Aboriginal Art Certificate

Show Your Creativity.

This wonderful program will provide you with the unique opportunity to study Aboriginal art forms as well as other media and to experience learning in a studio environment. This program is designed to provide you with a solid knowledge base in traditional Aboriginal art forms as well as introductory level theory and skills in a variety of other fine art and craft media.

You will learn traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art forms such as beading, carving, footwear, sewing, and hide tanning as well as the cultural and historic significance of these art forms.

You will have the opportunity to work with a number of mediums in order to explore and discover your artistic passion and interest through project-based study. Included in these exploratory courses is Digital Media which will offer you the basics in this exciting and growing art form. The courses are designed to introduce and develop specific techniques and design so that you may create works inspired by traditional and contemporary approaches.

The focus of the program is on developing skills and exploring media. Knowledge and skills in professional practice will be taught for promotion of your work through exposure and sales. In addition you will have the opportunity to work with an artist from the visiting art's program.

Take a look at this brochure for details.

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Read how Portage College is reviving hide tanning, a fading Native art form - Maclean's Magazine, December 2016.

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Career Potential

This certificate will prepare you for further study in Portage College diploma programs through the development of a portfolio that will document your artistic and professional development. The certificate also provides you with the knowlede and skills to work in; Aboriginal communities, with Aboriginal populations, or a variety of other situations.

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Admission Requirements

  • English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2
  • Placement evaluation (CAAT-C), score of Stanine 4 or greater
  • Interview
  • Strong interest in Native arts and culture
  • Assessment if required
  • Computer literacy is recommended

Aboriginal Arts Certificate

  • ART EXPOSE

    Course ID: NATA172

    Name: ART EXPOSE

    Hours: 20

    Credits: 1

    Students are given the opportunity to visit art galleries, artists' studios, art & craft suppliers, museums and other sales venues. Students gain exposure to art makets and the opportunity to learn from parcticing artists. Students will design and produce an Art Expose showcasing their own work.

  • BEADWORK I

    Course ID: NATA116

    Name: BEADWORK I

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    The focus of this course is the practice of beadwork in North America. Students complete projects using the three main styles of beadwork: loom, lazy stitch and appliqué. A number of related bead-working techniques are also presented.

  • CARVING I

    Course ID: NATA114

    Name: CARVING I

    Hours: 80

    Credits: 3

    The Carving course is divided into two sections - wood and stone. In each section, students become familiar with the raw material, the tools and the processes by which each can be worked into finished pieces.

  • COMMUNICATIONS & COMPUTER BASICS

    Course ID: NATA090

    Name: COMMUNICATIONS & COMPUTER BASICS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    The course is designed to familiarize students with specific skills in the area of communication and active listening. Emphasis is on personal well-being, with individual responsibility towards a wholistic approach to health for families and communities.

  • DECORATIVE ARTS I

    Course ID: NATA120

    Name: DECORATIVE ARTS I

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 2.5

    Students are instructed in the traditional arts of moose hair and caribou hair tufting, porcupine quillwork, horse-hair wrapping and fish scale art. Instruction includes the collection, cleaning and dyeing of the natural materials.

  • DIGITAL ART

    Course ID: NATA170

    Name: DIGITAL ART

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 2.5

    This course introduces the computer as a creative tool for the visual artist. Students will focus on developing basic skills in the digital environment including navigating software and conceptualizing ideas in artwork.

  • FOOTWEAR I

    Course ID: NATA118

    Name: FOOTWEAR I

    Hours: 80

    Credits: 3

    The focus of this course is to design, decorate and construct Native footwear. Each student makes a pair of moccasins and a pair of mukluks in the Woodlands style.

  • HIDE TANNING I

    Course ID: NATA110

    Name: HIDE TANNING I

    Hours: 100

    Credits: 3

    The Hide Tanning course focuses on the traditional methods used in preparing, tanning and smoking hides, as practiced by the Northern Woods Cree. Techniques for working with rawhide are also introduced, along with a number of traditional living skills activities.

  • NATIVE STUDIES

    Course ID: NATS119

    Name: NATIVE STUDIES

    Hours: 48

    Credits: 2

    The Native Studies 119 course provides an overview of the pre-history of Aboriginal people in Canada. Study will include an examination of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art, music, games, dance, literature and film. The purpose of this approach is to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal people's histories and the cultural diversity of Aboriginal peoples.

  • NATURE CRAFTS I

    Course ID: NATA122

    Name: NATURE CRAFTS I

    Hours: 65

    Credits: 2

    This course provides instruction in the collection, preparation and conservation of natural materials used to make nature crafts. Students construct projects using a variety of materials, including bark, branches and roots.

  • SEWING I

    Course ID: NATA112

    Name: SEWING I

    Hours: 100

    Credits: 3

    Students learn measuring, pattern preparation and basic sewing techniques. Hand sewing skills, including the decorative techniques of appliqué work and embroidery are included along with instruction in the operation of sewing machines and sergers.

  • VISUAL ARTS I-DRAWING

    Course ID: NATA166

    Name: VISUAL ARTS I-DRAWING

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 2.5

    Comprised of four courses, Visual Arts will explore and examine different materials, techniques, concepts and processes through a variety of art forms - drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media compositions, clay and metal sculpture.

  • VISUAL ARTS II

    Course ID: NATA167

    Name: VISUAL ARTS II

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 2.5

    Comprised of four courses, Visual Arts will explore and examine different materials, techniques, concepts and processes through a variety of art forms - drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media compositions, clay and metal sculpture.

  • VISUAL ARTS III

    Course ID: NATA168

    Name: VISUAL ARTS III

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 2.5

    Comprised of four courses, Visual Arts will explore and examine different materials, techniques, concepts and processes through a variety of art forms - drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media compositions, clay and metal sculpture.

  • VISUAL ARTS IV

    Course ID: NATA169

    Name: VISUAL ARTS IV

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 2.5

    Comprised of four courses, Visual Arts will explore and examine different materials, techniques, concepts and processes through a variety of art forms - drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media compositions, clay and metal sculpture.

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