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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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Kenojuak Ashevak – A Great Canadian Artist

“A lot of times, I don’t make what is in my head because, as I go along, it even gets better. Maybe a lot of the artists are like me. They get stuck, and as they go along, it just comes.”

-Kenojuak Ashevak

A short time ago we were invited by a local Brownie group to come in and talk about a legend in Canadian art, Kenojuak Ashevak

Kenojuak Ashevak was born in an igloo in 1927 in Ikerrasak, which is located on Southern Baffin Island. She began her career in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. She worked in graphite, coloured pencils and felt-tip pens, and occasionally used poster paints, watercolours and acrylics.

She created many carvings from soapstone and thousands of drawings, etching, stonecut prints — all sought after by museums and collectors.She designed several drawings for Canadian stamps and coins.

During our session, the Brownie’s worked with liquid watercolour paint to create the background of their piece. Next, we used foam plates to create our own owls in the style of Ashevak.

*Sources: the Canada Council for the Arts and Wikipedia.


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