“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








Using a variety of hand-building techniques, students create a clay plaque depicting life under the ocean’s waves. Seas and oceans have such an abundance of amazing plants and animals to discover. What kinds of creatures can you think of? Dolphins and turtles and fish, oh my! Students discuss different types of sea life and examine photos before they are shown how to create an underwater scene with clay. Step by step, they learn how to roll coils and balls into a variety of shapes to complete their underwater scene and make it come to life!

Learning outcomes:

Students will:

  • Be introduced to clay and the many different hand building techniques that will enable them to create an unique and impressive under water scene based on past and newly acquired knowledge of animals and plants that live in our seas and oceans.

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 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 trips in order to finish on time. Field trips are booked 30 minutes apart to allow for cleanup 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 field trip takes place. Projects can be painted back in the classroom with acrylic paint.

Virtual Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee based on 16 students)
  • Includes Art Kit (Air-dry clay, clay tools and water buckets; please inform registration if you would prefer H435 bisque fired clay)
    • free pickup at Art Gallery of St. Albert or
    • Added fee of $65 for delivery in St. Albert and $95 for delivery in Edmonton (Please request a quote for all outlying areas)

Studio Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee of based on 16 students)


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



Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, Clay Program, Science, Virtual field trip


Virtual field trip, Visual Arts Studios, St. Albert Place