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The Group of Seven brought together Canadian artists who were searching for a new way to paint. They wanted to make art that helped people understand the way our Canadian landscape looked and felt. Their names were Franklin Carmichael, Lawren S. Harris, A. Y. Jackson, F. H. Varley, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frank Johnston, who left the group and was later replaced by A. J. Casson. Tom Thomson is often considered an honorary member of the Group of Seven. He joined them on many painting trips, but drowned in Algonquin Park before the group formed.

In this coloring book, you will find 22 paintings of lakes, forests, and mountains by Thomson and the Group of Seven. They are shown as small pictures on the inside front and back covers. You will notice that the painters did not try to make a painting that looked like a photograph. Instead, they used bold brush strokes and simple shapes to tell the story of what it felt like to be in that place. When you color in these pictures, you can either try to copy the original colors and style, or you might decide to use your own. The last page of this book is blank so that you can draw and color in your own picture. Find a hill, a group of trees, or a row of houses, and see if you can capture them on the page.


Tom Thomson, The West Wind, 1916–1917

Franklin Carmichael, Jackfish Village, 1926

Tom Thomson, Marguerites, Wood Lilies and Vetch, 1915

Lawren S. Harris, Spruce and Snow, Northern Ontario, 1916

J. E. H. MacDonald, Mount Goodsir, Yoho Park, 1925

Franklin Carmichael, Mattawa, 1935

Lawren S. Harris, Lake, Algonquin Park, n.d.

A. J. Casson, Old Store at Salem, 1931

Lawren S. Harris, Lake and Mountains, 1928

Tom Thomson, The Canoe, 1914

Franklin Carmichael, La Cloche Mountain and Lake, c. 1940

Lawren S. Harris, Algoma Lake, c. 1920

Arthur Lismer, Sunlight in a Wood, 1930

Lawren S. Harris, Grey Day, Lake Superior, c. 1922

A. Y. Jackson, Near Murray Bay, Quebec, n.d.

Franz (Frank) Johnston, Cowboy Camp, Sundown, Lake Louise, Alberta, 1925

Arthur Lismer, Lily Pond, Georgian Bay, 1948

J. E. H. MacDonald, The Elements, 1916

Franklin Carmichael, Autumn Hillside, 1920

J. E. H. MacDonald, Falls, Montreal River, 1920

Tom Thomson, Autumn Foliage, 1915

A. J. Casson, Jack Pine and Poplar, 1948