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A.Y. Jackson – Aurora Borealis

There were dozens of lakes, many of them not on the map. For identification purposes we gave them names. The bright sparkling lakes we named after people we admired… to the swampy ones, all messed up with moose tracks, we gave the names of the critics who disparaged us.”

– A. Y. Jackson

The beautiful Aurora Borealis inspired our art work today. We learned about a founding member of the Group of Seven, A.Y. Jackson. His artistic talent was revealed when Jackson began work at age twelve for a Montreal Lithography (printing) company to help support his mother and five siblings.  He took evening classes to train as an artist. He formally joined the Group of Seven in 1919 and exhibited with them. Mr. Jackson had a remarkable career and produced many iconic paintings.

To make our own Aurora paintings we used several washes of liquid watercolours to give our sky and lake their beautiful colours. We painted our mountain scape with black acrylic paint and finished with chalk pastels. The paintings really shimmer with energy.


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Trees Inspired by Ted Harrison

 “One curator said he didn’t want my work in his gallery because it was so simple even children understood it. I thought what a wonderful tribute!”

-Ted Harrison

Ted Harrison‘s work is filled with energy and whimsy and continues to influence Canadian artists of today. The students enjoyed learning about the life and career of Mr. Harrison and his love of Canada’s north.

After drawing our oil pastel tree the students used warm and cool acrylic paint to fill in the background.


**This art project was inspired by Art Projects for Kids**

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Fish Prints Inspired by Kenojuak Ashevak

  “A lot of times, I don’t make what is in my head because, as I go along, it even gets better.”

-Kenojuak Ashevak

During this session we learned about the great Canadian artist, Kenojuak Ashevak. She was born in an igloo in 1927 in Ikerrasak, which is located on Southern Baffin Island.  Kenojuak Ashevak used many mediums to create, including: graphite, soapstone, coloured pencils, felt tip pens, watercolours and acrylics.   She designed several drawings for Canadian stamps and coins.  Her famous work, The Enchanted Owl was made into a stamp in 1970.

We used foam trays to make our fish printing plates. The students learned how to apply paint with a brayer and press their plate onto their watercolour background.

The watercolour background is alive with movement and colour.


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