Video Art Lesson: Métis Beadwork

  • Art Making Activity
  • Posted: May 13, 2020

    Above: Lesson Plan: Métis Beading with Pointillism

    In this first video art lesson, students will be introduced to the history of Métis beadwork, and the artwork of Métis artist Amy Malbeuf, currently on display at the Richmond Art Gallery. Gallery educator Melanie Devoy then demonstrates the technique of pointillism and guides students to make an artwork inspired by beadwork traditions. To see more of Amy’s work, check out the Labour’s trace exhibition.


    • Paper
    • Pencil
    • Eraser
    • Markers


    • Watch the lesson by clicking the video to the right (10 minutes). For more information on the history of Métis beading, watch the Parks Canada video “The Flower Beadwork People” (5 minutes).
    • Come up with an idea and sketch it lightly with pencil. Suggested image development strategies are going for a walk in nature to get ideas from native plants, choosing a word and drawing it out in block letters, or choosing a topic that relates to a subject currently being studied by the class.
    • Starting with the outlines, trace the lines with individual dots placed close together, following the lines.
    • Next fill in the shapes by again following the contours of the outlines but on the inside.

    If you want to share your art online, post with #RAGatHome or #RichmondConnects.

    To learn more, check out these related links:

    Labour’s trace exhibition page

    Video Interview with artist Amy Malbeuf

    Labour’s Trace Teacher Guide

    Educational Resources created by the Métis Nation of BC

    Above: Lesson Plan: Métis Beading with Pointillism
    WATCH: In this video, we look at the work of Canadian artist Amy Malbeuf and create an artwork inspired by Métis beadwork using pointillism.

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