Telling Stories: Narratives of Nationhood

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Canada's Many Voices

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This section explores the diversity of identities represented in Canadian art today. Artists of many different backgrounds, often multiple backgrounds, create images based on their experiences and heritage. This art shows clearly that there is no single Canadian story; rather, there are many different stories and identities in Canada. The three contemporary artists represented blend traditional and new, past and present, bringing together what they have inherited with new media and technologies. They use a range of new techniques to express new identities.

All three of the artists are working towards representing diversity fairly and accurately. Each artist's work explores questions of expression - how to find a vehicle for communicating their subject matter and their questions about culture, tradition, history, and identity. By working out such issues of identity, this art communicates the complexity of the landscape and history of Canada.

Integrated Learning Units Related to "Canada's Many Voices"

Underground Lives
Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
In this unit students will view artwork, have class discussion, conduct research, make sketch, display their work, choose and interpret stories, and create music.

Time for Technology
Grade(s): 9
In this unit students will view art work, have group and class discussion, list observations, write journal entries, keep logs, present their findings, conduct research, create visual aids for their presentations, create an invention of a technological product, and have a class technology fair.

What Is Me?
Grade(s): 7, 8, 9
In this unit students will view art work, have discussion, conduct research, make posters, share their findings, hold a debate, create personal crests, display their work, and create masks