Show Your Creativity.
This program is designed to provide 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. The study of Aboriginal art is complimented by learning various visual art skills in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, print making and mix media.
You will be given the opportunity to work with a number of mediums in order to explore and discover your own 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 the artist's work though exposure and sales. In addition you will have the opportunity to work with an artist from the visiting art's program.
This certificate will prepare you for further study in Portage College diploma programs through the development of a portfolio that documents artistic and professional development. The certificate also provides you with prior post-secondary education the opportunity to study and learn traditional Aboriginal art forms and culture for work in Aboriginal communities, with Aboriginal populations, for your own artistic development or a variety of other situations.
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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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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.
High school diploma with:
- English 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
- Strong interest in Native arts and culture
- Computer literacy is recommended
- English Language Arts 30-2 or English 33 with at least 50% OR
- CAAT C (eliminate the following testing sections: Number Operations, Problem Solving & Mechanical Reasoning), score of Stanine 5 or greater) Interview with Coordinator
- Applicants must be 19 years of age and out of high school for one year
- Interview with Coordinator
Transferable to University Studies; NATA166, NATA167, NATA168 and NATA169.