News Release - As the back-to-school season gets underway in schools across Canada, and as the 100th anniversary celebrations begine anniversary of the birth of world-renowned artist Jean Paul Riopelle, the Riopelle Foundation launches the educational platform Studio Riopellewhich will allow teachers across Canada to introduce the approximately 5 million elementary and secondary school students to Riopelle's work and vision from across the country.
This interactive platform, accessible free of charge online, brings together a multitude of fun tools and resources for Canadian schools, in French and English. It includes
- 5 themes related to the work of Jean Paul Riopelle;
- 10 art projects for youth and teens;
- 5 online creative games for everyone;
- 5 online appreciation games for everyone;
- 18 historical, thematic and technical video clips;
- 1 explanatory lexicon.
Developed over the past year by the Riopelle Foundation team, under the direction of Andrée-Caroline Boucher, Ph.D., expert in technopedagogy, and with the collaboration of the creative team of the Montreal agency AkufenStudio Riopelle's digital platform is based on best practices in the field of elementary and secondary education and uses the latest technological advances to provide schools across the country with a comprehensive, easy-to-use tool that is easily accessible to everyone, whether on an interactive whiteboard (IWB), a computer, a tablet or even a phone.
It is also based on various pedagogical tools developed in recent years by Yseult Riopelle, author of Catalog raisonné of Jean Paul Riopellehonorary curator of the centennial celebrations and daughter of the artist.
As for the pan-Canadian cultural mediation program Dialogues : Meetings around Riopelle's work from coast to coast, whose call for projects is taking place in the 13 provinces and territories of the country until October 10, the Studio Riopelle project, which is part of the official Riopelle's centennial celebrationsThis project is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Details regarding this support from the Government of Canada will be announced shortly.
Bringing Riopelle to Canadian youth
Through five themes dear to Riopelle's heart - nature, freedom, the earth, play and the journey - students will be inspired by Riopelle's work to create their own unique works that will be displayed throughout the centennial year in 2023 in the Rio Gallerywhere their creations will be virtually exhibited.
The learning process will take place in four phases:
- Introduction: presents essential information about the project, including a collection of works grouped by theme to discover how they manifest themselves in Jean Paul Riopelle's artistic approach;
- Preparation: Students are invited to appreciate contemporary art and to take a close look at Riopelle's works through fun and educational appreciation games;
- Realization: thanks to a series of video capsules " Nuggets of art "In a concise and easy-to-understand format, students can apply their learning by creating their own works inspired by the themes and techniques associated with Riopelle's career;
- Integration: this last step allows for a review of the learning achieved during the process.
A pedagogical guide to support teachers
In order to provide teachers with the tools they need to develop their projects, the Riopelle Foundation, in conjunction with theInstitute of Canadian Arthas developed an educational guide. Entitled Abstraction and the inspiration of nature through the art of Jean Paul Riopellethe reference document is available for free download online, in French and English.
Source : Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation
 Source: Statistics Canada