Eiteljorg Musuem Blog

Artist-in-Residence Norris Chee (Dineh) - through Nov. 2

by Linda Montag-Olson, Public programs manager | Oct 18, 2013

Each fall the Eiteljorg connects Indiana students with Native artists from across the United States. This may be the only encounter some students have with someone from another culture and the excitement is palpable as they realize American Indians are alive and well today. The public is invited to the studios on Saturday afternoons where the artists will be available to speak with visitors as they work on their own projects.

Painter Norris Chee (Dineh) 
Meet the artist
Oct. 19 & 26
1pm - 4pm
Meet Norris, learn about his art and culture, and watch as he demonstrates his art-making techniques. 

Airbrush workshop

Saturday, Nov. 2
10am - 3pm
Fee $10 per participant
(more info below)   

Norris Chee (Dineh) is a painter who was raised in a very traditional Dineh home, and first learned to speak English in school. From his first pencil drawing on a second grade school desk, Norris knew he wanted art to be a part of his life.

Norris will introduce students to Navajo culture and complete a drawing during his time with the group. Norris will share how animals and symbols play a part in the culture and language and how this was significant for the Navajo Code Talkers during WWll. Students will learn a Dineh word and draw a picture to help remember the word.

Norris travels extensively across the United States entering art shows and winning awards, living his dreams of painting. Norris also works as an Artist in Residence for the state of Nebraska, visiting schools and communities, teaching students his artistic talents, methods and about the customs of his tribe.

Pictured above:
Norris Chee
Eagle's Eye

This workshop is fun for the entire family! Get to know Norris, learn about his Dineh culture and his artwork, then roll up your sleeves and get to work. With Norris’ guidance, participants will design and create their own stencils, choose colors and create their own airbrushed t-shirt to take home.

Because exact-o knives will be used for preparing stencils, this workshop is open to ages 10 and up with an accompanying adult. There will be a 1-hour break for lunch.

Pre-register by calling (317) 636-9378. Please indicate your shirt size when registering (Adult – S, M, L, XL or Youth – S, M, L).

Fee $10 per participant (covers all materials)



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