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Grade 6 - 8, High School Visual Arts

Contemporary Ceramics

What does ceramic art look like today?  Bring your students to the Gardiner Musuem and visit our Contemporary gallery to discover the work of different contemporary artists.  Learn about the ideas, techniques and cultural influences behind the contemporary ceramic works on display. Tradition, hybridity and appropriation will be discussed in relation to the pieces.

  • Links: Visual arts, art history
  • Studio project: Sculptural vessel

Students will get a tour of the exhibition followed by a hands-on clay workshop

Students will get an opportunity to sketch and explore the gallery in depth with guided observatio exercies, audio-visual material and discussion. In the afternoon students will partake in a hands-on clay class.


Program Details

$15*Full-Day Program
$9*Half-Day Program
$6Guided Tour
Free **Unguided Tour

Book a Visit

1. Victor Cicansky (Canadian, b.1935)
Armchair Garden #1, 1984
Glazed earthenware
Gift of Aaron Milrad in Memory of Bella and Joseph Milrad, G99.6.6

2. Seated Drummer, Tala-Tonalá style
Mexico, Jalisco
300 B.C. - A.D. 200
Earthenware with white on red slip paint
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.56

3. Carl Beam (Canadian, 1943-2005)
The Whale of Our Being, c.2003
Earthenware with iron oxide decoration
Museum Purchase, G03.9.1