Welcome

Welcome to the ARTSask web site, featuring a showcase of Saskatchewan and Canadian visual art from the existing collections of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan and the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Teachers! ARTSask is designed for students and ARTSask is designed for YOU!

ARTSask is a unique opportunity for positive engagement with youth using Saskatchewan and Canadian visual resources online.

ARTSask is designed to promote our collective cultural heritage and share the artwork, ideas and lives of contemporary Saskatchewan and Canadian artists.

ARTSask provides you and your students with access to contemporary visual art collections, serving as a high quality instructional resource for Saskatchewan's K-12 Arts Education curriculum.

ARTSask provides an unparalleled opportunity for comprehensive community access to rich arts resources. You can click on these links to find out more about the ARTSask project and its partners.

You can use the resources on this web site through:

  • a cultural/historical focus,
  • a critical/responsive focus, and/or
  • a creative/productive focus

Use the ARTSask web site to engage your students in:

  • investigating themes that represent big ideas and concepts that lead to deeper understanding of artists and their work (e.g., identity, place, homelands, environmental matters)
  • studying specific artists, many of whom are Saskatchewan artists, and all of whom have works in the Mendel and MacKenzie Art Gallery collections
  • examining, analyzing, and interpreting specific artworks from the collections of the Mendel and MacKenzie Art Galleries
  • exploring contextual, cultural, and historical information written and designed to support the Arts Education curriculum and enable cross-curricular links
  • learning about visual art and artists through innovative learning activities
  • discovering ideas to motivate inquiry learning and lively discussion through the Things to Think About sections

You can also use this website in English and French, and explore information about First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists in Cree.

How can you use this site?
  • First, you can explore the ARTSask themes.  Click on the Themes menu to see a list and description of all the ARTSask themes, or chose one theme from the list in the menu!
  • You can search the artists presented on the ARTSask website.  Click on the Artist menu to see an alphabetical list of artists whose works are showcases in the ARTSask website.
  • You can also search the artwork presented on the ARTSask website.  Click on the Artwork menu to see how you can explore the artwork showcased on the ARTSask website.  Search by date, medium, style and title.
  • You can search the site using keyword searches.  Just type your keyword into the Search box.  Some sample keywords related to the curriculum that you might want to try are listed below.
  • You can use the Studio Activities as ideas (or in their entirety) for your own in-class studio activities.  Just click on an artwork link in a theme, and scroll down to the Studio Activities.
  • You can use the Online Activities to encourage student interaction with various artworks.  Complete these activities in your classroom, or assign them to students to complete on their own.
  • You can use the Things to Think About to stimulate inquiry and discussion in the classroom.
  • You can use Cross-curricular Activity links in the themes to get ideas for interdisciplinary activities.  See below for links to specific cross-curricular activities.
  • You can also explore the ARTSask Glossary and the artist Videos.
  • Finally, you or your students can use the Bookmark feature.  On this bookmarks page you can...
    • Bookmark your favourite images from the MacKenzie and Mendel Art Gallery Collections while visiting the ARTSask website.
    • Display your collection of bookmarked images in a virtual gallery exhibit you have created.  Develop this exhibit
      • around a topic or theme, an idea, a favourite artist or group of artists, or a special art material or medium.
      • as your response to a special assignment or project.
      • from art that inspires you, challenges you, or makes you respond with amusement.
    • Save your collection of bookmarked images.
    • Print a copy of your collection to share with others. You can share:
      • your gallery exhibit.
      • your bookmarked images.
    • E-mail a copy of the URLs of your bookmarked images to yourself as a reminder, or to someone else so they can also enjoy the images you have chosen.

So... Why not get started by exploring the website?  After all, ARTSask is designed for YOU!

List of keywords

Here are some examples of keywords you might use to search the ARTSask website:

