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.



  • 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