Norval Morrisseau

This fun art project was inspired by Norval Morrisseau, who was a fantastic Canadian artist with Ojibwa ancestry.


He was a Shaman or medicine man and began the pictographic style which we will be using in this lesson.

His works have bold, bright, flat colours with thick black outlines. His favorite subject matters are animals and are often highly spiritual. He also uses symbolism in his work which can be seen in the circles he uses to represent the circle of life and the lines he uses represent energy flowing in the body.

Morrisseau’s style has been called the “Eastern Woodland Style” and has since influenced many native American artists.

In this lesson you will create your own brightly colored animal. You may copy mine. Or really challenge yourself and use one of the images provided.

First let’s gather our materials:

  • A copy of a North American Animal to work from (Here are some ideas)
  • A4 o4 A3 White Drawing Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paint (Tempura/Acrylic/Water Colour)
  • Black Sharpie


I would love to see your work. So don’t forget to share it with me on Instagram! Use the hashtag #artivibe
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