Visual Ways of Knowing

Visual Ways of Knowing at the McMichael Art Gallery – Fall 2019


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


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.


Eligibility To Participate

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. No art experience necessary. All materials, including entrance fee, provided thanks to funding from Post-MD Education at the University of Toronto. You must commit firmly to attending both parts of the workshop as there is a wait list for this seminar. (see below).


In two parts:

1) Saturday, October 26, 2019 – 10am to 3:30pm at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection,10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg; and

2) Later date (TBA) 7:30pm at a Private Curator/Collector’s home.



  • Michael J. Weinberg MD MSc BSc FRCS(C), Plastic Surgeon; Board Member, McMichael
  • 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


For more information and to register: