Have you ever looked at a bird’s nest up close? In this clay class, students examine a real bird’s nest and discuss what type of bird made it, what materials were used and where it was found.
Students examine photographs of a variety of Alberta birdspecies before being led step by step through the process of how to build
a pinch pot nest, a large coil branch and a cute little bird to sit upon it. Last but not least, they roll three or four little eggs to place in the nest!
- Learn what clay is and where it comes from; why it is bisque fired in a kiln; how to use clay and clay tools safely in a professional studio environment.
- Explore land based learning concepts and discuss environmental impacts onbirds and their habitats.
- Discuss common bird species in Alberta,such as, American Robin, House Sparrow, and House Wren.
- Experiment with drawing, impressing, rolling, and coiling clay in order to create a realistic rendering of a small song bird, bird nest and eggs.
- Art: refining forms, creative process, expression and celebration, fine and gross motor skill development
- Social: Belonging and Connecting, My world, home, school, community
- Science:Shapes, Colours, Animals, Seasons, Experimentation, Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making
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Visual Art Studio Field Trips:
The Art Gallery of St. Albert runs clay and multimedia art fieldtrips in the Visual Art Studios at St. Albert Place, located at 5 St. Anne Street. Parent volunteers are required for our programs to be a successful experience for all, so please provide them with correct address information on your fieldtrip forms.
St. Albert Place is a public building so it is important to keep voices down when entering the front doors and walking past the elevators to the end of the hall with your class. There are coat hangers available for three different classes under the windows outside of the studios. Please keep your students grouped together and knock on your assigned studio door when you are ready to enter. Instructors will meet you in the hallway to confirm student numbers and inform students and adults of important studio rules before entering.
Kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780 459 1163 for more information regarding booking a Visual Art Studio field trip.
We are a non-profit organization and field trip fees help cover the cost of instruction, supplies and equipment.
- Minimum class fee is based on 16 students
- $8.75 per student with a minimum class fee of $140
You will be charged for the number of students indicated at the time of booking unless you call one day prior to indicate a number change.
We’ll send an invoice to your school within one month—please don’t bring your payment to the workshop.
Please make cheques payable to Arts and Heritage St. Albert. Include invoice numbers and mail to:
Arts and Heritage St. Albert
Suite #200, 20 Perron Street
St. Albert, AB T8N 1E4
For account inquiries, contact us at 780-459-1163 or email@example.com