L’École à l’œuvre : La boîte-paysage

In school artist residency with Marie-Eve Fontaine
Francophone Theatre Youth Workshops Visual Arts

In school

Ages 10-14

*Available Winter 2023*

Receive an artist in residence in your classroom! 

The imagination knows no bounds. With it, we explore, we invent, we fly away, we solve, we dream. Imagination allows us to escape the boundaries of time and place, the constraints of reality. It’s also a muscle that can become weak and atrophied. Yes, it’s true: you have to train yourself to dream in colour! In pandemic times, when our freedom is restricted by a virus, it’s especially important to train our imagination. The boîte-paysage (landscape box) is a tool that allows us to go on a dream journey and reinvent ourselves. As the poet Vasko Popa would say, “Now in the little box / You have the whole world in miniature”. 

Led by artist Marie-Ève Fontaine, this series of workshops is a kind of boot camp for the imagination, where your students will be encouraged to generate new ideas, reinvent themselves and navigate unexplored landscapes. Once their imaginations are well engaged, their mission will be to illustrate their visions by creating their own landscape box, which will become a key tool for them to tell their own dream stories! 


Session content 

Workshop 1: Brainstorming 

Workshop 2: Fine-tuning your story 

Workshop 3: The banner and the box 

Workshop 4: Assembling the landscape box 

Workshop 5: Presenting the landscape box 


Space is limited, so book early! If you have any questions, please contact Véronique Lavoie-Marcus, Coordinator, Youth Programming, NAC French Theatre. 

Learn more about the artists

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.