Teacher Resource Guide
Professional Illustration and Graphic Design through the art of Oscar Cahén
Grades 7 to 10
Oscar Cahén (1916–1956) came to Canada in 1940 as a political refugee, and within a few years he established himself as a professional artist in Canada. He was equally famous as an avant-garde painter and as a commercial illustrator whose pictures and covers for magazines helped shape people’s ideas about the world. By viewing them through a critical lens, students can gain insights into Cahén’s magazine illustrations and covers as important forms of media. In this guide students will explore Cahén’s graphic designs for the popular press and use critical analysis questions to understand his work. They will engage in illustrating their own communities and developing their own social justice projects. Students will also gain a greater understanding of juxtaposition as they explore text and illustration to enhance their social and political messages.
- An illustration for a magazine short story: analyzing “The First (and Last) Ottawa Street Café”
- Experiential learning: watercolour illustrations of your community
- Creating social justice magazine covers inspired by current events
Language Arts, Media Arts, Visual Arts, English, and more