Christi Belcourt and Métis Dot Art

Christi Belcourt and Métis Dot Art

There are two videos to choose from to learn about Christi Belcourt and Métis dot art.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project. 

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with the advanced learning project in the Projects section.

Take A Deeper Dive!

Christi Belcourt shares her exhibit “Walking with our Sisters” and explains how it is not an exhibit, but a memorial, an honouring of ceremony.

Meet Rosie Darling, a Métis ‘younger’ who explains who the Métis people are, and a little about their culture.

Activities

Create a Métis Style Dot Art Painting

You will need:

  • Black paper
  • Selection of acrylic paints
  • Cotton wool buds or wooden dowling
  • Paint tray
  • Water
  • Pencil

Follow the video and create a Métis style dot art painting.

Take a photo of your artwork and upload it to your portfolio.

Create a Métis Style Dot Artwork Inspired by Nature

Go on a nature walk in your local area.  

Notice the world around you. Consider the sounds, scents, animals and plants in your area. While you are walking, look for a couple of smooth rocks and some thin sticks.

You will need:

  • A rock
  • Sticks 
  • Selection of acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush

You may also wish to use:

  • Cocktail sticks
  • Cotton buds

To create your artwork:

  1. Clean your rock to remove any soil or debris.
  2. Choose a design – you may wish to sketch this on the rock using a pencil. Think about what you experienced on your nature walk – were there any patterns that stood out? Perhaps emotions you felt? Be creative with your design.
  3. Use your stick, cotton buds and cocktail sticks to add dots to the rock and create your piece.

Need some inspiration? Watch these two videos.

Remember to take a photo of your piece and upload it to your portfolio.

Create a Biography of Christi Belcourt

Create a biography project about Christi Belcourt.

Here is a basic biography template from SquareheadTeachers for you to download and fill in.

Use the videos above, the books below, and other research online or through your library to discover more about Christi Belcourt’s life, activism, and artwork.

Save your written biography for your portfolio.

Project

Write a Poem, Song, or Rap

Write a poem, song, or rap about one of Christi Belcourt’s artworks. Poems and songs often capture the experience or emotion of a moment. Think about how you can connect to the human element of the story in writing your poem.

Visit Christi Belcourt’s website to view her murals, and choose the one which you feel most drawn to.

Consider:

  • The thoughts and feelings tied to the mural
  • The best kind of poem to express this
  • If you’re writing a song, consider the type of music you choose to add to the purpose of the poem. Remember to consider cultural appropriation vs appreciation.
  • If you’re writing a rap, consider how the flow and cadence of the words and the syllabic percussion can add emphasis and connect the listener to the intent of the words used.

Upload it to your portfolio as a written piece, or record it as video.

Advanced Project

Who Are the Métis People? 

Métis people are one of three legally, politically, and culturally distinct Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Explore the resources below, and create a Powerpoint or Google Slides presentation on the Métis people. Think through the  5W’s (who, what, where, why, when) when deciding what information to include. 

Make sure that there is at least one slide addressing each of:

  • Who the Métis people are
  • Where is the Métis people’s homeland
  • What is important to their culture
  • When the Métis culture developed
  • Why community is so important in Métis culture

Useful resources:

Include your presentation in your portfolio – write a description and then provide a link.

Books

Read Aloud Book(s)