Teachers Lesson Plans

The Group of Seven

This lesson offers a general introduction to the original members of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, who was never officially part of the Group but had a lasting influence on its members.



The Group of Seven


Canadian paintings by the Group of Seven


In the 1910s, Tom Thomson, an artist and avid outdoorsman, revolutionized the way we view the Canadian landscape. He had a brief career, a mere five years because he died in 1917, but he introduced a group of painters from Toronto to Algonquin Park. Like him, they were captivated by that unique wilderness. Thomson became an inspiration to those artists, who later formed the Group of Seven.