Art and Indigenous Spirituality
Online Painting Studio
with Don Chretien
Tuesdays, May 19 to June 30
3 to 6 pm
Due to popular demand, we are offering a second session on Tuesdays of this series of seven virtual painting classes led by Ojibwe artist Don Chretien. Each class begins with one of the Seven Grandfathers’ lessons and a discussion of its meaning.
Following the discussion, participants will take part in a live painting studio that includes artmaking demonstrations, individual art critiques and a sharing session with other class participants. These classes are a unique opportunity to explore Indigenous spirituality and learn some of the techniques used by Chretien, a respected contemporary Indigenous artist inspired by the Woodland School.
7-week online session
Dates: Tuesdays, May 19 to June 30, 2020
Time: 3 to 6 pm
Level: Beginner/Intermediate, 18+
Materials: Not included. Please click below for a list of suggested materials:
An internet connection, microphone and camera-enabled computer or smartphone is required. This class will be delivered via the video conferencing app Zoom. You do not require a Zoom account to participate; the link to access the class will be sent to you in advance.
How to join: Once you have purchased the classes you will be sent an email with all necessary information and details about how to access the class online. If you have any questions please contact our programs department.
About the Instructor
Donald graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1985 and was selected to be part of the Aboriginal Art Acquisition Program for the 2010 Olympic Games. He was commissioned to create a massive 80-foot installation piece for the Vancouver Olympics titled Mother, Friend, Small Bird which is on permanent display in Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum.
His work demonstrates his quest for an artistic expression of his Anishinaabe identity, which encompasses issues of language, family, place and self-determination. His distinctive style is influenced by the Woodland style of art common to his band, Nipissing First Nation, and his ongoing exploration of his heritage has him concentrating on distinct aspects of Ojibwe doodems (clans) and legends.