Learning from a master artist
by Sandy Lindsay

April 4, 2017


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Her work is in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Indian and Inuit Art Collection in Hull, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and at Centre Block on Parliament Hill.

She is Metis artist, Christi Belcourt and, this week, she has been at Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) helping and teaching young budding art students.

The old technique of potato stamping is still used by Christi Belcourt

Isaac Murdoch creates the base of what will be a water mural

Also working with the students is Isaac Murdoch of the Fish Clan of Serpent River First Nation, whose company Ojibway Connections, teaches young people traditional life skills and is known for his advocacy in getting the younger generation in touch with the land.  He has traveled internationally as an advocate and spokesperson and has met Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and many Canadian dignitaries.

The week at SDSS began with students from  G. C. Huston Public School in Southampton.  The students have been creating their own art work based on the traditional 'Seven Grandfather Teachings' and this was an opportunity for them to learn more techniques.

SDSS Art Teacher, Jan Sanagan, deep in conversation with Ray Auger

"Painting is usually very solitary," says SDSS art teacher, Jan Sanagan, "so collaborating and sharing a story and moving through that visually as part of a team is a huge challenge."

Ray Auger agreed. "To visualize and conceptualize an oral story is very difficult."

Christi Belcourt creates as Isaac Murdoch explains the geography of his territory in Serpent River

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Concentration ... Kathleen Parsons

Speeding up the drying process

Christi Belcourt (R) explains mixing paints

(L) Diya Parikh and Maddy Craig of G. C. Huston Public School work on a night sky

Day two, three and four will consist of groups of SDSS students who will spend a day with the artists with a final unveiling of three murals that have been created over the course of the week.

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