Jean Paul developed an interest and fascination for Indigenous traditions and cultures during his trips into the Great North. Whether it’s the string figures and masks of the Inuits living in the arctic or the traditional clothes of the Hurons-Wendats and Métis, Jean Paul is fascinated by these different cultural objects. They inspired him to explore different techniques, using his characteristic freedom and boldness. The pieces he created at this time, inspired by Indigenous works, sit at the intersection of drawing, painting and printing. For example, his series of prints La Loi c’est l’oye (1972-1983) (The Goose is Law) explores patterns drawn from Métis beadwork. In his works inspired by Indigenous art, Jean Paul blends tradition and modernity.
It’s also interesting to note that Canada Post has celebrated Jean Paul’s work by using several of his pieces as the basis for stamps. In so doing, his works have become somewhat of an emblem for Canadians everywhere.
Here’s a proposal for a creative project that invites you to celebrate this great artist while exploring the heritage of First Peoples in Canada and their immense respect for Mother Earth, the source of all biodiversity. It’s an opportunity to appreciate, to create and to communicate a modern vision of nature in keeping with the immense respect Indigenous people have for the Earth.
A small illustration with an adhesive back which can be placed on parcels to pay for its transportation by a postal service.
A mark on a surface created by placing the tip of a tool containing coloured pigment on the surface and quickly removing it.
The technique of reproducing an element by pressing a tool over a surface (paper, cardboard, etc.) to obtain a print.
An art technique that consists in tracing elements using pencils, pastels, etc. Drawing can be done freehanded or with tools (rules, compass, etc.).
A painting movement that consists in applying a coloured pigments uniformly across a painted surface.
The action of using a sharp tool (scissors, etc.) to separate or remove part of a surface (paper, cardboard, etc.).
The technique of attaching different materials (paper, cardboard, etc.) to a surface using a substance called "glue."
A repeated decorative design. Patterns can be observed on fabrics, tapestry, plates, etc.
A mark created using drawing tools and materials (pen, ink, pencil, pastel, charcoal, etc.).
As a teenager, Jean Paul’s father brought him to a presentation by Archibald Belaney, also called Grey Owl, an English naturalist who had been fascinated with the First Peoples in North America since his youth. Having emigrated to Canada as a young man, Belaney went to go live among the Ojibwa people in Northern Ontario, joining their community and eventually adopting their identity. A legendary figure, he dedicated himself to defending the Earth and its animals, especially the beaver.
This project is an opportunity to discover our country’s symbolic plants and animals and to celebrate the rich
A term that refers to the variety of organisms living on Earth.
Optional activities to complete during or after the project
Interdisciplinary ICT ideas;
Create an animation.
Play with storytelling
Interdisciplinary English idea;
Create an acrostic.
B rave and proud
E ver active, like a powerful lynx
A s gentle as a stone slipping into the water
V igorously working in constant construction
E stablishing an oasis of calm serenity
R egal―the King of the forest
Have fun with philosophy
A way to introduce philosophy to children;
Use a philosophical question as a starting point for a thought experiment.