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This guide has been developed as a preparation and follow-up for your tour of
Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge . Discussing the exhibition before the
tour and implementing the Post-Tour Activity will provide continuity between
the Kelowna Art Gallery visit and the classroom. The Post-Tour Activity
requires a minimum of materials and is adaptable to the specific needs of your

On your trip to the Gallery, students will:

      Discuss the works of the two artists.
      Discuss terminology that relates to the work in this exhibit.
      Compare and contrast different artworks.
      Take part in a hands-on activity.

                     REGARDING YOUR TOUR:

                          Please contact Renée Burgess
                         Public Programming Coordinator
                                762-2226 ext. 310

 Note: One week’s notice needed for cancellation or your school is invoiced for tour!
                        Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge
                          November 29-January 27, 2006
                   This program is designed for students in grades K-12


Tour Fee – The cost of this tour is $3.00 per student. This helps cover the cost of the program.
Please bring cash or a cheque at the time of the tour and a receipt will be issued

Tour Schedule – The Kelowna Art Gallery tour will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. It
will consist of a short introduction to the Gallery and current exhibition, and a 40-minute tour and
discussion of the exhibition. Following the tour, students will participate in a hands-on activity
that relates to the ideas and techniques presented in the exhibition.

Gallery Etiquette – Please remind students that appropriate behavior is expected in the Gallery.
It is our job to not only present works of art to the public, but to protect these works as well.
Therefore, we have some rules concerning exhibitions that must be followed by everyone:
          no touching of the art work
          no leaning against walls or sculpture stands
          no running in the Gallery

We would also like to remind students to be respectful of the docents (tour leaders), and to listen
to them carefully during the program.

Name Tags – To make it easier for docents to talk to students and ask them questions directly,
we ask that each child wear a name tag. These can be creative and interesting, but they must
be legible.

Parking – There is no longer free parking around the Kelowna Art Gallery. There is metered
parking on the streets. The cost is $1.00 for 2 hours. Parking is also available across the street
at Prospera Place or at the parkade by the library.

Snacks – Snacks are not permitted in the gallery during the school tour program.
Please plan snack times for before or after your stay at the gallery.
                Vocabulary for Classroom Discussion
The following terms may be useful when discussing the exhibition with your class, before and
after their tour of the gallery.

Abstract Art: Art which is either completely non-representational or transforms
objects/things/people observed in reality into altered images interpreted by the viewer.

Realistic Art/Realism: Art that is representational of something, or when the aim is to

Haida: A Native American people inhabiting the Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands of British
Columbia, Canada, and Prince of Wales Island in Alaska.

Culture: The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social

Tradition: Any kind of teaching, written or spoken, handed down from generation to

Mythology: A body or collection of stories belonging to a people and addressing their origin,
history, deities, ancestors, and heroes.

Carving: The cutting of material such as stone or wood to form a figure or design.

Sculpture: A three-dimensional object, which a viewer may experience from all angles,
sometimes incorporating the art of carving, casting, forging, and moulding. Many materials are
used in various combinations.

Ovoid: The term used to describe the oblong, or egg shaped form that is used in Haida art.

Symbolism: The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic
meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships.

Haida Animal Symbols:

        EAGLE – Great strength, leadership and prestige

        FROG - Associated with copper and great wealth

        RAVEN - Creation and knowledge - bringer of the light

        THUNDERBIRD - Powerful and mystical - a leader

        BEAVER - Creative, artistic and determined

        WOLF - Intelligence and leadership - strong sense of family
Kiwanis Hall/classroom-

                                     OVER TIME:
                           Members’ Centennial Exhibition
                         November 18, 2005 to February 19, 2006

Kiwanis Hall is the Kelowna Art Gallery’s community exhibition space. Many different works have
been shown here for the community, by the community and about the community, representing
local talent and concerns.

To commemorate Kelowna’s centennial year, the Kelowna Art Gallery has organized a first-ever
members’ exhibition entitled Over Time.

This community exhibition of artworks by Kelowna citizens reflect their thoughts and feelings
about living in Kelowna and what it means to be a resident of this city.

