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Grunt Gallery Educational Study Guides

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Olga Alexandru

on 10 September 2012

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Grunt Gallery Educational Study Guides BC First Nations 12 This activity focuses on the Indian Act legislation as a metaphor for oppression and hatred, but also redemption, hope, and healing in both past and present contexts. The emphasis is on learning about the Indian Act legislation and understanding what it means for First Nations peoples past and present. This activity will focus on two artistic responses to the legislation—namely, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun's An Indian Act: Shooting the Indian Act (1997) and Nadia Myre's Indian Act (2000-3)—and how each deals with tradition, colonialism, self-determination, stereotypes, and community. Students will explore the value of art and self-expression in healing as well as storytelling and interpretation of events. http://gruntarchives.org/ata/programs/grunt-gallery-educational-study-guides/BCFirstNations12/ In a classroom setting, students will engage with Hans Winkler's The Nova Library (Junkie Reading Room) and ATSA/grunt gallery initiative The Pigeon's Club to explore the themes of inclusion and exclusion; consider and challenge popular narratives and stereotypes about Vancouver, the Downtown Eastside, homelessness, and drug addiction; and learn about contemporary and local artistic initiatives. Communications 11 & 12 http://gruntarchives.org/ata/programs/grunt-gallery-educational-study-guides/Communications1112/ In a classroom setting, students will engage with Edgar Allen Poe’s 1842 short story The Masque of the Red Death and accounts of grunt gallery and Public Dreams Society’s 1991 multimedia adaptation of the story to develop their capacity to identify and evaluate the use of a variety of literary devices, including allegory, metaphor, and foreshadowing; explore a variety of themes, including death, decadence, disavowal, and social responsibility; and consider the applicability of these themes to contemporary and local events. English 12 http://gruntarchives.org/ata/programs/grunt-gallery-educational-study-guides/English12/ In a classroom setting, students will engage with two essays, each written by a First Nations author, to introduce themselves to the contrasting stances that the two authors take towards “white language”; situate each stance within a historical and sociopolitical context; and identify the consequences (past or potential) of adopting these stances. The activities in this lesson will introduce students/give them the opportunity to further develop their understanding of the fraught relationship between First Nations peoples and “national” languages in Canada; situate their own experiences with Canada’s “national” languages within a sociopolitical context; and learn about contemporary, local, and youth-oriented agents of First Nations cultural production. English First Peoples 12 http://gruntarchives.org/ata/programs/grunt-gallery-educational-study-guides/EnglishFirstPeoples12/ In a classroom setting, students will engage with Nikamon Ohci Askiy: Songs Because of the Land, an interactive website project by Cheryl L’Hirondelle, in order to explore and evaluate the project’s unconventional approach to mapping and responding to one’s surroundings. Working in groups, students will be given the opportunity to develop their own responses to a chosen environment, using a variety of materials, technologies, and processes. The activities in this lesson will give students the opportunity to re-evaluate how they understand the map; learn about a worldview that may not align with their own; and develop their capacity to communicate using media arts mediums. Media Arts 11 & 12 http://gruntarchives.org/ata/programs/grunt-gallery-educational-study-guides/MediaArts1112/ This activity focuses on art that uses unconventional or controversial materials. Students will engage with works by two local artists—Signs of Change (2010) by Nicole Dextras and Bite and Burn (2006) by Jason Fitzpatrick—and analyze the purpose and meaning behind the use of non-traditional materials and processes in each one. The major themes that will be introduced and interpreted include time, space, permanence, the environment, and creation of meaning. Students will then be given the opportunity to create an artwork that uses an uncommon material as an integral part of conveying the artwork’s meaning.

This activity is important for students because it questions the nature of the gallery space. A lot of traditional forms of art including painting, sculpture, and photography are meant to be viewed and experienced in a certain way: tactile, inside the gallery space, on the walls, and through a one-way interaction. These two works question these notions—in the case of Nicole Dextras by creating ephemeral ice sculptures that cannot be viewed in the gallery except through photographic documentation, and in the case of Jason Fitzpatrick by showcasing an ephemeral performance with permanent consequences. These works make reference to performance art, environmental art, the nature of documentation, and the relationship between the viewer and artwork. Visual Arts 11 & 12 http://gruntarchives.org/ata/programs/grunt-gallery-educational-study-guides/VisualArts1112/
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