Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Clay Building Beasts

Category Visual Arts & Contemporary Craft

Grades K-8 (Half Day), 4-12 (Full Day)

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

Welcome to the exciting world of sculptural beasts! Your students learn about gargoyles, chimeras, sphinx, and grotesques from a variety of cultures and create a ceramic sculpture inspired by the building beasts of history.

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 mythical building beasts from around the world influence the creation of your clay sculpture?

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 beast using hand building techniques

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