Lectures

First Fridays

First Friday: Artist and Teacher = Art Collaboration By Lita Fontaine

  • October 4, 2019, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • MAWA, 611 Main Street

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.

  • Lita Fontaine

    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.