Students are to match each quote to one of the images shown below.  They are also encouraged to find other Carr works that could fit the quotes from the other reference sites listed.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - www.aggv.bc.ca
Vancouver Art Gallery - www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
Art Gallery of Ontario - www.ago.net
McMichael Gallery (Kleinburg) - www.mcmichael.com
National Gallery of Canada - www.gallery.ca
Musée des Beaux Arts (Montréal) - www.mbam.qc.ca

Students are to match each quote to one of the images shown below.  They are also encouraged to find other Carr works that could fit the quotes from the other reference sites listed.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - www.aggv.bc.ca
Vancouver Art Gallery - www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
Art Gallery of Ontario - www.ago.net
McMichael Gallery (Kleinburg) - www.mcmichael.com
National Gallery of Canada - www.gallery.ca
Musée des Beaux Arts (Montréal) - www.mbam.qc.ca


© 2007, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. All Rights Reserved.

“I ornamented my pottery with Indian designs – that was why the tourists bought it. I hated myself for prostituting Indian Art; our Indians did not ‘pot,’ their designs were not intended to ornament clay – but I did keep the Indian design pure.”1
“I ornamented my pottery with Indian designs – that was why the tourists bought it. I hated myself for prostituting Indian Art; our Indians did not ‘pot,’ their designs were not intended to ornament clay – but I did keep the Indian design pure.”1
1Emily Carr, Growing Pains – An Autobiography, (Toronto: Irwin Publishing, 1946), 231.
© 1946, Irwin Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

"I feel there is very much in abstraction but it must be abstraction with a reason, that is, there must be an underlying truth - something - the pith or kernel, the inner sense of the thing to be expressed. If that doesn't speak then it's a dead abstraction without cause of reason for existence."1
"I feel there is very much in abstraction but it must be abstraction with a reason, that is, there must be an underlying truth - something - the pith or kernel, the inner sense of the thing to be expressed. If that doesn't speak then it's a dead abstraction without cause of reason for existence."1
1Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousands, (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2006), 47.
© 2006, Douglas & McIntyre. All Rights Reserved.

"It seems as it those shimmering seas can scarcely bear a hand's touch. That which moves across the water is scarcely a happening … It's more like a breath, involuntary and alive, coming, going, always there but impossible to hang on to … Only spirit can touch this."1
"It seems as it those shimmering seas can scarcely bear a hand's touch. That which moves across the water is scarcely a happening … It's more like a breath, involuntary and alive, coming, going, always there but impossible to hang on to … Only spirit can touch this."1
1Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousands, (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2006), 165.
© 2006, Douglas & McIntyre. All Rights Reserved.

A watercolour painting of a totem pole topped by an eagle at Skidigate, BC.

A watercolour painting of a totem pole topped by an eagle at Skidigate, BC

Emily Carr
Donated in memory of Dorothy Plaunt Dyde
c. 1930
Skidigate, British Columbia, CANADA
AGGV 1980.034.001
© 2007, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. All Rights Reserved.


An oil painting of a seascape with large boulders in the foreground and a bright, ‘moving’ sky.

An oil painting of a seascape with large boulders in the foreground and a bright, ‘moving’ sky.

Emily Carr
Anonymous Gift
c. 1935
CANADA Vancouver Island and vicinity, British Columbia, Vancouver Island and vicinity, CANADA
AGGV 1997.034.001
© 2007, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. All Rights Reserved.


A small bowl with a rounded shoulder and small mouth with no neck, shoulder is decorated with a First Nation design.

A small bowl with a rounded shoulder and small mouth with no neck, shoulder is decorated with a First Nation design.

Emily Carr
Gift of Commander & Mrs. A.J. Tullis
c. 1930
Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
AGGV 1973.079.001
© 2007, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. All Rights Reserved.


Learning Objectives

Curriculum Link (BC) – English Language Arts; Social Studies; Visual Arts; Art Foundations; Information Technology 9/10

Learning Objectives:
· By matching quotes from Emily Carr to various paintings students will appreciate how Carr was as much a talented writer as she was artist. Students will also make connections between the development of her painting and that of her writing (almost a parallel course).
· After reading various quotes from Carr’s novels and journals students will compare the themes, purposes, and appeal of different communications – biography, autobiography, journal, story etc.
· After reading the various quotes from Carr’s writings students will identify connections between their own ideas, experiences, and knowledge and a variety of literary and mass media works created by classroom, local, British Columbian, and international authors and developers from various cultural communities.
· Students will use their senses to perceive the world and respond to images and the ways in which they reflect the personal, social, cultural, and historical contexts in which they were created.
· Students will experience and analyze how the physical qualities of visual elements and principles of art and design are used to create effects and mood in representational and non-representational images.
· Students will examine the relationship between the use of particular image-development strategies and intended mood and message.
· Students will be able to describe the contributions that Emily Carr has made to the arts in Canada.
· Students will consider why Aboriginal peoples are concerned about Cultural appropriation.
· This learning object will allow students to demonstrate their ability to use the Internet to access, capture, and store information.
· Students will use information technology tools to gather and organize information and produce documents.
· By interacting with this object students will demonstrate an awareness of the impact of electronic resources on education, careers, and recreation.

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