MÉTIS DOT ART
A Celebration of Art, History and Culture
Métis Art, History and Culture: Dot Art Activity
This program was developed with Jessie Moreau, an educator, author and proud member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. It is an art and history hybrid program that addresses Métis history and culture while also allowing students a chance to try their hand at dot art, which is a contemporary take on traditional Métis beadwork, using acrylic paints and coloured paper.
Junior (Grades 4-6)
The program begins with a discussion of the history and heritage of the Métis people while examining a Métis artefact from OMAH’s own collection. This historical discussion is contrasted with Jessie’s own contemporary experiences as a member of the Métis nation. After the history segment students will complete a 2-dimensional dot art project using acrylic paint on paper. This project allows students to demonstrate an understanding of composition using elements and principles of design such as colour, shape/form and balance while also learning about the cultural contexts of traditional Métis artforms. We have also included a brief dance motion break which explains the traditional dance of jigging and its historical context.
Intermediate (Grades 7-8)
While creating a 2-dimensional dot art project, students will continue to demonstrate an understanding of composition using elements and principles of design such as colour, shape/form and balance while also learning about unity, harmony and movement. This art project encourages the study of art in its historical and cultural contexts, and through discussion, can help students identify and describe some of the ways in which visual art forms and styles reflect the beliefs and traditions of a variety of cultures and civilizations, specifically the Métis peoples. The program also includes a discussion of the history and heritage of the Métis people, including the experiences of the Métis people, some key events and figures, and the fight of the Métis people for recognition, all of which is tied to Orillia’s own Métis roots.
A brief dance motion break which explains the traditional dance of jigging and its historical context while allowing students to explore body awareness and tempo.