Pinch-Pot Animal Bowls
January 07, 2019

Pinch-Pot Animal Bowls

Teachers at all levels introducing clay to their classrooms often struggle to find an exciting introductory project to build construction skills and confidence with the medium. The pinch pot is always a good place to start. Students learn to feel the clay and determine what it will and will not do. They also learn that […]

Illustrating Social Media
August 07, 2018

Illustrating Social Media

We art teachers always strive to assign projects to enhance the visual experience and to direct students how to effectively use the elements and principles of design. While the lessons of the past and the works of the masters are certainly worthy of debate and discussion, the best way to have young adults invest in […]

Sesquicentennial Ceramic Summatives, eh?
January 03, 2018

Sesquicentennial Ceramic Summatives, eh?

To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, we asked students to think about Canadian citizens who have made a difference, and to create a unique clay figure where their likeness and achievements could be creatively linked in a sculpture. There certainly is no shortage of Canadians that have made significant contributions, and the class had no trouble arriving […]

Face2Face in Ottawa
November 08, 2017

Face2Face in Ottawa

One of the most important mandates that secondary schools in Canada have is to ensure that young adults understand their role in the community. When Ottawa Education Programs Officer, Olga Zeale, contacted our art department about a special project to highlight Canadian Archives Awareness Week, I knew our students would enthusiastically embrace the task, which […]