Inuksuk

Grade(s): Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 2, and 3

Location: Visual Art Studios at St. Albert Place (Art Gallery of St. Albert)

Program Delivery: In Studio, In School, and Virtual

Traditionally, Inuit people in the Arctic built Inuksuit's (plural) where the landscape had few distinguishing features to help them find their way to traditional hunting grounds, sacred places or home camps. 

Students shape clay into different rock formations, in order to build their own Inuksuk inspired standing sculpture. Inuk means “person” and suk means “substitute”.

*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.


Curriculum

  • Art: refining forms, creative process, expression and celebration, fine and gross motor skill development
  • Science: shapes, colours, animals, seasons, experimentation, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
  • Social: being together, belonging & connecting, communities in Canada (Inuit)

 

 

Student Outcomes

  • 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
  • Students connect with world cultures and experience diversity
  • Examine a variety of different Inuksuit images, discuss the purpose of building these stone landmarks in harsh northern climates

 

 

Suggested Pairings

Exploring Art – Art Gallery of St. Albert

The Inuit – Musée Héritage Museum

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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!

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      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.

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

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