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Patches of raw brown clay dripping down a light grey wall
Grade 5 - 12


Please note that this program is best suited for older students (Grades 5 – 12). Topics covered in the exhibition include the body, violence, sexuality, and transformation.

Raw clay can be sticky, dusty, elastic, watery, or powdery. It has the ability to transform and evolve, like the human body. Most importantly, it reaffirms our essential connection to the earth. In this age of digital technology, raw clay plays a critical role in resisting our withdrawal into the virtual world. Your class is invited to discover new possibilities in an ancient material.

Until June 7, students can experience the special exhibition RAW, which features four new installations by leading contemporary artists working with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. Unlike more traditional art installations, the works are all in flux and will grow and change throughout the duration of the exhibition.

The studio component features four mini experiments, or projects, using raw, unfired clay. Student will explore concepts of transformation, relationship to the body, connection, and memory. They’ll work individually and in small groups to create a group project that they can take back to the classroom. Please bring a large box or container in which to take the group clay project back with you at the end of the studio session.

  • Links: Grades 5 – 12, The Arts, Social Studies, Canadian History, English, Science and Technology

Students will participate in a 30-minute tour followed by 1.5 hour clay workshop in our studios. Please note that this is a half-day program and therefore does not include a space for lunch.

Program Details

$15*Full-Day Program
$9*Half-Day Program
$7Guided Tour
Free**Unguided Tour

* Optional $3 kiln firing fee. Firing takes 10 to 14 business days. Please add a $5 processing fee per group.

** Registration required, please fill out the form by clicking “Book a Visit” button below.

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1. Magdolene Dykstra, Polyanthroponemia, 2020, Unfired clay and mixed media

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. Shaman’s Head (II), 2006, Gift of the Museum of Inuit Art G16.13.8