An Inuksuk (eenoot-sook) is a stone landmark that guides travellers. Inuk means “person” and suk means “substitute”. 

Traditionally, Inuit people in the Arctic built Inuksuits (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 several different styles of rock formations, in order to build their own Inuksuk inspired standing sculpture. 

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 a solid standing sculpture of an Inuksuk.  
  • Examine a variety of different Inuksuit images, discuss the purpose of building these stone landmarks in harsh northern climates and examine some of the principles behind building solid standing structures. 

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, Animals, Seasons, Rocks and Minerals, Building Structures, Experimentation, Critical thinking, problem solving & 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. 

Virtual Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee 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 $65 for delivery in St. Albert and $95 for delivery in Edmonton (Please request a quote for all outlying areas)

Studio Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee of 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 Inuksuk

“Welcoming staff that understands how to communicate with young students. Good instructional pacing and demonstration.” – teacher from Ronald Harvey Elementary


Total Time

1.5 hours


Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

Curriculum Link

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


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