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Artist in Residence

During the Artist in Residence, all students/classes will participate in a 90 minute printmaking linocut lesson. Each art session will begin with a 15-20 minute visual presentation and drawing lesson introducing the students to the theme chosen by your school. Students will explore different drawing techniques when working on their sketches (practice drawings). Next will be a printing demonstration where the students will learn about the printmaking process and materials used including: ink, slabs, brayers, printing plate, stylus and a printing press. Students will then create their own final drawing/carving and unique print. All students will come away with one linocut print and one linocut plate. 

Imagination Academy offers several Artist in Residence programs:

The First Nations Program
Tipi Traditions, explores the three regions of Blackfoot Aboriginal tipi design and symbolism of important animals to the Cree Aboriginal culture. 

Additional Service Offered: Tipi Installation Project
When delivering the First Nations Blackfoot and Cree Aboriginal printmaking Artist in Residence program, Imagination Academy can also paint a tipi with a select group of students that stays at the school.  

The Tipi installation project takes the three elements from both the Division 1 and Division 2 presentations to create a final tipi design. Imagination Academy provides a custom made 6 panel canvas tipi, which is 6.5' tall and has a 6' diameter at the bottom. Imagination Academy creates the drawing on the tipi and then has students from the school help paint the final image onto the tipi. This installation project allows students to see the connection between what they learned and created during their printmaking sessions and how it would look on a real tipi. 

An additional two days is needed to complete this installation project. If your school is interested in this additional service please email for pricing. See the Gallery page for examples of printmaking and the Tipi installation project. 

The Arctic and the Inuit Program
Students explore the Arctic by looking at Inukshuks, whales, ukpiks, seals and the polar bear and their connection to the Inuit culture.

Additional Service Offered: Arctic Mural Project
When delivering the Arctic and the Inuit printmaking Artist in Residence program, Imagination Academy can also paint a mural with a select group of students.

The Arctic mural project takes elements from both the Division 1 and Division 2 presentations to create a final mural design. Imagination Academy creates the drawing on wood and then has students from the school help paint the final image. The school can then mounted the mural in their desired location. The mural is offer in three sizes; 4x4', 4x8' and 8x8'.

Additional time is needed to complete this project. If your school is interested in this additional service please email for pricing. See the Gallery page for examples of printmaking and the Arctic mural project. 

Canada Coast to Coast Program
Have your student celebrate Canada by looking at various symbols, land forms, buildings and animals found across our country. 

Grade Specific Program
Students explore concepts with curricular links to art and social or science.

Kindergarten – Under the Sea; Grade 1 & 2 – Spectacular Seasons; Grade 2 & 3 – Stable Structures; Grade 4 & 5 – Alberta Landscapes; Grade 5 & 6 – Birds in Flight

Please visit the ‘Linocut Printmaking – By Grade’ page to view full descriptions of all the themes available. 

Funding Options
FNMI money can be used to fund the school-wide First Nations program and the Arctic and the Inuit program.
Casino money can be used to fund these programs.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Grant is available to schools to help with Artist in Residence program costs; to learn more about it visit https://www.affta.ab.ca/funding/find-funding/artists-and-education-funding