Animals + Insects

Grade(s): 2, 3, 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 Studio, In School, and Virtual

Animal Pencil Holder: A whimsical animal of the student's choice decorates this hand built pinch pot, with a face on one side and a tail on the other! Instructors will guide students through the dominant traits that make each animal look distinct and guide students in creating the forms that will best reflect that animal.

    Student Outcomes
    • Learn interesting facts about their chosen animal
    • Experiment with drawing, impressing, rolling, and coiling clay in order to create a realistic rendering of their chosen animal
    • Learn what clay is and where it comes from; why it is bisque fired in a kiln; how to use clay and clay tools safely in a professional studio
    • Create art for enjoyment
    Elephant World: Students examine photographs of both elephant species (African and Asian) so they can learn the different traits before being led step by step through the process of how to build a low relief sculpture on a slab of clay. If you are studying India in the classroom, please specify which elephant you would like students to create during your workshop. Recommended for Grades 2 + 3

         Student Outcomes
        • Demonstrate care and concern for the environment
        • Experiment with drawing, impressing, rolling and coiling clay in order to create a realistic rendering of a low-relief elephant of your choice

          Great Horned Owl:  Did you know there are close to 40 different species of owl in North America and the Great Horned Owl has been chosen as Alberta’s provincial bird? Students learn to sculpt one specific species of owl.

              Student Outcomes
              • Explore how texture can be used to create a visual effect
              • Differentiate between two- and three- dimensional shapes
              • Learn what clay is and where it comes from; why it is bisque fired in a kiln; how to use clay and clay tools safely in a professional studio
              • Create art for enjoyment

              Metamorphosis:  Students examine an actual butterfly and view photographs of a variety of species, including their metamorphosis, before being led step by step through the process of how to build all these different stages into one long rectangular slab of clay. Students will cut, roll coils and create all of the different shapes required to complete this perfect addition to any garden. 

              Student Outcomes
              • Learn the metamorphosis stages of common butterfly species in Alberta and why colour, symmetry and pattern are important for their survival
              • Explore land based learning concepts and discuss environmental impacts on butterfly habitats

              *Note: All in school and virtual clay programs use air dry clay which is much less durable than clay that is bisque fired at our visual art studios. We cannot transport clay from in-school programs to the visual art studios for firing, but if your school has a kiln and a technician, we can supply suitable clay for firing at your school. 

              Click here for information on in school techniques for finishing air dry clay



              • Science: Interactions between plants, animals (including humans) and the environment 
              • Art: Creativity and its relationship to computational thinking
              • Math: Symmetry and pattern
              • Social: Communities in the world



              Suggested Pairings

              Exploring Art – Art Gallery of St. Albert

              Spring along the River – Musée Héritage Museum

              Francophone History in St. Albert – Little White School

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              Teacher Feedback

              My students loved the field trip. There is a good mix of teaching about the history and hands-on activities.

              Holy Cross SchoolGr 2, “My School – Past and Present” at Little White School and “Work and Play” at St. Albert Grain Elevators

              Perfect project to complement our learning in Science.

              Wild Rose SchoolGr 3, “Metamorphosis” clay program - Art Gallery of St. Albert, St Albert Place Studios

              The presentation was engaging and informative. It fit in wonderfully with our kindergarten curriculum and was a positive and meaningful experience for my students.

              Windsor Park SchoolKinder, “I Belong” in-school Museum program

              These were valuable and engaging programs for the students. They enjoyed learning a new skill and at the river lots they were encouraged to think critically and reflect carefully.

              Leo Nickerson SchoolGr 5, “Learning from the Land” at the River Lots

              My students loved it and couldn't wait to go home and show their creations!

              Ecole HillgroveGr 5, “Needle Felted Owl” – Art Gallery of St. Albert, St Albert Place Studios

              This program was fantastic. The students loved the opportunity to be in council chambers.

              Albert Lacombe SchoolGr 6, “History of Local Government” Museum program

              I have done clay projects with you for as long as I can remember. Once again, everything was AMAZING! We have a new grade partner this year who had never been, and she absolutely loved it! The instructors are always excellent, They explain and guide the students in manageable chunks to make it easy for the kids to follow along. I love that you allow extra parents to come and assist. I especially like that the projects are always connected to the curriculum! Thanks again.

              Bishop David MotiukGr 3, “Nunavut Kayaks” Clay Program

              The Peru and Indigenous Peoples of Canada program perfectly connected Gr 3 Social Studies content with some Gr 4 Social Studies content. We had lots to talk about after.

              Lynnwood SchoolGr 3/4, “Peru and the Aboriginal People of Canada” Museum program

              The instructor was amazing. She engaged the students in the Métis culture. The activity was hands on and informative.

              St. Edmund SchoolGr 4 “Metis Contemporary Beading” Gallery Indigenous In-School Program

              Amazing program with a knowledgeable instructor who engaged my students and me too! Thanks so much for offering this field trip.

              Connections for LearningGr 3 “Tipi As Home” – Museum Program