Enrol in Indigenous History, Symbolism & Art
Course Code: ARTS2472
Explore the stories and narratives of the Star Maiden, Grandmother Moon, Continuum, the Healer. This course will not only approach the practical aspects and techniques of art - such as colour, line, composition and techniques of applying acrylic paint to canvas and/or paper - it will also guide you through the diverse interpretations of Indigenous methods of expression. Gain an understanding of a wide variety of Indigenous art forms including pre-contact, traditional and contemporary. Become familiar with the use and significance of Indigenous worldview, traditional narratives, oral history, and symbolism in the art of Indigenous people. Through the medium of your choice (drawing with pencil or pen and ink or charcoal; painting in acrylics or watercolour on paper or canvas; or sculpture using Plasticine), push the limits of your artistic expression. A brief introduction to airbrushing techniques will also be included. Instruction is suited to beginner to advanced artists and would be ideal for schoolteachers looking for curriculum content regarding Indigenous Studies. There will be an optional interpretive field trip to the Peterborough Petroglyphs, Whetung Art Gallery, and an artist's studio in Curve Lake. Students choosing not to go will be accommodated with exercises in the studio.