Clay in the Classroom (Pottery Outreach)

Kindergarten to Grade 2 (Grade 3-6 coming Winter 2020)

Program Description: Dive into our curriculum based pottery workshop with our instructors in your classroom! Our program is dedicated to building confidence and a sense of accomplishment as students explore the world of pottery through slab building, coil building, and pinch pots. During their workshop, students will design, create, and paint their sculptures. Our instructor will glaze and fire pottery in the kiln in the Markham Museum Pottery Studio. Pottery will be ready for pick-up 2 to 3 weeks from program date at the museum or delivered to your school (at an additional fee of $25). Price includes all supplies and firings.

  • Length: 1.5-2 hours (varies based on grade), morning or afternoon (with an additional 30 minutes clean-up before and after)
  • Cost: $20 per participant
  • Minimum Number of Participants: 18
  • Maximum Number of Participants: 30

Note: Additional mileage fees will apply for schools outside of Markham

Adult Supervision – 1 free adult for every 8 children. All adults/leaders over this ratio will be charged at the participant fee for this program of $20.

Kindergarten Projects

Bugs on a Leaf

Learn about the different kinds of insects and how they coexist in an ecosystem! Student will explore how a single leaf can be a home to ants, ladybugs, spiders, and more.

Family Photo Frame

No two families look the same, so let’s celebrate our diversity! Students will make a photo frame and decorate it with all the things that make their family unique, from favourite hobbies to sports teams to food.

Family Name Plaque

Proudly celebrate your family’s heritage with a snazzy name plaque! Students will share what makes their family unique and create a plaque that represents their each member of their family.

Farm Animal Pinch Pots

Learn how each animal on the farm plays an important role and has a specific job to do.

Students will learn how to make a pinch pot, which is one of the earliest forms of pottery, and how to turn a simple cup into a barnyard friend!

Curriculum Connections (Kindergarten):

  • Belonging and Contributing
  • Self-Regulation and Well Being
  • Demonstrating Literary and Mathematics Behaviours
  • Personal and Social Development

Grade 1-2 Projects

Bugs on a Leaf

Learn about the different kinds of insects and how they coexist in an ecosystem! Student will explore how a single leaf can be a home to ants, ladybugs, spiders, and more.

Family Photo Frame

No two families look the same, so let’s celebrate our diversity! Students will make a photo frame and decorate it with all the things that make their family unique, from favourite hobbies to sports teams to food.

Family Name Plaque

Proudly celebrate your family’s heritage with a snazzy name plaque! Students will share what makes their family unique and create a plaque that represents their each member of their family.

Canadian Canoes

Travel back in time and see how voyageurs traversed across Canada’s waterways to trade. Students will use slab-building techniques to create their own personalized canoe.

Honey and Hives

Discover how honey is made and the essential role that bees play in our ecosystem. Using coil-building techniques, students will construct their own beehive in remembrance of nature’s busiest bee!

Curriculum Connections:

Social Studies Grades 1-2

  • Heritage and Identity, Gr. 1-2
  • People & the Environment, Gr. 1-2

Science Grades 1-6

  • Needs and Characteristics of Living Things, Gr. 1
  • Growth and Changes in Animals, Gr. 2

Mathematics Grades 1-6

  • Measurement, Gr. 1-2
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense, Gr. 1-2

Visual Arts Grades 1-2

  • Creating and Presenting
  • Reflecting, Responding & Analysing

Grade 3-6 Projects

Currently in development, launching Winter 2020. Please call Museum for more information.

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