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April 15th PA Day with visiting artist Tim Pitsiulak: Coloured Pencil Wildlife (8-13yrs)



Get your kids creative juices a-flowin’ for a special edition PA Day workshop for kids ages 8-13 atARTiculations. Visiting from Cape Dorset to participate in a creative residency at Open Studio, artist Tim Pitsiulak will lead us through a coloured pencil drawing workshop inspired by our local land and wildlife. Time will talk a little bit about Cape Dorset and how he is inspired by going out on the land and the local wildlife.

*Drop off is between 9:00-9:30 am 

Unfortunately at this time, we cannot offer early drop-off

What to bring:
A full lunch, reusable water bottle and 2 snacks (nut free)
Clothes for getting messy!
Appropriate indoor & outdoor attire: sunscreen, hat, raincoat etc *NOTE: unless its -20, a monsoon or the end of the world, we go outside.  Please come prepared and dressed appropriately! 
Appropriate footwear; close toed shoes for in the studio, walking/running shoes




I am a hunter and I know the land and animals of the north. I am particularly inspired by the bowhead whale, because nobody really knows much about them. My inspiration to be an artist comes from my aunt, Kenojuak Ashevak, because she is the oldest and the best. -Tim Pitsiulak


Tim Pitsiulak has been drawn to the arts and various forms of artistic expression for many years. He started to draw as a young boy and later took up carving as well. He has also participated in jewellery-making workshops offered in Iqaluit.
Born in Kimmirut (Lake Harbour) in 1967 to Napachie (deceased) and Timila Pitsiulak, Tim has been living in Cape Dorset for several years now and has enjoyed working in the lithography studio with visiting arts advisor, Bill Ritchie. The land and its wildlife were initially the primary influences on Tim’s realist drawing style. More recently he has become a chronicler of the everyday, drawing large format, meticulously detailed depictions of boats, heavy equipment and airplanes – the machinery of modern life in Cape Dorset.

Tim is a hunter and his respect for the natural world and its wildlife is fundamental to his artistic sensibility. Tim is particularly inspired by the whales that frequent the cold, Arctic waters – the beluga and the bowhead – because, as he says, nobody really knows much about them. The bowhead in particular is a majestic and mysterious creature and frequently he will embellish his drawings of these animals with ‘tattoos’ of ancient artifacts. His artistic career was recently featured in the 2012 summer issue of The Walrus magazine and in 2013 he attended a very productive printmaking workshop at New Leaf Studios in Vancouver. Tim continues to attract an avid following for his large naturalist drawings of Arctic wildlife.


Dorset Fine Arts was established in 1978 as the marketing division for the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative. Located in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, the Cooperative is unique among its Arctic peers for a focus on the arts and artists of the community. The Annual Print Collection from Cape Dorset has been released since 1959, and the Cooperative also represents many acclaimed sculptors and graphic artists. The distinctive work produced in this region – particularly in stonecut and lithography – is created in the Kinngait Studios, the oldest art print shop in Canada. International sales and exhibitions of Inuit art are brokered through the Dorset Fine Arts office in Toronto.


Open Studio is a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre. It is Canada’s leading printmaking centre, dedicated to the production, preservation and promotion of contemporary original fine art prints. Open Studio provides multi-faceted services, programs and information to artists and the public alike. As a national organization, Open Studio offers affordable and equal access to printmaking facilities, programs and services for artists from across Canada and abroad. Programs at Open Studio are accessible to the arts community and the general public.