Inspiring artistic creativity, the Aboriginal Art program provides students with the unique opportunity to study Aboriginal art and other types of mediums within a studio environment.
Taught at the Lac La Biche campus, the program offers traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art forms through hands-on instruction. The qualified and skilled instructors have a vast knowledge of Aboriginal art from a cultural and historic point-of-view. This certificate program prepares students for further study in the diploma program at Portage College.
The Certificate program will not only spark one's creativity, it will expand an artist's ability, mindset and passion for Aboriginal art. A student who walks in as a freshman student to Portage College, will walk out as a skilled and qualified Artist.
Once completed the Certificate program, students have the opportunity to continue their study in the Artisan Entrepreneurship Diploma program.
English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2. Placement evaluation (CAAT-C), score of Stanine 4 or greater. Interview. Strong interest in Native arts and culture. Assessment if required. Computer literacy is recommended.
The certificate enhances artist skill sets and prepares students to promote their art as artists, or pursue a career in art or craft centres, Friendship centres or artist run centres. This certificate also prepares students for further study in Portage College's Artisan Entrepreneurship diploma program.
Course ID: NATA090
Name: COMMUNICATIONS & COMPUTER BASICS
The course is designed to familiarize students with specific skills in the area of communication and active listening. Emphasis is on personal well-being, with individual responsibility towards a wholistic approach to health for families and communities.
Course ID: NATA110
Name: HIDE TANNING I
The Hide Tanning course focuses on the traditional methods used in preparing, tanning and smoking hides, as practiced by the Northern Woods Cree. Techniques for working with rawhide are also introduced, along with a number of traditional living skills activities.
Course ID: NATA112
Name: SEWING I
Students learn measuring, pattern preparation and basic sewing techniques. Hand sewing skills, including the decorative techniques of appliqué work and embroidery are included along with instruction in the operation of sewing machines and sergers.
Course ID: NATA114
Name: CARVING I
The Carving course is divided into two sections - wood and stone. In each section, students become familiar with the raw material, the tools and the processes by which each can be worked into finished pieces.
Course ID: NATA116
Name: BEADWORK I
The focus of this course is the practice of beadwork in North America. Students complete projects using the three main styles of beadwork: loom, lazy stitch and appliqué. A number of related bead-working techniques are also presented.
Course ID: NATA118
Name: FOOTWEAR I
The focus of this course is to design, decorate and construct Native footwear. Each student makes a pair of moccasins and a pair of mukluks in the Woodlands style.
Course ID: NATA120
Name: DECORATIVE ARTS I
Students are instructed in the traditional arts of moose hair and caribou hair tufting, porcupine quillwork, horse-hair wrapping and fish scale art. Instruction includes the collection, cleaning and dyeing of the natural materials.
Course ID: NATA122
Name: NATURE CRAFTS I
This course provides instruction in the collection, preparation and conservation of natural materials used to make nature crafts. Students construct projects using a variety of materials, including bark, branches and roots.
Course ID: NATA166
Name: VISUAL ARTS I-DRAWING
Course ID: NATA167
Name: VISUAL ARTS II-PAINTING
Course ID: NATA168
Name: VISUAL ARTS III-MAKING/2D COMPOSITION
Course ID: NATA169
Name: VISUAL ARTS IV-CLAY/CERAMIC/WELDING
Course ID: NATA170
Name: DIGITAL ART
Course ID: NATA171
Name: ART EXPOSE
Course ID: NATS119
Name: NATIVE STUDIES
The Native Studies 119 course provides an overview of the pre-history of Aboriginal people in Canada. Study will include an examination of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art, music, games, dance, literature and film. The purpose of this approach is to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal people's histories and the cultural diversity of Aboriginal peoples.