ART HIVES : free creation workshop

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The Art Hive is back at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke.The activity is held on the 1st Sunday of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with an art-therapist and a mediator from Museum.

This creation workshop, free of charge and open to all. The Art Hive is a space of well being, encounters and inclusion. A great quantity and variety of creative material is available for participants. There is no teaching. Independent creativity, learning and know-how sharing experiences are encouraged. Anyone who feels the urge to create is welcome.

At the start of the activity, a work from the collection of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is presented as an introduction to the session, followed by an art-therapeutic exercise linked to the theme.

All are welcome!



Emmanuelle Meunier

Graduate in the Art Therapy Master`s (Concordia University, 2015), Emmanuelle is the Museum ‘Art Hives’ facilitator since 2019. Since the very beginning of her career, she works with a wide array of populations; youth, adults, veterans, immigrants, refugees, first nation communities, etc. More recently, she decided to further develop her private practice with youth who get her help individually, whether it is through online or presential sessions. Emmanuelle`s humanistic approach brought her to study the community art studio method with Janis Timm-Bottos, also art therapist and director of the Art Hives Initiative and Network. It made sense for Emmanuelle to get involved in her community to create the first Sherbrooke ‘official art hive.  

This very Art Hive is also the the second art hive in a museum in Quebec.




DatesTopicsWorks from the MBAS collectionIntroduction to free creative activity
Sunday, August 6, 2023Summer’s blueAnne-Marie Lessard-Bost, Sur le bord du lac, n.d., oil painting, 15.2 x 10.2 cm.Anne-Marie Lessard-Bost is a self-taught painter from the Matapedia Valley in the Gaspé Peninsula. Her works depict everyday life, embellished with imaginative elements.

The work Sur le bord du lac (On the lake shore) is a naive depiction of people enjoying summer by the water. A man plays with his dog, sailboats sail peacefully, people prepare to take to the water. Tall, long trees link the earth to the immense sky.

As part of this Art Hive, we invite you to reflect on the color of summer and its small pleasures.
Sunday, September 3, 2023The breathJean-Onésime Legault, Robinson Farm, 1928, oil painting, 10 x 15.3 cm.Jean-Onésime Legault was a 20th-century painter, photographer and illustrator. A member of the Montée Saint-Michel painters, Legault enjoyed making excursions to paint small-format landscapes known as pochades.

Ferme Robinson depicts a landscape in autumnal colors. A closer look at the trees and cottages, but above all, the sky, reveals the artist’s brushstrokes: movement is very present in Legault’s work. It’s as if a warm wind is blowing through the work.

As part of this Ruche d’Art, we’ll be focusing on the theme of breath to breathe life into our creations.
Sunday, October 1st, 2023Mirror, mirror…Gerhard Richter, Spiegel, 1986, wood, glass, mirror, 19 x 28 cm.RUCHE D’ART SPÉCIALE – JOURNÉES DE LA CULTURE 2023

Born in Dresden (Germany) in 1932, Gerhard Richter is a prolific artist known for his figurative and abstract paintings. He trained at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, and never ceased to renew his practice: sculpture, ready-mades, atlases, photo-paintings and more.

The work Spiegel is part of his glass and mirror series from the 1980s. Interestingly, the work is classified as a ready-made, an object from which the utilitarian function is deliberately removed to transform it into a work of art.

When we look at Spiegel, we’re actually looking at ourselves – we’re part of the work. What does this mean for you? Is it a surprising, even confronting experience? That’s what we’re going to explore together today.
Sunday, November 5, 2023The shieldGisèle Leclerc,
La visite, 1987, oil painting, 25 x 30.3 cm.
Quebec painter Gisèle Leclerc studied at the École des beaux-arts de Québec from 1941 to 1954. She discovered Expressionism while leafing through art books featuring German artists breaking with the more traditional academic style. Leclerc’s works are highly expressive, expressing pain, malaise and solitude. Occasionally, a self-portrait can be deciphered.

The work observed, La visite, is both warm and cold, with the contrast between the icy blue background and the magma-red areas of the figure in the center. Some will see a grotesquely shaped face, a figure protecting himself with his arms against his body.

What is this figure afraid of? Today’s session explores the theme of the shield.
Sunday, December 3, 2023SerenityLuc-Antoine Couturier, Femme à la colombe, 1981, oil painting,
9 x 13.5 cm.
Best known for his photography, Luc-Antoine Couturier began his artistic journey by exploring watercolor and painting. His works capture the beauty and light of places.

The observed Femme à la colombe depicts a nude figure seated with a bird in the foreground. A wispy blue background adds a very soothing ambience to the composition.

As part of this December’s Art Hive, we offer you a slow-motion moment to express your zenitude through artistic expression.