the north face down jacket Indigenous carving course offered at college
An internationally renowned master carver and Indigenous artist is setting up shop at Okanagan College this winter to pass on the traditional skills and knowledge he has honed over a 25 year career.
Darren McKenzie is a Cree and Metis artist from Vancouver. Fueled by a desire to inspire the next generation of carvers, he recently worked with the college to develop a new course Indigenous Wood Sculpting that will run Feb. 2 18, and March 2 18, at the Kelowna campus.
“It will be a blend of traditional carving and Indigenous wood carving,
but it’s going to be very open ended. We’ll delve into any techniques and styles the students want to learn.”
The course will cater to students of all skill levels.
“There will be something for everyone,” says McKenzie. “We’ll work through everything from basic drawing, design and carving, to some more advanced elements.”
McKenzie began carving in 1993 under the instruction of Salish Artist Gerry Sheena. He went on to complete an intensive four year apprenticeship with master carver Ken Mowatt at the ‘Ksan Historical Village and Museum in Hazelton.