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

Explore the history of ceramic art across cultures! Our hands-on, inquiry based clay programmes will allow your students to gain an in-depth understanding of the properties of clay, use hand building techniques and allow for individual expression in the creation of a sculptural piece.

A vessel is more than a container; it reveals insights into the artist and their culture. Students learn the rich history of clay vessels, from Greek Amphorae to contemporary craft, and create their own vessel.

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 will 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 contemporary 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.