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.
Read how Portage College is reviving hide tanning, a fading Native art form - Maclean's Magazine, December 2016.
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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.
- English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2
- Placement evaluation (CAAT-C), score of Stanine 4 or greater
- Strong interest in Native arts and culture
- Assessment if required
- Computer literacy is recommended