Resources for Educators

AFA Art House

Looking for some help finding visual art from Alberta’s rich artistic history? Explore the AFA Art House for a full searchable portal into the AFA Art Collection (need help searching? Try this search guide!)

And if you’re looking for some ideas about lesson plans, look at some of our sample lesson plans below:

Division 1                                                                              

  • A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words, Grades 1-3, Language Arts
    • By using the “Five Sense” method when approaching the artwork t create a better understanding and to express themselves more fully. They will write poetry to help creatively express their ideas.                  
  • Our Land Our Story, Grades 2 & 4, Social Studies
    • Students will examine artwork about the prairies and ask questions that relate back to the grades 2 & 4 social studies curriculum.                  

Division 2 

  • Creating Emphasis, Grade 4, Language Arts
    •  By using collage techniques students will learn how to create emphasis and to better understand the composition of artworks. They will do a self-assessment after.                                                                       
  • Painting a Prairie Landscape, Grades 5-6, Language Arts
    • Students will examine natural forms and space in a landscape in order to create their own prairie landscape. 
  • Fantasy Landscapes, Grades 5-6, Language Arts
    • By examining artworks by Margaret Shelton the students will create their own fantasy landscape with the techniques learned. They will do a self-assessment after.
  • Do You See What I See?, Grades 4-6, Language Arts   
    • By teaching students the difference between “critical viewing” and “looking at” an artwork they will better be able to understand how to approach visual art as well as be able to apply this to everyday situations and surroundings.
  • Did You Ever See a Tree Snoop?, Grade 3-4, Science/Language Arts
    • Students will create a 3D mixed media sculpture based on their interpretation of what a Tree Snoop is. Students will expand on their ability to depict and express an idea.

Division 3                                                                          

  • Alex Janvier, Grade 7, Art
    •  Students will apply visual, analytical, and critical skills for art making and they will better understand the reflection of art onto culture.
  • Colour Theory, Grade 7, Art
    • After looking at color effects and emotion in art the students will create 2-4 separate art pieces. They will discover how color affects the way we look at art.

Division 4                                                                     

  • Realism to Abstraction, Grade 10, Art
    • Students will understand the term Abstract Art, identify Abstract Art paintings, and create an Abstract drawing from a still life.
  • Watercolour Techniques, Grade 10, Art
    • Students will learn basic watercolor techniques and create a painting from a still life. Students will expand their knowledge of the elements and principles of design, use art criticism vocabulary, and combine description, expression, and cognition in the process.

Artists and Education Grant

Interested in an artist-in-residence at your school? Teachers and administrators can apply to theArtists and Education Project Grant streamfor grants to assist in having artist-in-residence programs at their school.

To learn more about applying for the Artists and Education Project Grant, please read the guidelines or contact the AFA for more information.


Do you have talented artists in your classroom moving into a post-secondary program? Perhaps they’d be interested in applying for one of the arts scholarships offered by the AFA or Alberta Culture & Tourism?