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The Roots of My Family: Grade 4-6


Joe Fafard is a sculptor best known for creating objects, which pay homage to, and take inspiration from, his community, and farm life. He is equally well know for his intricate sculptures of individuals, be they artists, writers, theorists, politicians, strangers or friends. In this lesson students will develop an understanding of balance and symmetry and create an artwork, which investigates their family histories.


Students will, through the creation project, display an understanding of balance.


Students will create a two dimensional artwork that communicates a range of ideas for a specific purpose.


Students will, through the creation project, demonstrate awareness that artworks are influenced by social, historical and cultural contexts.

Cross Curriculum Links:

This lesson plan also explores the subject area of History.


2 40-minute periods, and home work