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Historical Sense of Place: Market Town, Seascape, and Wartime Images

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Introduction

George Ackermann: A View of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Looking down Central Street from Willow Avenue

George Thresher: The Yankee Gale

Jack Turner: The Grave of Boyd Carpenter 1916, Somme Front

All art works and the stories they present come out of particular times and places. In them, we can trace the way history and geography were seen at the time they were created. Early artists in Canada were often immigrants and brought with them values and ways of seeing that were influenced by their European training. It would take some time before a distinctively Canadian art would develop.

The three art images in this section show different elements of the historical setting and sense of place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In recording the world around them, the artists leave us with images that are today symbols of their era: townscape, seascape, and landscape of war. They tell us stories about the economy, politics, and ways of life at the time they were made. They are also good examples of particular ways of seeing and artistic traditions of the period: bird's eye views or panoramas, marine paintings, and early photographs.


Integrated Learning Units Related to "Historical Sense of Place: Market Town, Seascape, and Wartime Images"

A Sense of Community
Grade(s): 1
In this unit students will discuss community; create a simple design of community; create their own community square; create a collage; discuss tartan designs; design a tartan; discuss hats; create hats; discuss leisure time and activities; create drawing; create a class play; have a class meal; and reach out to people in the community.

That Was Then
Grade(s): 7, 8, 9
In this unit students will discuss the past and examine images from the past; compare past and present; research and write community history; visit cemetery; make gravestone rubbings; examine maps; and set up database of historical information.

Outside...North of the 49th Parallel
Grade(s): 7, 8, 9
In this unit students will have class and group discussions; research artists; make charts; create drawings; view art work; make collages; and mount a display.

Inhale the Colour of Life
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In this unit students will view artworks, have class discussions, write short stories, make sketches and choose colours, write, and conduct research.

The Lines of Perception
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In this unit students will view artwork, locate focal points, make drawings, have class discussions, visit and research community sites, conduct internet research, and take photographs.

Natural Disasters
Grade(s): 11, 12
In this unit students will view art work, have class and group discussion, make drawings, make a painting, write a poem or short story, produce a display on computer, listen to music, create a soundscape, and research and present a slide show.

The Landscape
Grade(s): 10, 11
In this unit students will view artwork, have class discussion, conduct internet research, interview a senior, create artworks based on chosen words, and construct a sculptural landscape artwork.

The Mystique of the Artist
Grade(s): 11, 12
In this unit students will view art work, create a bag to hold their supplies, conduct internet research, exhibit their work with a written statement, have class discussion, make sketches, floor plans and models, write a character sketch, create a short video, conduct interviews and present findings, and host guest speaker

The Voice of the Individual
Grade(s): 1
In this unit students will view art work, design calling cards, have class discussion, make art supply kits, display their work, document an imaginary trip, present their work, create sculpted self-portraits, create a class play, create a visual letter, create a song, begin a pen-pal relationship, and make a class sketch book.

Illustrated Letters
Grade(s): 11, 12
In this unit students will view art work, write letters, make illustrations, have class and group discussion, conduct internet research, create a painting, make drawings, take digital photos, and write articles.

Real-life History
Grade(s): 4, 5
In this unit students will view art work, have class discussion, compile and display artifacts, write letters, conduct research, prepare a survey, conduct interviews, write synopsis, collect photos, plan a tour of community, create a display, and visit cemetery and do tombstone etchings.

Artists, Architects, and Architecture
Grade(s): 4, 5
In this unit students will make a drawing, have class a discussion, take a walking tour or class field trip, write a real estate advertisement, conduct research, view artwork, host an architect or homebuilder to the class, and interview seniors.

Symbols of Canada
Grade(s): 6
In this unit students will view artwork, go on field trip, make sketches, press pants or leaves, display their work, make drawings on computer, have group and class discussion, write a character sketch, write a journal entry, create landscape drawing, create and share stories, create a mural, conduct internet research, decorate classroom, and write an advertisement.

Body and Mind "Scapes"
Grade(s): 3
In this unit students will view artwork, create soundscapes, make sketches, participate in interpretive movement, make a mural, have class discussion, write journal entries, read book, participate in role-playing, collect objects from nature, and display their work.

Weather or Not!
Grade(s): 2, 3
In this unit students will view art work, have discussion, design and create a class tree, make sketches, write journal entries, participate in weather related experiments and observational activities, record results, make charts, map findings, listen to music, choreograph movement, participate in expressive body movement (possibly to the accompaniment of poetry), present their work, create a time line of images, and make weather books or calendars.

Sea-ing More Clearly
Grade(s): 1, 2
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, make sculptures, write poetry, read their poetry aloud, create a play, make and decorate masks, make collages, make paintings, listen to music, make music, and present their play to another class.

Mirror, Mirror
Grade(s): 7, 8, 9
In this unit students will view artwork, have group and class discussion, write answers to questions, draw portraits, conduct research, draw to scale, paint portraits, and display their work.

Harrisification
Grade(s): 7, 8, 9
In this unit students will view artwork, have class discussion, conduct research, write biographical essays, write journal entries or write letters, make a painting, and write a story.

Homes Sweet Homes
Grade(s): 2, 3
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, develop a home page on the computer, draw house designs, host a guest speaker to the class, make bird's eye view drawings, define room spaces and conduct guided tours of their spaces, collect artifacts and make a class museum, and take photos.

Every Building Tells a Story
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In this unit students will view art work and architectural plans, have group and class discussion, take pictures, conduct interview, host visitor to class, present their work, conduct research, take a walking tour, conduct internet research, design a public building, make a visual map, create a mural or collage, and construct a model.

Art as Social Commentary
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, prepare presentations, make photomontage, make posters, create cartoons, write journal responses, make Power Point presentations of their work, host guests to the class, and visit a courtroom.

Totem Poles - Storytellers of Long Ago
Grade(s): 3
In this unit students will view art work, have class discussion, make drawings, conduct research, share their findings, write stories, role play, and design and make totem pole models

Change
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, conduct internet research, present their work orally or in writing, conduct research, and make journal entries

Waters of the Earth - Friends or Enemies
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, conduct research, conduct internet research, compile their findings, write stories or poems, listen to music, make drawings or collages or sculptures or prints, create music or dance or drama, present their work, build a database, write short text, and have a debate

The Looking Glass
Grade(s): 6
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, write responses, listen to poem, write journal entries, create abstract artworks, display their work, conduct internet research, present their work, create a tableau, and role play host visitors to class

Our Fledgling Society
Grade(s): 7, 8, 9
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, write journal entries, write a response, take photos, make booklets, make collages, conduct internet research, conduct research, write captions, and write letters to a pen pal.

Exploring History Through Photographs
Grade(s): 5
In this unit students will view art work and maps, have class discussion, map read, look at photos, calculate distance, make drawings, take a field trip, and make a time capsule.

Exploring Confederation
Grade(s): 10, 11
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, conduct research, present their findings, conduct internet research, participate in a debate, role play, perform monologues, create a tableau, write speeches or monologues, paint a mural, perform in period dress, video tape presentation, write a visionary document, host speaker to class, conduct interviews, write essay, make sketches, make drawings, and keep a visual log or journal.