Teachers Lesson Plans

Joe Fafard

This lesson plan provides an introduction to the sculptures of Canadian artist Joe Fafard.



Joe Fafard


The artworks featured in this lesson plan are in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. They mark two distinct periods in Fafard's career: earthenware and bronze sculpture.


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 known for his intricate sculptures of individuals, be they artists, writers, theorists, politicians, strangers or friends. This lesson plan encourages students to recognize art as a tool for communication.