Family Plaque

Grade(s): 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

This delightful clay project allows students to create themselves along with their entire family, including pets. Students learn how to plan their low relief sculpture, incorporating multiple hand building techniques to create a unique portrait of their own family.  

*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



  • Introduction to culture and heritage of individuals, groups, and communities
  • Creativity and its relationship to computational thinking


Student Outcomes

  • Experiment with drawing, impressing, rolling, and coiling clay in order to create an accurate depiction of themselves 
  • Continue clay modelling, going beyond previous levels to include more advanced slab techniques; e.g., cutting, welding to make cylindrical shapes
  • Explore how texture can be used to create a visual effect