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Mask Carving Workshop
Apr 20 at 9:00am - 4:00pm
An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until April 22
Carve an eagle under the guidance of First Nations carver Rupert Scow and experience the transformation of a woodblock into a piece of art. Some woodwork experience is needed. Materials supplied but students need to bring carving tools. Small group. Vaccination passport required.
Instructor: Rupert Scow comes from a line of Kwakwaka’wakw carvers living in the Alert Bay/Gilford Island area of Northern Vancouver Island. The Scow family, known as “The people of the Bear,” is Kwikwasut’inuxw from the village of Gwa’yasdams on Gilford Island.
Through heredity, the Bear and the Gwa’yasdams crest of the Sisiutl, or double-headed sea serpent, are family crests. Rupert is currently based in Lake Cowichan. He began learning to carve cedar in his 20s. He soon developed his own style and continues to keep the tradition of carving alive by teaching others the traditional techniques.
With his great sense of humour, detailed steps in an order that makes sense, careful demonstration and oversight, as a teacher Rupert makes sure that each student creates a piece of art to be proud of. A world-class artist, whose work is in museums and art galleries and on display with collectors around the world, Rupert creates original artwork as well as makes himself available to teach both experienced artists and total beginners of every culture.