Seasonal + Holidays

Grade(s): Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1, 2, and 3

Location: Visual Art Studios at St. Albert Place (Art Gallery of St. Albert)

Program Delivery: In Studio, In School, and Virtual

Angel Wall Plaque: A charming angel will help us to spread the message of love. Students will get to add their own creative details. It’s the most popular workshop of the year!

Easter Cross: Students look at a number of different crosses designed around the world before creating their own special cross design on a slab of clay. They may also choose to add Easter Lilies, or drapery to represent Jesus and his ascension into heaven. 

Manger + Star: This nativity plaque depicts Baby Jesus in a manger of straw. A guiding star shines down on the manger scene. (Seasonal class, running through winter months until early December). 

O' Christmas Tree: Working with a slab of clay, students create a festive Christmas tree. Branches are textured and decorated with ornaments. (Seasonal class, running through winter months until early December).

Snowman: Working with a slab of clay, students learn several different hand building techniques to create their own unique snowman. (Seasonal class, running through winter months until early December).

Glowing Pumpkin: This project is perfect for educators' first fall field trip! Students learn to roll, cut and join two pieces of clay into an expressive standing pumpkin that flickers to life when a battery powered tea light is placed behind it. (Available until mid October). 

Father's Day Trophy: This is the perfect clay project for Father’s Day! Students learn to cut a slab of clay into a trophy shape, roll coils for decorative handles and use different clay tools to decorate it especially for dad. (Available until June 2nd).

     

    *Note: All in school and virtual clay programs use air dry clay which is much less durable than clay that is bisque fired at our visual art studios. We cannot transport clay from in-school programs to the visual art studios for firing, but if your school has a kiln and a technician, we can supply suitable clay for firing at your school. 

    Click here for information on in school techniques for finishing air dry clay.

     

    Curriculum

    • Art: refining forms, creative process, expression and celebration, fine and gross motor skill development
    • Religion
    • Science: shapes, experimentation, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
    • Social: being together, belonging and connecting 

     

    Student Outcomes

    • Learn what clay is, where it comes from; how to use clay and clay tools safely in a professional studio 
    • Experiment with drawing, impressing, rolling and coiling clay
    • Students connect with world cultures and experience diversity

     

    Suggested Pairings 

    Exploring Art – Art Gallery of St. Albert   

    I Belong – Musée Héritage Museum

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        Teacher Feedback

        My students loved the field trip. There is a good mix of teaching about the history and hands-on activities.

        Holy Cross SchoolGr 2, “My School – Past and Present” at Little White School and “Work and Play” at St. Albert Grain Elevators

        Perfect project to complement our learning in Science.

        Wild Rose SchoolGr 3, “Metamorphosis” clay program - Art Gallery of St. Albert, St Albert Place Studios

        The presentation was engaging and informative. It fit in wonderfully with our kindergarten curriculum and was a positive and meaningful experience for my students.

        Windsor Park SchoolKinder, “I Belong” in-school Museum program

        These were valuable and engaging programs for the students. They enjoyed learning a new skill and at the river lots they were encouraged to think critically and reflect carefully.

        Leo Nickerson SchoolGr 5, “Learning from the Land” at the River Lots

        My students loved it and couldn't wait to go home and show their creations!

        Ecole HillgroveGr 5, “Needle Felted Owl” – Art Gallery of St. Albert, St Albert Place Studios

        This program was fantastic. The students loved the opportunity to be in council chambers.

        Albert Lacombe SchoolGr 6, “History of Local Government” Museum program

        I have done clay projects with you for as long as I can remember. Once again, everything was AMAZING! We have a new grade partner this year who had never been, and she absolutely loved it! The instructors are always excellent, They explain and guide the students in manageable chunks to make it easy for the kids to follow along. I love that you allow extra parents to come and assist. I especially like that the projects are always connected to the curriculum! Thanks again.

        Bishop David MotiukGr 3, “Nunavut Kayaks” Clay Program

        The Peru and Indigenous Peoples of Canada program perfectly connected Gr 3 Social Studies content with some Gr 4 Social Studies content. We had lots to talk about after.

        Lynnwood SchoolGr 3/4, “Peru and the Aboriginal People of Canada” Museum program

        The instructor was amazing. She engaged the students in the Métis culture. The activity was hands on and informative.

        St. Edmund SchoolGr 4 “Metis Contemporary Beading” Gallery Indigenous In-School Program

        Amazing program with a knowledgeable instructor who engaged my students and me too! Thanks so much for offering this field trip.

        Connections for LearningGr 3 “Tipi As Home” – Museum Program