Junior Division – Drawing Unit
Drawing it Out
Lead Writer: Tanya Senk
Unit Writer: Shelley Dennis
Reviewer: Lisa Sanders
Grade 6, Visual Arts: Drawing
The purpose of this unit is to infuse Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) perspectives into the curriculum through Visual Arts. It is important to avoid replicating and producing stereotypical representations of Aboriginal peoples. Therefore, teachers need to include lessons on how contemporary Aboriginal artists create art to comment on identity, society and the world.
Through this unit, students will explore and strengthen their own sense of identity, will reaffirm their value systems, and will see their place in society through experiencing Aboriginal teachings such as, The Seven Grandfather Teachings (Anishnawbe) and through the teachings embedded in Ontario’s Character Education resource called, Finding Common Ground. The student’s explorations, discoveries and learning will be represented through a range of drawing experiences.
Teachers are encouraged to access local and provincial resource support to Aboriginal studies and should invite Aboriginal artist, story tellers, and Elders into the classroom from their local communities wherever possible.