Study Guides

Looking to add Canadian art to your curriculum? Great idea. These guides can help you plan your lessons and enhance your class work. Download the guides today.

Small white church surrounded by a tall green forest.

Church in Yuquot Village by Emily Carr

Emily Carr painted this artwork in 1929 on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island. The village is the ancestral home of the Mowachaht people. It is done from a one-point perspective. Contrast is evident in the artwork.
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Four men in a very windy field.

A Sudden Gust of Wind by Jeff Wall

“A Sudden Gust of Wind” (8 feet x 13 feet) is a digital photomontage composed of more than 100 photographs. It is a conceptual photograph exploring “Instantaneity” modelled after Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print Ejiri in Suruga Province (Sunshū Ejiri), ca. 1830-1832. It is presented as a transparency mounted on a lightbox.
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An illustration of an owl looking forward.

The Enchanted Owl by Kenojuak Ashevak

The Enchanted Owl is a fantastical, rather than realistic, representation of an owl, composed of pleasing, simplified forms, with long, whimsical feathers. It is removed from any background. The work displays compositional balance; the tail feathers occupying roughly the same space as the bird’s body. It is one of the most recognized works in Canada.
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Black woman in a long red gown wears a Miss Canadiana sash against an industrial background.

Hometown Queen by Camille Turner

Miss Canadiana is a fictional pageant queen dressed in gown, sash and tiara who represents her country and makes public appearances, posing for photos, handing out flags and signing autographs. With the creation of Miss Canadiana, Turner is addressing-and disrupting- the symbols, cliches and stereotypes associated with the country.
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An Indigenous group canoeing with military men in the background.

Resurgence of the People by Kent Monkman

Resurgence of the People shows dozens of characters of various ethnicities aboard a boat paddled by Indigenous people and captained by Miss Chief. It is a historical narrative artwork in the style of older Classical works, but the subject matter offers a counter narrative to the history of Canada traditionally depicted.
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The inside of a convenience store.

Canadassimo (Dépanneur) by BGL

“Canadassimo (Dépanneur)” was made by the Quebec City art collective BGL in 2015. It was exhibited at the Venice Biennale, a contemporary art festival, where the group represented Canada. BGL’s work is often humorous, but it addresses serious issues like consumerism and the environment. Recycling and repurposing are also important to the way they make art. Their Dépanneur is a full-scale reproduction of a corner store, offering visitors an immersive and transportive experience.
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