Emily Carr

Capturing Movement in Nature

Artist Bio: Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945) was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style,[1] Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until late in her life. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes to landscapes—forest scenes in particular. As a writer, Carr was one of the earliest chroniclers of life in British Columbia. The Canadian Encyclopedia describes her as a “Canadian icon”. – from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“A picture equals a movement in space.” – Emily Carr

Classroom Presentation Materials


  • Four Pictures by Emily Carr by Nicolas Debon
  • The Book of Small by Emily Carr
  • Emily Carr and her dogs: Flirt, Punk, and Loo by Emily Carr
  • Emily Carr’s Woo by Constance Horne

Teacher Extras

Share some Haida/Tlingit art with your students here: https://artclasscurator.com/northwest-coast-indians/ or here: http://content.lib.washington.edu/aipnw/

Totem pole animal figures: Totem Poles

Create a rainforest at home: https://www.education.com/science-fair/article/build-a-rainforest/

Visit Emily Carr museum site here: https://www.emilycarr.com

Write about a memory of a fun day you spent in the out of doors. What did you do? Where did you go? What did you see, smell, hear?

A NewYork Times article about Haida totems: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/world/canada/totem-poles-haida-nation-british-columbia.html?_r=0

Vancouver Island Through An Artist’s Eye – Emily Carr article in the New York Times

http://firstpeoplesofcanada.com/fp_groups/fp_nwc5.html – an excellent resource for Northwest Coast native people’s art, spirituality, clothing and history.

Carnegie Picture Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on art eduction in Walla Walla valley schools. Read more about CPL here .