Denis Charette

Denis Charette, Metis Algonquin Artist, master carver and engraver, was born in 1963 in the Outaouais valley.  Self-taught artist, he works mainly with natural materials, such as wood, stone and antlers.  Two-time recipient of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, he studied totemic carving with the internationally known Haida master carver Reg Davidson.  Afterwards, he deepened his knowledge of the Algonquin cosmogony through meetings with the elders of his community.  For him, art has become a way to give new life to this millennial wisdom.  In 2011 the artist created a huge work of art entitiled “Winibiki pinéci, the Thunderbird”, that was installed at parc Oméga in Montébello, Québec.

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Learning sculpting techniques; communicating ideas through sculpture, understanding the rich diversity of Aboriginal culture.


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Sculpting with Soapstone

Residency Workshop English French Immersion

Of Algonquian descent, Denis draws inspiration from his native culture. He works primarily from natural materials such as wood, stone, snow, sand, or antler. Students will be introduced to sculpture by carving on steatite, a material like soapstone. The workshop begins with a short visual presentation of the artist’s work, followed by an explanation of the technique. Students will then create a totem animal that they can wear as a necklace.

Participants:
Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Visual Arts
Time and Price:
Half day: one 2 1/2 hour session $310 + HST
Full day: two 2 1/2 hour sessions $510 + HST

Materials: $2 + HST per student
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