Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Clay Vessels

Category Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Grades 2-8 (half-day), 4-12 (full-day)

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

Our clay programmes provide an opportunity for your students to truly express themselves in a three dimensional art form. The day includes an engaging discussion of the properties and characteristics of clay, a visit to the Harbourfront Centre’s renowned ceramic studio, a demonstration of hand-building techniques and an opportunity for your students to create their own sculpture.

A vessel is more than a container; it reveals insights into the artist and their culture. Using various hand-building techniques, your students create their own clay vessels. Students also learn the rich history of clay vessels, from Greek Amphorae to contemporary craft, as seen in our incredible ceramic studio.

Note: The residents in the ceramic studio will fire students’ work for a charge of $3.50 per piece (including HST), if desired. This is a bisque fire ONLY, which strengthens the clay but will not make the piece watertight and/or usable. This is NOT a glazing fire.

Key Inquiry Question:  What does your clay vessel reveal about your culture and you as an artist?

Programme Objectives

By the end of any Clay programme, students will:

  • Use appropriate terminology related to ceramic arts
  • Assess historic and current examples of the chosen project
  • Demonstrate an ability to construct a clay beast, mask, portrait or vessel using hand building techniques

Please click here to download a comprehensive Education Resource Kit prepared by Harbourfront Centre School Visits educators.