Tipi Scene

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, In School, and Virtual

The Indigenous peoples often travelled the plains. Because of this, they developed a unique portable house form known as a tipi. Today, tipis retain cultural significance and are sometimes constructed for special functions. Using a range of hand-building techniques, shapes and details, students will make a three dimensional tipi scene.

*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.


  • Art: Make experimental and informed artistic choices when creating artworks
  • Social: Alberta: The Land, Histories & Stories; Communities in Canada


Student Outcomes

  • Learn how to organize the elements of art to create shape and form with proportion, geometric and organic design
  • Differentiate between two- and three-dimensional shapes
  • Students relate how culture is reflected in visual arts across time and place
  • Create art for enjoyment


Suggested Pairings

Tipi as Home – Musée Héritage Museum

Teacher Feedback

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