreciation of the rich contexts of Canadian visual culture.


Dates – In two parts:
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10am to 3:30pm
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg


Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:30pm
Private Collector’s home
35 Owen Blvd, Toronto

Michael J. Weinberg MD MSc BSc FRCS(C), Plastic Surgeon; Board Member, McMichael Gallery
Shelley Wall MSc BMC PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Communications, UofT; Illustrator-in-Residence in the Faculty of Medicine, UofT; VTS-trained
Eva-Marie Stern RP MA, Art Psychotherapist; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UofT; VTS-trained
Allan Peterkin MD FRCP(C) FCFP, Professor of Psychiatry, UofT; Head of University of Toronto Program in Health and Humanities