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Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures

In-class, students explore how encounters with Canada’s North and the Indigenous communities who live there shaped the imagination of famous Canadian artist Jean Paul Riopelle.


Type of activity
In-class activity with a mediator
Our mediators travel to many schools across Montreal: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Côte-des-Neige–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Lachine, Lasalle, Le Sud-Ouest, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord, Outremont, Plateau Mont-Royal, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Léonard, Verdun, Ville-Marie, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Côte-Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Montreal West, Town of Mount Royal and Westmount.

Virtual visit with a mediator




Topics explored

  • Exploring the territory
    Students will discover how Riopelle’s work was inspired by the northern landscape and wildlife.
  • Creative act
    Students will discover Riopelle’s creative process.
  • Encounters
    Students will discover how Riopelle was inspired by his encounters, particularly with Indigenous communities.

Students will explore works through observation exercises and games.

The workshop

Children will explore the stencil technique through a personal creation using gouache paints.

Materials used:

  • Gouache paints
  • Paint bellows
  • Brushes
  • Cardboard and scissors
A developmental learning experience

Works of art are a magnificent gateway to stimulate learning across many areas of development. Beyond artistic discoveries, children will build their understanding of the world at the Museum.

In this activity, children will specifically learn to:

  • Assert their personality
  • Interact cooperatively
  • Communicate
  • Build their understanding of the world
  • Finish a project
  • Exercise their sensory and motor skills
Go more in-depth

EDUCART is an interdisciplinary pedagogical tool for Quebec teachers that was designed by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Among the many works featured on this platform, we suggest you consult The Ice Canoe by Jean Paul Riopelle on the theme of territories.

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