Masks and Peru

Grade(s): 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 Person, In School, and Virtual

Students create a mask inspired by ancient cultures of Peru. By looking carefully at ancient Peruvian masks, students learn to recognize some of the similarities and differences in how they were designed. A variety of clay hand building techniques are explored to allow students to create their own unique clay mask, inspired by ancient Peruvians.

*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.



  • Social: Comparing Cultures; Communities in the World
  • Art: Understand the inspiration behind a piece of art


Student Outcomes

  • Learn interesting facts about Peru
  • Learn about the materials used to create these masks.
  • Explore how texture can be used to create a visual effect
  • Create art for enjoyment


Suggested Pairings

Peru and the Aboriginal People of Canada – Musée Héritage Museum