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Family Matters

Drawing activity suitable for all ages.

Odjig Family; Father, Mother, Grandfather, Stanley, Daphne, Donald, Winnie, Xmas, Dec 25th

Daphne Odjig, Odjig Family

Daphne Odjig, Odjig Family; Father, Mother, Grandfather, Stanley, Daphne, Donald, Winnie, Xmas, Dec 25th, 1986. Acrylic on canvas, 121.9 x
101.6 cm. Purchase with assistance from Greg Latremoille and the Estate of Mary Ash, 2016. © Estate of Daphne Odjig.

ACTIVITY

Daphne Odjig’s painting, Odjig Family; Father, Mother, Grandfather, Stanley, Daphne, Donald, Winnie, Xmas, Dec 25th, 1986, is a portrait of her family. As a child, she learned how to paint and draw from her grandfather, who also shared stories about their ancestors. Notice the curving black lines, overlapping shapes and rich colours. She wanted First Nations individuals to see themselves reflected in the work on display when they came to an art gallery. Which family members would you include in a painting that people might see at the AGO?

Draw (or colour) a portrait of your family and/or loved ones

Who would you like to include in your picture? Create portraits of your family members and/or loved ones in different settings and start your own art gallery at home.

  1. If you have access to a printer, print the activity card and colour the line drawing.

  2. If you do not have access to a printer, draw a portrait of your own family. Colour it and share it.

  3. Make your portrait as realistic or not as you wish!

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