- gain a fundamental understanding of what Woodland Art is
- understand the significance of the Woodland Art Movement within the art world
- gain an understanding of different woodland artists (traditional and modern)
- identify and explain the three concepts and styles of of Woodland Art
- recognize and apply the different lines, shapes and colours used in the Woodland Style
What is Woodland Art?
Woodland Art, also known as Legend or Medicine Painting is a distinct style of native art that blends traditional legends and myths with contemporary mediums.
It explores the relationships between people, animals, and plants, and is rich with spiritual imagery and symbolism. The traditional style of Woodland Art was developed as a mix of the Midewiwin birch bark scrolls and the imagery of Norval Morrisseau, the founder of Woodland Art.
When Norval Morrisseau first began painting, his intention was to re-introduce the Anishnaabe world view into the contemporary consciousness with the Ojibwa culture having been all but obliterated through the imposition of external governance and the influence of Christian churches.
Goyce Kakegamic, Untitled (1980)
Norval Morrisseau, the Thunderbird (1960)
THE THREE Concepts
OF WOODLAND ART
1. Transition of the ancient oral traditions into visual representation: This was done as a means of reintroducing the Anishnaabe worldview into the contemporary consciousness.
2. Imagery of transformation and duality: This means the representation of man and animal being two life forms at the same time (thunderbird).
3. Frequent struggle between humans and animals: spiritual communication or fighting between the physical and spiritual or the man-made and the natural.
Carl Ray, Loon (1970)
Norval Morrisseau, loons and fish (1972)
JOSHIM Kakegamic, Untitled
NORVAL MORRISSEAU, Storyteller of the Ages 1970
JOSH Kakegamic, Unknown Title 1980
NORVAL MORRISSEAU, Mishipishu and the Spirits
The Native Group of Seven
+ the Triple k cooperative
THE TRIPLE K COOPERATIVE
Goyce, Joshim + Henry Kakegamic
A New Generation
FROM rED lAKE
MODERN Local aRTISTS
Lauren is a Graphic Designer and Artist based in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) with a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design.
Originally from Red Lake, a small mining community in North-Western Ontario, Lauren grew up surrounded by nature and the work of Woodland artists. This led her to develop a strong connection towards the art style, which continues to influence her work.
She experiments with unconventional canvases, plays with patterns and line work and borrows imagery from both rural and urban environments.
Lauren Furman, Around the Fire (2018)
Jacinda Brisson is a student at Western University studying Fine Arts. One of the many styles Jacinda has adopted over the years is Woodland, with both stunning line and colour usage, she often uses alternate canvas for her work.
Jacinda has recently led paint party for the RLIFC creating a simplified Woodland inspired landscape that was easy for participants to recreate.
Jacinda Brission, New Beginnings (2017)
Woodland Art Projects
The Woodland Art Programs are intended to both extend participants knowledge of Woodland Art, and offer a modern alternative to its “traditional” representation and narrative through the use of alternate canvas and relevant subject matter.
Alternative Canvas: Wood
ALTERNATIVE CANVAS: DENIM
WHAT YOU WILL NEED: