Grade 6: Social Studies Explore the MIA

Overview

Our one-hour guided program combines a museum visit through our permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as a hands-on component where students are able to touch and explore art making materials used by Inuit artists.

Students in grade 6 will develop a deep understanding of the historical and contemporary relationships between Inuit and Qallunaat (non-Inuit) in Canada, dating back to early contact. Particular reference is made to printmaking techniques that were introduced to Inuit by artist James Houston in the 1940s.

The hands-on session will allow students the opportunity to touch and explore some of the indigenous materials used in Inuit art making in order to illustrate the impact of environmental factors on the art, as well as develop an appreciation for the process of producing art objects.

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