Course Description

This workshop series will be aimed at helping participants be able to recognize the imagery of NWC art (from the Northwest Coast of North America), in addition to gaining knowledge of its historical and contemporary context. The lectures will trace the history of NWC art from pre-contact to modernity to now and the hands-on learning will teach the participants the elements of NWC art by drawing and copying traditional designs.

This course will be a 6-part studio/seminar, with an additional day dedicated to a group field trip.  Each day will start with a lecture (approximately 1 hour), and finish with some hands-on learning. There will also be time for participants to explore Florence, as well as engage in critical, group dialogue reflecting on how the context and history of the city in relationship to the class focus


This course will be good for anyone with an interest in Northwest coast indigenous art.  We will look at it from an aesthetic point of view as well as historical and contemporary contexts.  Each workshop will include a lecture and hands on learning.  The course will focus on Northwest coast indigenous 2-dimensional design and touch on 3 dimensional design.  This is a general overview that will allow the participants to look at Northwest coast indigenous art and understand what they are looking at.

What is included:

Studio Access 

Excursion costs and facilitation

Hands-on learning materials 

What is not included:

Accommodation in Florence

Airfare and other travel 

Meals or beverages

We are all hoping this will be a successful venture. Please understand, however, that OCAD U reserves the right to modify or cancel the course  should the enrolment be insufficient to cover costs. If the course be cancelled you will receive a full tuition refund. OCAD U is unable to reimburse students for flights booked so please contact us to ensure the course is confirmed to run before booking your flights.  

For more information, please contact Jennie Suddick, Manager, International Projects & Partnerships, jsuddick@ocadu.ca, 416-977-6000, ext 2451.

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