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 Person, In School, and Virtual

Stegosaurus: Stegosaurus is best known for the fact that it was an herbivore and had two rows of armoured plates that ran along it’s back and tail. Scientists now illustrate this dinosaur with a spiky tail held up in the air for protection while its head remained low to the ground in order to eat vegetation. Students learn different hand building techniques that will allow them to successfully create this amazing creature.

Tyrannosaurus Rex: This carnivore once roamed the earth in search of fresh meat to eat. Students love to create this fierce giant in clay!

*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: refining forms, creative process, expression and celebration, fine and gross motor skill development
  • Science: shapes, animals, fossils, experimentation, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making


Student Outcomes

  • Learn how big the Stegosaurus or T-Rex actually was, based on fossil evidence
  • Look at images and discuss what Stegosaurus or T-Rex may have eaten and how they may have protected themselves from larger predators
  • Basic hand building skills will be explored and the instructor will teach students a step-by-step process of how to model a Stegosaurus or T-Rex

Suggested Pairings

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    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