Huichol Yarn Painting

Grade(s): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12

Location: Visual Art Studios at St. Albert Place (Art Gallery of St. Albert)

Program Delivery: In Person

The Huichol (Whet-chol) people of northwest Mexico have an oral tradition and document their wisdom through their artwork made of wood, beeswax and yarn. Students will use bright, contrasting colours of yarn to express meaning through traditional symbols such as people, animals and nature. Symmetry, balance and geometric designs will be explored.



  • Art: Make experimental and informed artistic choices when creating artworks
  • Social: Students relate how culture is reflected in visual arts across time and place


Student Outcomes

  • Create a message in artworks through the use of patterns, signs, and symbols
  • Create art for enjoyment
  • Creates, values, reflects upon and appreciates the cultural aspects of art


Suggested Pairings

Blanket Exercise – Musée Héritage Museum