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Pacific Northwest Native American Art Ideas

Common beginner mistakes in Pacific Northwest Coast Art: Ovoids and U shapes (mid-coast style)

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Beginner “Mistakes” in Pacific Northwest Coast Art In many abstract artforms, a “mistake” is only a mistake if you interpret it that way. And to a certain extent, you can say the same about Pacific Northwest Coast art. For example, maybe a “mistake” in a particular Pacific Northwest Coast art piece is actually a well-thought-out variation that makes that piece unique and special. Maybe the “mistakes” show the artist’s journey, choices, and story, and that’s what makes it valuable to you. On the other hand, we know there are foundational building blocks and basics in Northwest Coast art formline elements...

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“Your designs make the sky the limit”—examples of Raven Publishing customer artwork

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It’s amazing to see what Raven Publishing’s customers have created over the years with the help of the “Learning By” series From wood carvings and painted paddles to quilting and glasswork, our customers’ artwork spans many different mediums! Over the years, we’ve seen artists, art students, and craftspeople use our ‘Learning By’ Series of books to inform their Pacific Northwest Native Art-style pieces in fabric, embroidery, metal, pottery, glass, precious metals, paintings, and original graphics (just to name a few).

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Potlatch totem pole design meaning and symbolism

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This is a Northwest Coast art-style potlatch pole top, designed by Jim Gilbert. At the top of the pole are human "watchers" or "The Watchmen," who are lookouts in the various directions seeking to warn and protect the village from enemies. 

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Our gratitude and acknowledgements

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Before we did a major overhaul of Raven Publishing’s website, the following excerpt was on our homepage. It was there for a reason. This excerpt shows our endless gratitude to and acknowledgement of our family and friends and the First Nations artists and colleagues who informed the knowledge and designs in our books about Native American and First Nations art of the Pacific Northwest. 

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Northwest Coast Art: Basic Formline Elements and Shapes

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When you look at Pacific Northwest Coast formline art, can you identify the basic building blocks the artist used? After reading this, you should be able to look at Native American art of the Pacific Northwest coast and notice how the artist used and modified fundamental formline art principles, elements, and shapes to create their West Coast art piece.

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