This two part video art lesson introduces the techniques of embroidery, beading, and caribou tufting. The combination of these three techniques was developed into an incredibly beautiful art form by Indigenous and Métis artists and these techniques are still being practiced today by contemporary Canadian artists. To bring this art form into the classroom, we have created two videos and an accompanying teacher guide. The first video is a virtual classroom visit, in which artist Michelle Sound introduces her background and art practice, shows examples of tufting and beading, and then gives a demonstration of caribou tufting. The second video demonstrates a classroom art project in which students can create their own artwork incorporating these three techniques using burlap, beads and yarn.
Please note: You can order a class set of specialty materials from the Richmond Art Gallery for $100.00. The kit contains 1000 multicoloured beads, an array of yarn colours, plastic beading needles and pre-cut 8″ squares of burlap.
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