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Show Your Creativity with our Aboriginal Art Certificate.
Native Arts and Culture students preparing for the Art Exposé
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 mixed 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 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.
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 knowledge and skills to work in Indigenous communities, with Indigenous populations and a variety of other situations.
Students are given the opportunity to visit art galleries, artists' studios, art & craft suppliers, museums and other sales venues. Students gain exposure to art markets and the opportunity to learn from practicing artists. Students will design and produce an Art Expose showcasing their own work.
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.
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.
This course introduces communication theory and basic computer skills essential for artists entering
today’s business world. Students will study English grammar, writing skills and mechanics with a specific
focus on creating resumes, cover letters, artist’s statements, paragraphs and business cards. Computer
training will include enhancement of keyboarding skills and application of software programs including
Microsoft Word, Paint, Internet resources, copyright and citation of source material.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The focus of this course is on the exploration of a variety of wet & dry drawing materials and the development of basic drawing skills. Students will be introduced to fundamentals including line, shape, volume, value, texture, perspective and composition. This exploration and skill development will be done through observational and imaginative drawing.
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.
Name: VISUAL ARTS III - PRINTMAKING AND MIXED MEDIA
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.
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 kills 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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