“It covers my art curriculum and the students love it! The bird nests make an excellent Mother’s Day gift as well.” – Teacher from Dunluce Elementary

These pottery nests are complete with a mother bird on a branch and eggs in a nest. 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 are then shown step by step how to make 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!

Learning outcomes:

Students will:

  • explore land based learning concepts and discuss environmental impacts on birds and their nesting habitats

Teachers will:

  • learn basic clay hand building techniques and specific art methodologies that they can implement into their own classrooms.

Curriculum Links:

Shapes, animals, seasons, small crawling and flying animals

Suggested field trips to pair with:

Spring along the River at the Musée Héritage Museum

Preparation for Teachers

Please bring your confirmation letter and AHF locations map with you. Field trips start and end as indicated on your confirmation letter. If bussing is late, instructors may modify your field trip in order to finish on time. Field trips are booked 30 minutes apart to allow for clean up and preparation for the next class. Please be mindful of walking students through a public space and keep voices low while removing coats in the Visual Art hallway outside of the studios. Teachers will receive an email when clay projects are ready for pick up at the St. Albert Place Painting Studio approximately two weeks after the program takes place. Projects can be painted back in the classroom with acrylic paint.


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 registration@artsandheritage.ca

Information and Policies

Total Time

1.5 hours


Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2

Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, Clay Program, Science


Visual Arts Studios, St. Albert Place