Like many of you, we have been closely following the developments of COVID-19. The safety of our visitors, campers, staff, and volunteers is our top priority. Upon the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, the Gardiner Museum will close temporarily effective Saturday March 14, 2020.
We will continue to take guidance from our public health officials regarding the duration of the closure and will post updates to our website and social media channels as they become available. We are grateful for your support and thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to navigate this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gardiner soon.
The starting dates of our Spring Clay Classes will be delayed. Rest assured that no cancellation penalties will go into effect before the revised dates have been announced. We are working to develop a new schedule as quickly as possible and appreciate your understanding.
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
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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.
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.
* Optional $3 kiln firing fee. Firing takes 10 to 14 business days. Please add a $5 processing fee per group.
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1. Magdolene Dykstra, Polyanthroponemia, 2020, Unfired clay and mixed media
2. Seated Drummer, Tala-Tonalá style
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
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