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Emily Rose Michaud

Performing arts
Land art/installation/performance


Emily Rose Michaud

Emily is an artist, performer, teacher and community organizer working at the intersections of art and ecology. In recent years, her environmentally- and socially-driven approach has resulted in a series of in situ art projects, speaking engagements, community activist art projects, performances and publications. Emily is a founding member of Les Amis du Champ des Possibles, a citizen-run non-profit that advocates for the cultural, ecological, and social importance of wild urban spaces. She is co-director of an art- and nature-themed youth summer camp built on 200 acres of rural farmland. Emily has collaborated with community groups, municipal politicians, city architects, botanists, journalists and artists on projects that cultivate civic participation and environmental stewardship. She is based between Outaouais and Montréal. Learn more at:

Proposed approach and type of activities

Land art, in situ installation, performance, drawing and painting: Emily's art weaves something bigger than object into its fabric: experience. Her projects invite the public to participate in something natural yet ephemeral, to reinvigorate its sense of place. Whether it is a living tapestry, a multi-year land art project or an electronic book made to be remixed, her projects embody the living processes and traces of material as social practice. Emily experiments with ways of working that feed the commons, transform spectators into participants and extend artistic production beyond rarefied spaces into social, political and environmental action. Emily is concerned with the living systems of our world and cities—natural, cultural, civic—especially as they relate to municipal power, politics and decisions that impact urban development, ecology and land use.

Other examples of activities

Workshop 1

Introduction to land art and projects for public spaces

Curious about artists working in collaboration with land and nature? Can classroom creations fit into public space to transform everyday environments? Walking tours will inspire students to think about outdoor space differently. We'll cover poetic, political and environmental art forms that come from thinking outside the box, help to reshape the places in which we live and create dialogue about the role of art and its relationship to environment. We’ll begin with a visual presentation covering ecological art projects from around the world, and then create our own projects incorporating living materials. These projects include hands-on planting (living tapestry with germinated seeds on burlap), seed bombs, stencils, street installations and outdoor land art. We will create a plan for a project we would like to complete. We will observe the signs, signals and stories around us to inspire our temporary installations. Drawing, stencils, sticker and poster art, wheat paste, performance art, site-specific installation are just some of the stimulating mediums that will be covered. How might our drawings and sculptures be transformed for everyday use? How might one commission for public art projects? These questions and much more will be discussed in this lively course.

Special conditions

INTRO TO PIGMENTS. Needs: surfaces for painting (cardboard, wood, recuperated materials, textiles and paper), pots with lids, paper, paintbrushes, pencils, erasers. Emily provides: info booklet with recipes for participants, ail supplies needed for paint (including binders and pigments).

FEATHERS, FUR, FLOWERS. Needs: surfaces for painting (cardboard, wood, recuperated materials, textiles, paper), feathers, fabric, flowers, construction paper, magazines, paintbrushes, pots with lids. White glue, scissors, string, tape. Emily provides: materials for the workshop (paper, watercolour paints, materials for puppets, etc.).

INTRO TO LAND ART. Needs: overhead projector with cable and computer (for visual presentation), X-Acto knives, rigid cardboard, paper, sponges. Emily provides: materials for the workshop (seeds, compost, clay, burlap). Skills: Imagination, drawing from observation, painting techniques (colour, texture, consistency, measurement). Subjects: nature, science, chemistry, geography.

$ 100 will be charged for material fee per day

For information

Phone : 819 918-0229
Email :

Subject to taxes (GST, PST)



Kindergarten, Primary 1, Primary 2, Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2, Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5

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