Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Building Beasts

Grades: K-8 (Half Day), 4-12 (Full Day)

Program: Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Curriculum Connections: Canadian and World Studies, Geography, History, Native Studies, Social Studies, Visual Arts, French

Welcome to the exciting world of sculptural beasts! Your students learn about gargoyles, totem poles, sphinx and grotesques, and create a ceramic sculpture inspired by the building beasts of history.

Key Inquiry Question
How can mythical building beasts from around the world influence the creation of your clay sculpture?

Program Objectives
By the end of the Building Beasts program, students will:

  • Use appropriate terminology related to ceramic arts
  • Assess historic examples of building beasts as related to their form and function
  • Demonstrate an ability to construct a clay beast using hand building techniques

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