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Practical Arts

​To realize our Vision we encourage students to strive to reach their potential. To do so, they must understand the relevance of what they learn in the classroom. Industrial Arts and Human Ecology programming provides settings for students to develop and practice skills for daily living, while integrating knowledge from other subject areas.

The Practical Arts program ensures that students graduate with the skills necessary in their personal lives, and the ability to pursue fulfilling careers. Allowing students to experience a combination of Human Ecology and Industrial Arts affords them substantial hands-on learning and valuable life-long skills.

Industrial Arts and Technology

Industrial Arts education teaches practical skills with a focus on design process, problem solving, technological literacy, safe work practices and teamwork. Students are required to use tools, materials, and technological processes to research, plan, build and test projects in specific disciplines. It also prepares students for real-life situations at home and at work.

Human Ecology

Human Ecology curricula includes Foods and Nutrition, Family Studies and Clothing and Textiles. This programming prepares students for independent living and focuses on improving quality of life. Students develop skills and perform tasks related to these concepts by designing, visualizing, planning, researching, experimenting and problem solving. The program increases awareness about potential careers in health and nutrition, fashion and design, culinary arts and early childhood education.


Grade 7 and 8 students will experience 1/4 year terms in the following areas:

  • Nutrition & Foods
  • Clothing & Textiles

and two of the following:

  • Graphic Communications
  • Manufacturing – metalwork
  • Manufacturing – woodwork
  • Introduction to Practical Engineering and Technology

All Practical Arts classes for Grades 7 & 8 students run for a half-day (157 minutes) once per six-day cycle – the same half day all school year.

Course Descriptions

Clothing and Textiles

This course give students the information they need to understand terminology and demonstrate safe and correct use of materials and equipment, and to relate the selection of clothing to one's personal image. They develop and display knowledge and skills of construction techniques through practical applications such as:

  • Hand Stitching
  • Machine Sewing
  • Serging and Computerized embroidery design
  • Project completion – basic to advanced
  • Pattern layout and instruction sheets
  • Seam treatments and finishes
  • Choosing fabric and notions

The care of textile products is explored and explained to assist them in making informed consumer choices by understanding the following:

  • Care labelling
  • Laundry – Do's and Don'ts
  • Mending
  • Quality Construction

Nutrition and Foods

Students will learn the basic nutrition facts and gain an understanding of the relationship between nutrition and the needs of an individual. The effects of ingredients in food products and how they can be used in recipes is discussed. Some topics covered in these classes include:

  • Reading recipes and product labels
  • Healthy breakfasts, lunch and snacks
  • Measuring procedures
  • Kitchen tools, equipment and terminology
  • Eating well with Canada's Food Guide
  • Nutrients, functions and sources
  • Food groups
  • Microwave cooking
  • Energy balance and healthy bodies
  • Meal planning and consumerism
  • Safety and hygiene
  • Kitchen and time management

Graphic Communications

This course provides students with various experiences with Graphic processes including:

  • Drafting and layout of a portfolio project
  • Graphic design
  • Using computer as a design and production tool
  • Screen printing
  • Photography
  • Computer manipulations

Students will manage and communicate ideas and develop design skills and responsible and effective work habits independently and as team members. Related careers will be described and identified.

Manufacturing Technology (Metalwork and Woodwork)

Students are exposed to the tools, materials and processes of manufacturing through hands-on experience covering topics such as:

  • Types and structures of materials
  • Shop safety and management
  • Tools and processes
  • Measuring, plan reading
  • Preparation of materials
  • Fabricating and finishing of materials.

Through project work students apply their newly acquired knowledge, communicate technical information and develop problem solving, process and production skills. Safety and responsibility to others and the environment and related careers are practiced and discussed.

Introduction to Practical Engineering and Technology

Students develop problem solving skills by working individually and in teams to solve practical engineering problems. They will design, build and test solutions they have planned and constructed.

Students will develop knowledge of the correct use of tools and develop individual talents and aptitudes. They will learn to manage time, develop safe work habits and practice technical, process and production skills that variously incorporate: planning, marketing, designing, fabricating and evaluating. They will manipulate tools, materials and processes in disciplines of technology.

Transportation Policy

The Grade 7 & 8 Practical Arts course includes instruction in Foods and Nutrition, Textile Arts, Graphic Communications and Manufacturing. Each of these courses requires the use of specialized instructional space and equipment that is not available in all schools in the Division that house Grades 7 and 8 students. Having specific Practical Arts facilities in centrally located schools allows students to access specialized instructional spaces and equipment.

Students attending Practical Arts classes throughout the Louis Riel School Division are responsible for their own transportation to the facility school, as the School Board does not receive funding for this purpose.

To prepare students for travel to Practical Arts classes, teachers and administrators meet with all students to review student transportation arrangements. They review Winnipeg Transit schedules, discuss travel times and review "what-to-do" when encountering unexpected situations and delays.

Students are scheduled in Practical Arts classes within walking distance or a reasonable transit bus ride.


Reporting Absences: Student absences will be reported to the home school either directly by the Practical Arts teacher or by the facility school clerical staff.

Medical Information

Our teachers must know about any information pertinent to a student's health and safety while he/she is in a Practical Arts facility school. The Practical Arts office shares critical medical information retrieved from the divisional student software files, and from information provided on the reverse side of our registration forms, with our staff.

Of particular concern: Epipen use and severe conditions which may be aggravated in some Practical Arts environments such as chronic asthma and allergies to food or other serious medical conditions such as epilepsy.


Each school in LRSD schedules four school-based in-service days. Differing schedules between schools can cause confusion for students who travel to a facility school for Practical Arts on those days.

Facility School In-service: To allow Practical Arts staff to attend their home-school in-services, we must cancel scheduled classes. Home schools are advised in advance of cancellations and they are to inform the students and their parents. Students do not attend classes for that half-day.

Home School In-service: If non-facility schools schedule in-services when their students have Practical Arts, the Division expects that students will attend Practical Arts.

For more information about Industrial Arts and Human Ecology curricula visit the Government of Manitoba website.

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