Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Clay Portraits

Category Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Grades 4-12 (Full Day)

Curriculum Connections Canadian and World Studies, Geography, History, Native Studies, Social Studies, Visual Arts, French

Students will explore the rich history of clay busts/portraits as a starting point for both monumental works and contemporary craft. Drawing on both historic examples and personal experience, students will create their own expressive clay portrait.

Explore the history of ceramic art across cultures! Students will visit the Craft and Design Studio to see contemporary ceramic artists at work. Our hands-on, inquiry based clay programs will allow your students to gain an in-depth understanding of the properties of clay, use hand building techniques and encourage individual expression in the creation of a sculptural piece.

Key Inquiry Question:  How can you portray an aspect of the human condition in your clay portrait?

Program Objectives

By the end of any clay program, students will:

  • Use appropriate terminology related to ceramic arts
  • Assess historic and contemporary examples of the chosen project
  • Demonstrate an ability to construct a clay portrait using hand building techniques

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