UNIT 2 -Lesson 1 -A Virtual viewing of a Vancouver Art Gallery Show – Shuvinai Ashoona

I want to take you to the Vancouver Art Gallery.  If we were in school we could go for a field trip.  Instead we will have to travel to the show virtually.

There is a pretty amazing and different artist showing her work there right now.  For this unit of study I ask that you learn about one of Canada’s influential and current artists because she has ideas and ways of making art that you will gain expertise and amazement from.  Her name is Shuvinai Ashoona.    Shuvinai lives and makes art in Canada’s north, She can’t use paints because they freeze, so she is amazing with pencil crayons.   Right now her work is showing at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Shuvinai Ashoona was born in Kinngait, Nunavut (formerly known as Cape Dorset). Shuvinai is part of Canada’s Inuit culture and comes from a large family of artists.  Please take a virtual tour of of Shuvinai’s home area, Kinngait in Nunuvut and then answer the 10 questions (below) about the area.  To “travel” there with your computer here are a couple of sites to look at:



Cape Dorset

To compare Shuvinai’s life and world to yours please answer the following questions:

  1. Where in Canada is Kinngait?
  2. What is the weather like there?
  3. What kind of clothing do people wear there?
  4. How do people travel there?
  5. What do people do for fun?
  6. What are people’s living quarters like?
  7. List 5 typical animals living there that don’t live here?
  8. What is the sky like there- what can you see that you can’t here?
  9. What kind of food would they have lots of to eat? What kind of food would be scarce or impossible?

10.  Describe the landscape.

That’s it for today.  Send me your 10 answers.  Tune back into this blog this THURSDAY, April 30 when I”ll show you Shuvinai’s art.

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