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Artists at school


Mattiusi Iyaituk

Visual arts
Sculpture, Carving


Mattiusi Iyaituk

The artist attended schools in lvujivik, Great Whale River, Québec City, and Churchill. He has been a carver and full-time artist since 1979. His first artwork was made at the age of 14 from a stone chip off his older brother's carving. He picked up one of his brother’s files and began filing away. The result was a raven's head. Mattiusi is known worldwide for his distinct abstract style and has presented his works of art at numerous group and solo exhibitions. His most recent exhibition is Metamorphosis: Eleven Sculptors From Nunavik, at the Canadian Guild of Crafts (Montréal, Québec), held in 2006.

Proposed approach and type of activities

Often, people do not believe they are creative, but only need to be encouraged to TRY a creative activity. The artist’s approach to holding cultural activities in schools is to encourage students to discover their artistic side and to make them aware that they can create something beautiful. This cultural activity introduces young people to Inuit art and stone carving. It will begin with a slideshow presentation of the artist’s work. Using simple tools (files, sandpaper) and soapstone chips that have fallen off the artist's own carvings, students will learn how to carve, polish, and finish stone. At the end of the workshop, each student will have made a necklace, which he or she can then wear, be proud of, and say "I made this". Older students in secondary school can make small sculptures using a soft stone such as Brazilian soapstone.

Examples of activities
ln preparation for the activity, teachers might want to introduce students to Inuit legends, climate, food, and culture.

Special conditions

The workshop requires various materials at a maximum cost of $100 per day of hosted activities.

For information

Mattiusi Iyaituk
Phone : 819 922-3411
Other phone : fax : 819-922-3149
Fax : 819 922-3149
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