Inuit Plaque color

The Inuit live in the far north of Canada where the weather is much cooler. In the coldest winter months, they wear hooded coats or parkas made from animal skins to keep them warm.

Students create a two-dimensional Inuit inspired figure on a diagonal clay slab, complete with traditional clothing.

Learning outcomes:

Students will:

  • 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 environment.
  • Experiment with drawing, impressing, rolling, and coiling clay in order to create an accurate depiction of themselves.
  • Examine images of Inuit wearing traditional clothing, discuss where they live and what kinds of animals they hunt for food and clothing to survive in a harsh northern climate.

Curriculum Links:

  • Art: refining forms, creative process, expression and celebration, fine and gross motor skill development
  • Social: Being Together, Belonging & Connecting, Communities in Canada (Inuit)
  • Science: Shapes, Colours, Animals, Seasons, Experimentation, Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making

Suggested field trips to pair with:

Visual Art Studio Field Trips: 
The Art Gallery of St. Albert runs clay and multimedia art fieldtrips in the Visual Art Studios at St. Albert Place, located at 5 St. Anne Street. Parent volunteers are required for our programs to be a successful experience for all, so please provide them with correct address information on your fieldtrip forms.

St. Albert Place is a public building so it is important to keep voices down when entering the front doors and walking past the elevators to the end of the hall with your class. There are coat hangers available for three different classes under the windows outside of the studios. Please keep your students grouped together and knock on your assigned studio door when you are ready to enter. Instructors will meet you in the hallway to confirm student numbers and inform students and adults of important studio rules before entering.
Kindly email or call 780-459-1163 for more information regarding booking a Visual Art Studio field trip.

NEW Virtual Fees:

  • $8.75 per student (minimum class fee of $140 based on 16 students)
  • Includes Art Kit (Air-dry clay, clay tools and water buckets; please inform registration if you would prefer H435 bisque fired clay)
    • free pickup at Art Gallery of St. Albert or
    • Added fee of $60.00 for delivery in St. Albert and $90.00 for delivery in Edmonton (Please request a quote for all outlying areas)

Studio Fees:

  • $8.75 per student (minimum class fee of $140 based on 16 students)


We’ll send an invoice to your school within one month—please don’t bring your payment to the workshop.

Please make cheques payable to Arts and Heritage St. Albert. Include invoice numbers and mail to:
Arts and Heritage St. Albert
Suite #200, 20 Perron Street
St. Albert, AB  T8N 1E4

For account inquiries, contact us at 780-459-1163 or

Information and Policies

What People are Saying about Inuit Inspired Plaque

“(The instructor) paced the lesson appropriately for the age group and infused information and concepts from several curricular subjects… An excellent, curricular project that uses material (clay) to make a meaningful piece of art, fit as a gift.” – Teacher from Onoway Elementary

“Instructors were interesting and enthusiastic. The hands-on part is the reason it makes it so engaging for the students.” – Teacher from Centennial Elementary


Total Time

1.5 hours


Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, Clay Program, Cultural, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Social Studies


Virtual field trip, Visual Arts Studios, St. Albert Place