Art Trek ‘travels’ to the North

Coming up at the National Gallery on Tuesday, 5 May from 3.30pm to 5pm, participants of Art Trek will learn about the Aboriginal art of Norval Morrisseau and create colourful portraits with oil pastels.

Students will then finish the class by turning these portraits into face paintings inspired by the colours, shapes and compositions of Morrisseau’s paintings.

Held the first Tuesday of each month for children aged six to 11 years, Art Trek acts as a free monthly art drop-in session where children can see what is happening at the Gallery’s current exhibits in addition to learning about the cultures of the world through art. Parents are welcome.

Contact Kaitlyn at [email protected] for additional information.

About the Artist

Norval Morrisseau is a native artist from Canada.

He was the first to paint the ancient myths and legends of the eastern woodlands, stories previously passed down by the oral tradition.

Mr. Morrisseau spent his youth in remote isolation in northern Ontario, near Thunder Bay, where his artistic style developed without the usual influences of other artist’s imagery.

As the soul originator of his Woodland style he has become an inspiration to three generations of artists.

Mr. Morrisseau was brought up by his grandfather who introduced him to Ojibwa shamanism and told him the stories and legends passed down amongst the Ojibwa people. Mr. Morrisseau began producing images to illustrate these stories.

His work invokes our memories of childlike simplicity. His colours affect us in ways that are not immediately apparent. His visions, like ancient taboos that have turned into dreams of the future, come to life on canvas and paper. They are talismans of the future and images of respect of the past.

For more information visit Mr. Morrisseau’s website online at