Amanda Dionne Hugon was born in Chilliwack, BC on January 15th, 1982. She is a Northwest Coast Artist of the Sto;Lo Nation and Metis Ancestry. She graduated with honours from the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. Amanda is actively involved in her community of Terrace. She is an active Terrace Art Gallery member, a 7 year scouter with the 1st Terrace troop of Scouts Canada & a Terrace Public Library board member. Amanda has been a guest artist within the school district and has so much fun teaching the youth new and exciting things to do with the First Nations culture. You can see some of Amanda's permanent installations of her works at a few locations around Terrace; 50th anniversary painted plaque for the Terrace Public Library, A 6 piece painted box rendition at the Northwest Community Collage Library which also won 2nd place for the Presidents Choice award 2017, a mural for BC parks in collaboration with French Canadian Artist; Marie Christine Claveau which is in the newest building at Furlong Bay provincial park campground. Amanda is a mother of 1 and wife of a very supportive and loving husband. Hugon currently lives in a cozy bungalow that sits parallel to the Skeena River in Terrace, B.C. Amanda believes that every child is an artist, and hopes to find that artist in everyone she teaches.
Amanda works with the youth in a professional and creative manner, her art is always something that is encouraged to incorporate in our program. Her creativity and colourful personalty is a great addition to our group. The First Nations Culture and her knowledge of it is something that Amanda is proud to teach and share with all youth and people alike. Mike Dame, scout leader for 1st Terrace Scouters.
I introduce Northwest Coast Art shapes to a group of First Nations students. We use basic shapes and formlines to create a design that is simple to carve to create a stamp with rubber Lino. We discuss how to create a positive and a negative image using the same design, and the process to do so in carving the design out. Once I approve their design the students carved it out, and inked it with black ink onto paper and material. We also explore with colours and patterns. The stamp is reusable and can be used on useful items such as bags, pillows, cards and clothing.
I instruct youth in a project to paint on canvas in the topic of "what love means to them". We start with drawing the idea out and then transferring it to canvas to paint with acrylic paint. Once completed we hang them for a youth exhibit so they can see their pieces in a professional setting and the parents can see what loves mean to their children and see their artwork on display among other artists.
I lead youth in making their very own puppet out of old socks and recyclables. I organize the kids into groups and they create themes for their puppets based on songs they are going to lip sync too. We set up a stage with lights and music and each group performs a song with their puppets. This is a huge accomplishment for the students, especially those who feel stage fright, to let their puppet steal the show and perform the song with movements with their hands.