Doug Smarch Jr. - Lucinations
Reynolds Gallery November 18, 2005 to February 19, 2006
Linda Sawchyn, Curator

Doug Smarch Jr. is an artist of Tlingit origin who is based in Teslin, Yukon. He is a recent
graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Lucinations is a DVD animation that is based on a
legend from the artist’s community that comes from a time before the arrival of the Alaska
Highway. Projected onto a custom made screen constructed out of feathers. Smarch’s
Lucinations is a beautiful and magical interpretation. The artist states:

Lucinations is based on a legend from my community that comes from a time before the arrival
of the Alaska Highway. According to this legend, a man was looking for a lost relation and went
to ask the help of a medicine man. The medicine man put his spirit into a fox, which allowed him
to travel more easily to look for the lost man. He found the man in the next community, but on
his way home, he came down into Teslin from the top of a hill and saw a cloud hanging over the
community. When he came back into his body he told everyone that life was going to change for
the Teslin people forever - a change that came with the Highway.

As the creator of this work, I am a calalyst for re-telling this story. Using a magical modern,
computer program called Maya, I have tried to remake the scene of what that vision might have
been and what the medicine man might have dreamed while he slept. The feather screen was
made to represent the cloud in this story. The piece is like nature, playing charades with the
medicine man, showing him the drastic changes to come, but using local imagery from the era of
when the vision was to have occurred. It is a beautiful dream but it is equally puzzling and
Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge
Treadgold/Bullock Gallery, November 18, 2005 to February 19, 2006

Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge will bring the work of this leading contemporary Haida artist
to the Kelowna Art Gallery for the first time.

How Davidson works to expand and transform his understanding of Haida art and cultural
practice is shown in this exhibition through his engagement with abstraction, with reclaiming
cultural knowledge, and with developing a personal iconography in his art. The exhibition will
include several paintings on canvas, paper, and stretched deerskin drums; and sculptures in
cedar and aluminum. Four extra-ordinary 19th century artifacts from the northern Northwest
Coast include three painted bentwood dishes and a Haida-painted canoe-steering paddle. These
objects are a foundation for Davidson’s inquiry, showing how artists of the past also challenged
their viewers and contributed to stretching the boundaries of their inherited visual traditions.

Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge is organized and circulated by the UBC Museum of
Anthropology in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada. The exhibition is curated by
Karen Duffek, Curator of Art, UBC Museum of Anthropology. This exhibit is made possible by the
Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program.

Organized by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and circulated by
the National Gallery of Canada.
Organisée par le Musée d’anthropologie de l’université de la Colombie-Britannique et mise en
tournée par le Musée des beauz arts due Canada.
                                      POST-TOUR ACTIVITY

Please try to plan this activity shortly after your tour at the Kelowna Art Gallery, as it has been
specifically designed to complement your visit to our Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge
exhibit at the Kelowna Art Gallery!

                               PLASTICINE and SOAP CARVING

Objective: To create a 3-D animal or bird sculpture by modeling with plasticene and carving
        soap. To make observations of animals and create line drawings using books and
        magazine pictures.


       Plasticine for pre-carving lesson
       Images of birds, whale, bear, dolphin, eagle, rabbit, wolf, loon
       Soap
       Exacto knives
       Carving tools


    1. Background information, cultural importance of carving.
    2. List names of local sculptors (difference between carving and sculpting…is size).
    3. Read the poem “Out of a stone…” (on the back)

Procedure: (K-12)

    1. Using library books, magazine pictures, or other resources BRAINSTORM in small groups:

                 In order to capture the essence of your bird/animal you must know something
                 about it…features (use your senses), and ask the following questions: where
                 does it live, how does it move, what does it eat, what sort of mouth does it have,
                 eyes, feet, thick, thin, beautiful, graceful, serious, cute, …

    2. Draw 2 quick outlines of your animal (side/top view).
    3. Create a model of your animal using plasticine.
    4. Demonstrate use of tools. Do not try to carve the perfect animal or bird…it is your first
       time…enjoy the experience.

Extension: (7-12) Soapstone Carving Workshop

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