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Pangnirtung students showcase printmaking skills

After three weeks of printmaking workshops, Pangnirtung students had an opportunity to showcase and sell their artwork on Jan. 31.

Students participated in three week long printmaking workshop in Pangnirtung before selling them at a showcase at Attogoyuk Ilisavik High School. Photo courtesy of Natalie Baird

Students at Attagoyuk Ilisavik High School learned about various printmaking methods. They created relief prints with objects like needles and wooden guns; lino prints and fish prints. The participants made art pieces at school, the Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts, and on-land.

“The art show brought together these many art forms and knowledge to share youth perspectives on the importance of sea ice and country foods, and highlight youth strength and creativity,” said art instructor Natalie Baird.

The workshops were led by several instructors including Cie Taqiasuk from Kinngait. Taqiasuk, who is part of Embassy of Imagination, was specifically invited to share his artistic skills with the youth in Pangnirtung.

As part of the workshops, students sent one of their artworks to Kinngait for a print-exchange. With over 100 student artworks sold, the instructors are heading to Kinngait next to facilitate similar workshops for the youth.