Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Artists in Training

When native artist Gorden Coons exhibited at The Edge Canter gallery in October of 2011, he conducted five classes at the Bigfork School in his techniques. The following is some the art that the students of the Bigfork School created as a result.

The above photo is Gordon during one of the classes.

Gordon Coons, because of his Ojibway and Ottawa heritage, has chosen to work in the Eastern Woodland and the Ledger styles. He is a self-taught artist, now living in Minneapolis, and is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe of northern Wisconsin.

His student classes started with 14 Native American students from Grand Rapids and then included several grades from the Bigfork School. The talks he gave after the classes helped students and other visitors understand what lies behind his color and symbol choices.

Here are several examples of the student art. The whole collection can be viewed at:


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