Pauta Saila is known for his dancing bear sculptures. The stones he used are heavy, but his bears look light and graceful.
About Pauta Saila
“I like to carve what I feel, not merely what I see.” —Pauta Saila
Inuit artist Pauta Saila (1916–2009) is best known for his series of dancing bear sculptures. Soapstone was his favourite material to work with. Although Saila was also a skilled hunter, he focused his work in the early 1980s on carving.
Let's Dance - activity card
Pauta Saila said he likes to carve what he feels, not just what he sees. How do you feel right now? What three colours would you use to describe that feeling? Why?
With friends or family, play some music that makes you feel like dancing. After a few seconds, pause the music and pose like this bear. For fun, see how long you can stay in that position. Repeat! Draw your pose.
If you have access to a printer, print the activity card.
If you do not have access to a printer, follow along and draw your artworks using paper you have available at home.
Make your artwork as realistic or not as you wish!