Iroquois Inspired Pottery

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

Pottery has been used by North Americans for over 3000 years as a means to cook and store food or precious items. The Iroquois, Haudenosaunee or “People of the Longhouse” made clay pots with rounded bottoms that sat on hot coals or hung over cooking fires. Students will learn traditional methods of vessel construction using slabs and clay coils to create a decorative clay pot, inspired by ancient Iroquois artifacts.

*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

  • Canada the Land, Histories and Stories
  • Canada: Origins, Histories & Movement Of Peoples

 

Student Outcomes

  • Explore how texture can be used to create a visual effect
  • 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
  • Going beyond previous levels of pinch pot clay modelling to more advanced coil vessels

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