Fine Arts - Primary
We appreciate that teachers are respecting that songs and stories may belong to families and communities and that some are not meant for sharing. It is for this reason, we are attempting to get songs that may be taught in our schools specifically by non-Aboriginal Teachers.
For Visual Arts Teachers, we recommend the following books:
- Learning By Doing Northwest Coast Native Indian Art by Karin Clark and Jim Gilbert
- Learning by Designing Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art by Karen Clark and Jim Gilbert (volume 1)
- Learning by Designing Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art by Karen Clark and Jim Gilbert (volume 2)
- First Nations Art Projects and Activities by Butch Dick and Karin Clark
- Always teach local perspectives first. Know who are local First Nation communities are and seek out resources to support local artists. Surrey School District's Education Centre has two welcome poles carved by Leonard Wells, Semiahmoo First Nation master carver. He also carved two welcome poles for Earl Marriott Secondary. Watch for a link that includes pictures, videos and history of Semiahmoo peoples that is due to be released soon.
- Roxanne Charles is another local artist. You can see some of her weaving on our Aboriginal website.
- Making a Metis Sash - adapted by Lauren Petersen
- See Math page for lessons related to beading and weaving.
- Coast Salish Art (Burke Museum): This website relates to southern Coast Salish art.
- Teachers, check out ArtStarts for ideas, field trip possibilities and grants! http://artstarts.com/home
- Totem Poles - Myth and Facts
- UBC article about poles
- Totem Poles - Bill Reid Gallery
- An article about poles from Aboriginal Northern Affairs Canada
- Kid friendly article from CBC kids about poles
- The Mountain of SGaana - In The Mountain of SGaana, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. The film brilliantly combines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art, and is based on a story inspired by a old Haida fable.
Some songs to listen to and learn! You must be logged onto the hub to see/hear these.
- Marlene Brajak's songs: https://www.surreyschools.ca/artseducation/projects/Pages/marlenebrajak.aspx
- Robin Genthon's songs : https://www.surreyschools.ca/artseducation/projects/Pages/robingenthon.aspx