Sharing Perspectives: Indigenous Contemporary Art Workshop

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Program Description

Deepen learning about Coast Salish and Northwest Coast cultures and contemporary artmaking practices through an inquiry of diverse artworks by Indigenous artists. From cedar bark weavings, aluminum public sculptures, and buffalo hide drums to paintings, performances, and prints, students will discuss public artworks located in Surrey, as well as art from the Gallery’s permanent collection. A local Indigenous artist, who is one of our art educators, will lead your workshop, sharing images, stories, touchables, and a hands-on art activity growing out of their own art practice. Look online for pre-workshop preparation information.

Big Ideas
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts express meaning in unique ways.
  • People connect to others and share ideas through the arts.
  • People create art to express who they are as individuals and community.
  • Creative expression develops our unique identity and voice.
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts are each unique languages for creating and communicating.
  • The arts connect our experiences to the experiences of others.
  • Artists experiment in a variety of ways to discover new possibilities.
  • Exploring works of art exposes us to diverse values, knowledge, and perspectives.
  • Works of art influence and are influenced by the world around us.
  • Experiencing art is a means to develop empathy for others’ perspectives and experiences.
  • Engaging in the arts develops people’s ability to understand and express complex ideas.
  • Experiencing art challenges our point of view and expands our understanding of others.
  • Through art making, one’s sense of identity and community continually evolves.
  • Artists often challenge the status quo and open us to new perspectives and experiences.
  • Individual and collective expression can be achieved through the arts.
  • Identity is explored, expressed, and impacted through arts experiences.
  • The arts provide opportunities to gain insight into the perspectives and experiences of people from a variety of times, places, and cultures.
  • Our communities are diverse and made of individuals who have a lot in common.
  • Stories and traditions about ourselves and our families reflect who we are and where we are from.
  • Canada is made up of many diverse regions and communities.
  • Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory.
  • Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity.
  • Interactions between First Peoples and Europeans lead to conflict and cooperation, which continues to shape Canada’s identity.
  • Exploration, expansion, and colonization had varying consequences for different groups.
  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Days Offered: 
    Times Offered: 
    90 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Also Offered For: 
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    Fee Details
    Fee Notes: 

    $139 per workshop

    2 workshops per day must be booked

    Additional Notes

    Program instructor will go to schools in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminder, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, Langley, Tri-Cities, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge.