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Young People in Art

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Introduction

Robert Harris: School at Canoe Cove, PEI

Johnny Inukpuk: Mother and Child

William Kurelek: I Triumphed and I Saddened with All Weather

Children and youth have been subjects of art from its very beginnings. Depending on the time and place, the lives of children have been very different. How children and young people have been represented has also changed.

This section looks at three Canadian art works that represent children and explores how the children are depicted. The contemporary life of children differs from that represented in Robert Harris' School at Canoe Cove, as well as from that of the child in Inukpuk's sculpture, Mother and Child. William Kurelek's painting I Triumphed and I Saddened with All Weather shows children at play in a rural area. Like time, geography matters; where things take place makes a difference.


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Grade(s): 4
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Grade(s): 6
In this unit students will discuss trees and stories such as legends and myths and storytelling; create stories; read stories; create clay figures; research stories; listen to music from around the world; discuss and share music; perform to music; and create musical accompaniments.

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Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In this unit students will view art work, have class and group discussion, conduct research, visit local site, make posters, compile reports, visit seniors, write journals, and write and present a dramatic scene.

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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.

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Grade(s): 9
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In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, write journal entries, write letters, share their work, conduct research, compile information, present their findings, make sketches, and display their work.

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In this unit students will view art work, have class discussion, create small busts of themselves, participate in creative movement, dance in a circle, make drawings, plan a special meal, host guests to the classroom, serve food, perform songs or poems, have a simple meal, and design and decorate shoes.

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In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, conduct research, make visual representations of their findings, write interpretations, share their work, make sketches, and write stories

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