First Friday: Artist and Teacher = Art Collaboration By Lita Fontaine
Free, everyone welcome!
Lita Fontaine will discuss her classroom experiences, her collaboration with teachers and her art-making with students, using Indigenous teachings and models. Fontaine’s practice is predominately studio-based and her education methodology is hands-on, so that process can play an integral role in learning.
Fontaine believes passionately in the power of visual arts for makers and viewers of all ages: as catharsis and to nourish emotional, physical, mental and spiritual growth.
Join us after Fontaine’s talk to celebrate the launch of Resilience: 50 Indigenous Art Cards and Teaching Guide, a ground-breaking education tool for students in kindergarten to grade 12, published by MAWA. This set of art reproductions, featuring the works of 50 Indigenous women contemporary artists, is accompanied by a guide on how to use them in the classroom co-written by Lita Fontaine. Let us come together and enjoy some special snacks in honour of all those who have made this project possible.
The Seven Oaks School Division has employed Lita Fontaine (Dakota/Anishinaabe/Métis) for the past 18 years as Artist in Residence. In that role, she collaborates with teachers, integrating art into the school division’s and provincial curricula. Fontaine is a mixed-media artist whose work has been exhibited widely and can be found in collections including those of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the University of Regina.