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TOM from Home: Collage and Value (Grade 7-8)

Updated: Jan 20, 2021

Print by Kenojuak Ashevak
Kenojuak Ashevak, Proud Young Owl, 1979. Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

An activity for children to be introduced to Inuit artist, Kenojuak Ashevak. Ashevak was born on Baffin Island, eventually moving to Cape Dorset with her children. Ashevak was one of the first female artists in Cape Doreset. She created drawings, carvings, paintings, and prints. Ashevak's art works garnered international attention towards herself and other Inuit life and culture. In this activity participant will investigate various drawing and linework techniques used by the artist.

This activity has been designed and created by Muriel Farmer, MA Candidate Nova Scotia College of Art.

Curriculum Notes: Participants will explore the elements of texture and line. They will look at different types of lines to create value such as hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling. Throughout this participants will search for printed textures and colours. Designed for Grades: 7-8 (Age 12-14).



  • black and white paper

  • pencil crayons (bright colours such as white, yellow, red, and orange)

  • magazines

  • scissors

  • glue


This activity is inspired by Kenojuak Ashevak's work Proud Young Owl from the Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. Participants will combine shading techniques and incorporate collage in a bird themed drawing. They will cut out texture and colours from magazines for the edges of feathers. Then proceed with value techniques to create details in the feathers, the wings, and the body.

Look Deeper at Kenojuak Ashevak's Proud Young Owl

  • How many colours do you see?

  • Does the artist use a limited colour palette?

  • What directions do the lines go? Are they diagonal? Are they long or short lines? Do you think the direction of the lines give value to the feathers?

  • What is the owl doing? Do you think the owl has a reason to be proud? What do you think it is thinking?

Kenojuak Ashevak, Proud Young Owl, 1979. Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.


Step 1

Look outside and see if there are any birds, or find a photograph of a bird for reference.

Using this reference create an outline of the bird.

Step 2

Look through your magazines or old calendars for images of interesting textures and bright

colours and cut them out.

Step 3

Arrange and glue the magazine cutouts on the edge of the feathers of your bird outline.

Step 4

Use pencil crayons to draw the feather lines and other big shapes on the bird.

Step 5

Time to try some Hatching lines. Draw diagonal lines on the feathers. Make every other

feather go in opposite diagonal directions.

Step 6

Try the stippling technique! Use only dots to create value. What happens when you place

dots closer together or further apart? What type of shading does this create?

Step 7

Now it's time to try some Scumbling scribbles! Make circles over and over again. Try to keep

your pencil crayon on the paper for the whole time to create a continuous line.

Step 8

If you're up for a challenge, try sectioning off a small part at the end of each feather. Then

go over your hatching lines with lines that go the other direction. Did you notice the

criss-cross effect? This is called the Cross Hatching technique. What type of effect does this create?

Share your creations with us @TomThomsonArtGallery

For more information on Kenojuak Ashevak visit this link

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