  • Kindergarten
    • elements of art: line, shape, colour, form, texture, space
    • clay
    • painting
    • sculpture
    • collage
  • Elementary (1-5)
    • elements of art
    • principles of design (emphasis, balance, movement, repetition, variety, contrast, unity, formal and informal pattern)
    • two-dimensional
    • three-dimensional
    • perspective
    • proportion
    • point of view
    • style
    • culture
    • traditional
    • First Nations
    • natural and constructed environment
    • Saskatchewan artists
    • Canadian artists
  • Grade 1
    • signs, symbols
    • primary colours
    • block printing
    • patterns
    • natural environment
    • animals
    • trees
    • plants
    • feelings
  • Grade 2
    • community
    • constructed environment
    • patterns
    • clay objects
    • Joe Fafard (Grade 2 Curriculum Artist Study)
  • Grade 3
    • clothes/clothing, fabric
    • statues
    • First Nations, treaties
    • printmaking
    • architecture
    • stained glass
    • natural environment
    • Craftsperson/craft (Grade 3 Curriculum - Artist Study)
  • Grade 4
    • architecture, buildings
    • sign language
    • portrait, portraiture
    • symmetrical
    • collage
    • stories, myths, legends
    • cartoons, film, video
    • nature
    • humour
    • constructed environment
    • buildings
    • Bob Boyer (Grade 4 Curriculum- Artist Study)
  • Grade 5
    • fossils
    • plaster casts
    • visual storytelling, cartoons
    • clay
    • symbols
    • the past
    • planets
    • natural environment
    • Vic Cicansky (Grade 5 Curriculum -Artist Study)
  • Grade 6
    • Group of Seven
    • Métis
    • First Nations
    • assemblage
    • function
    • design
    • technology
    • contemporary
    • Cubism
    • time
    • culture
    • symbol
    • printmaking
    • perspective
    • stereotype
    • pop culture
    • Identity (Grade 6 Curriculum Focus)
  • Grade 7
    • contour drawing, gesture drawing
    • point of vies
    • printmaking
    • abstract art
    • illusion, exaggeration, distortion
    • portraiture
    • editorial cartoons
    • composition
    • symbol
    • culture
    • food, eating
    • landscape
    • homeland
    • Place (Grade 7 Curriculum Focus)
  • Grade 8
    • architecture
    • chiascuro
    • composition
    • symbol
    • social
    • function
    • Social Issues (Grade 8 Curriculum Focus)
  • Grade 9
    • natural and constructed environment
    • change
    • relationships
    • mass media
    • juxtaposition
    • symbol
    • society
    • social commentary/taking action (Grade 9 Curriculum Focus)
  • Secondary years (10, 11, 12)
    • women, female
    • aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit, Métis
    • history, historical
    • metaphor
    • context
    • war, racism, stereotype
    • film, video
    • popular culture, Pop Art
    • humour
    • Canadian artists
    • globalization
    • social commentary
  • Grade 10
    • surrealism, dadaism
    • creative process
    • stereotype
    • inspiration
    • renaissance, romanticism, fauvism
    • Aboriginal
    • nature
    • environment
    • culture
    • community
    • art galleries
    • photography
    • photography, film
    • impressionism, futurism, cubism
    • repetition and motion
    • cubism
    • curvilinear, angular
    • graphic art
    • dadaism
    • installation, performance art, drawing
    • craft
    • industrial design and meaning
    • maquettes
    • drawing to scale
    • interior design
    • portraits
    • narrative in art
    • expressionism
    • documentary films
  • Grade 11
    • inspiration
    • mood
    • graphic design, illustration
    • Saskatchewan art and artists
    • pop art, popular culture, mass media
    • symbolism
    • functional art
    • stereotypes, assimilation, appropriation
    • installation
    • racism
    • storytelling
    • fashion design
    • architecture
    • representational, non-representational
    • design
    • symbols
    • graphic design
    • interior design
    • fashion design
    • silk-screen printing
    • industrial design
    • Aboriginal art
    • sculptures
    • mixed media
    • abstraction, minimalist
    • documentation
    • bas-relief
    • symbols
    • gender
  • Grade 12
    • history
    • societies, cultures
    • art movements
    • Canadian art and artists
    • Group of Seven
    • graphic arts
    • painting, print-making, drawing, sculpture, installation
    • symbols
    • Aboriginal art and artists
    • social conscience
    • controversies in art
    • propaganda
    • photojournalism
    • social commentary
    • style
    • murals
    • animation
    • documentary films/videos
    • storytelling
    • point of view, bias
    • installation, performance art
    • Dadaism
    • conceptual art
    • environmental art
    • pop art
    • documentation
    • cultural identity, cultural traditions
    • self portraits
    • repetition
    • drawing
    • racism and prejudice
    • illustration
    • symbol and meaning
Cross-curricular Learning Activities

Here are some links to cross-curricular activities that you might want to do in your classroom. But make sure to explore the Themes on you own for more ideas for linking subjects with the ARTSask website material!!

Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning