Aspiring Cree Artist Creates New Art Program

An ambitious artist from the Cree Nation recently initiated a new project that is inspiring young Cree artists to practice and share their drawing abilities with each other.

Saige Mukash, 19-year-old self-taught artist from Whapmagoostui, Que., started a new group called Walk and Sketch on July 31. The group meets up and ventures off to their destination where they sketch their surrounding areas.

“It's very fun to be with a group of people who have the same interests as you,” said Mukash.

The project is based outdoors in areas around Whapmagoostui, Que.

The community of Whapmagoostui, Que.
Photo credit: Saige Mukash

Mukash said it encourages artists to engage with each other and be more active with their art, while also being physically active at the same time.

"Walk
 and Sketch is meant to motivate people to be physically healthy and learn from other artists about their skills and techniques,” said Mukash.

The program is supposed to keep going until winter, and should pick back up again in the spring.

“I want to keep doing this as long as I can,” said Mukash.

Mukash said that she wants to encourage young artists to pursue their dreams in art, and Walk and Sketch is one of her first steps towards accomplishing that goal.

Mukash grew up in an artistic family and received a lot of encouragement from them to pursue a career in art.

One of Saige Mukash’s art pieces.