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Quebec: Arts & Culture  Teacher Centre


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These Web Sites will provide you with background information.

 

Answer Key

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?_Geography Art Tour

 

 

 

Web Links

Cirque du Soleil

This site includes a wealth of information about the origins of Cirque du Soleil and its current shows. The visuals on the site are evocative but not "mature." The site also includes information about the ways in which Cirque du Soleil is helping youth at risk around the world. Some students may be interested in this aspect of the group's mission.

Two Centuries of Quebec Art History

This site, courtesy of the National Museum of Fine Art, features some of the Quebec "masters," such as Ozias Leduc and Cornelius Krieghoff. The works date from the late 17 th century to the late 19 th century and include portraits, sculpture, photography, and gold and silver pieces. Ensure that the students access the enlarged view feature for better viewing.

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Answer Key

?_Geography Art Tour

There are no real right and wrong answers for this activity, although you may wish to monitor how well students are using the visual clues to answer the questions.

    Students may enjoy doing this activity when they are learning about life New France (page 12) and the creation of Lower Canada (page 16). As much as possible, they should try to link their knowledge of New France and its culture (for example, the importance of the Church) to the works depicted. Some of the questions ask students to respond to the paintings personally; others ask them to deduce certain information based on their acquired knowledge. It may be helpful to let students print some of the works using a colour printer.

     In answering which people seem to be missing from this overview of Quebec life, students might note the absence of First Nations and the preponderance of middle- and upper-class Quebecers represented in the paintings. Portrait painting in particular was a European tradition, and only those with money could sit for a portrait and pay for it.

     Students can consult the Canadian Encyclopedia for additional information about each of the artists.

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