Aboriginal Art Certificate

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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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.


Credential
Certificate

Admission Requirements
High school diploma with:

  • English 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • Strong interest in Native arts and culture
  • Computer literacy is recommended

Mature Status:

  • 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

Transferability:
Transferable to University Studies; NATA166, NATA167, NATA168 and NATA169.

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: 3

    This course introduces students to wet and dry drawing materials and the development of basic drawing skills. Students will explore the characteristics of a variety of drawing mediums while learning a number of drawing techniques and processes. Students will be learning the fundamentals of line, shape, volume, value, texture, perspective and composition. Students will be completing drawing exercises in each class as well as be responsible for completing sketchbook exercises and journal or discussion forum posts outside of class time. Prerequisite - none

  • VISUAL ARTS II - PAINTING

    Course ID: NATA167

    Name: VISUAL ARTS II - PAINTING

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    This is an introductory painting course that familiarizes students with a variety of techniques, concepts and processes in painting. The focus will be on using acrylic paint to develop an understanding of color and composition. This will be done through a series of projects that feature a variety of genres, compositional concepts and visual strategies. Prerequisite - none

  • VISUAL ARTS III - PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

    Course ID: NATA168

    Name: VISUAL ARTS III - PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will complete exploration modules in each of the following mediums; printmaking and mixed media compositions. Students will study various printmaking processes with an emphasis on learning basic materials and exploring the potential of this art form. Additionally, students will explore the use of mixed media in primarily 2D compositions. Prerequisite – none

  • VISUAL ARTS IV - SCULPTURE

    Course ID: NATA169

    Name: VISUAL ARTS IV - SCULPTURE

    Hours: 75

    Credits: 3

    In this course, students will complete exploration modules in each of the following mediums; clay and welded metal sculpture. The focus of the clay module will be on basic hand-building skills as well as introductory ceramic concepts including firing and glazing. In the welding module students will be introduced to the use of metal and basic welding techniques and concepts for the creation of art.

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