COVID policy for school classes

  • Working on CLAYTIVITY project
  • Students proudly holding their projects
  • Working on a project

The purpose of this policy is to help CLAYTIVITY to work safely in schools and other community organizations.

The instructor, Rosemary, will

  • wear a mask, sanitize her hands and sign in at the office on entering the school
  • cancel or reschedule if she is unwell or has been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19
  • sanitize her hands on entry and exit to the classroom and whenever necessary
  • practice social distancing, 6 ft. as far as possible, and or wear a nose and mouth covering
  • use a ‘hands off’ approach as much as possible, however, some students may need a little help with their projects
  • provide quarantined clay, tooth picks and fabric place mats for each class
  • wear a face covering when setting up, and handing out clay, or ask for help from a designated helper

The school will be asked to

  • provide small water containers and a very small amount of water for students to use while working on their projects.

The pottery wheel

for instructor’s demonstration only.

CLAYTIVITY in schools

February/March special offer for schools in Squamish

$150/class of 30 students or less + $5 for each additional student

This year we offer a wide choice of projects to including projects from last year and more.

CLAYTIVITY gives students a unique 3-dimensional art experience in sculpting and shaping techniques. In one 60-90 minute class, students make a complete project with step by step instruction and demonstration. They also learn about the properties and uses of clay. Classes include a throwing demonstration on a potter’s wheel.

After the class, the projects are taken, dried in the CLAYTIVITY studio, fired in our kiln and returned to the school within 3 weeks.

See list of projects

Painting Projects

Painting project

After bisque firing CLAYTIVITY projects are creamy-white ceramic and ready for painting.

  • hand print project
  • rock pool candle holder
  • insects on a leaf
  • Painting project
  • Squamish Estuary and Wetlands
  • Tap into your imagination!

You will need

  • Newspaper. Cover surfaces for easy cleanup.
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes – provide a variety from fine to wide tipped
  • Paint palette or plastic lid
  • Water pot
  • Gold, glitter, marker pens, tooth picks or round ended pin heads to embelish after painting all surfaces.

Painting

Allow plenty of time or plan to complete in two or three shorter sessions. Complete the base or background one session paint other areas later.

Often new ideas form or change but plan before you begin. Think about how you will paint different areas: which colours; which area first. Markings or lines you made on the project will help.

Acrylic, gold, glitter, paints. For best results and a shiny surface, use acrylic paint. Paint all areas first then add detail: glitter and metallic paints for special effects, a toothpick, fine brush or round pin head for gold trimmings, necklaces, earrings.

If the paint gets a little too globby, wet the paintbrush in the water pot to make it thinner and easier to spread. Wipe excess paint or water off the brush on newspaper or the side of the palette.

If you make a mistake, allow the paint to dry then paint over.

Paint brushes etc

Provide a selection of paint brushes, fine to wide. You can use marker pend to add lines, dots and other details after the paint has dried. Toothpicks and round pin heads are also great for adding dots, eg buttons, patterns, texture, pupils of eyes. Join the dots to form lines.

Water Pots and palettes

Give each student a palette and a little water for adjusting the thickness of the paint and cleaning paint brushes. Large yogurt pot lids make excellent inexpensive palettes, and can be used over and over again. Simply wash or peel off the paint after it has dried.

Techniques

Palettes

Squeeze a small amount of two to three colours onto a palette or just one or two colours at a time. Let the artist choose! Two or three colours can be mixed to make any number of new variations. For example, try mixing blue and yellow, or green with yellow and blue to make different greens, or any colour with tiny amounts of black or white to make different shades.

Paint brushes

 Show students how to use a paintbrush just the right size for each area, clean their brushes after each colour application and remove excess water by wiping on newspaper. For best results, encourage everyone to empty and refill water pots frequently.

Painting

Paint the largest area first, often this is the base or background and smallest areas last, finishing with fine detail once all areas are covered and. Allow the paint to completely dry before changing colours and wash the paint brush well in clean water.

Encourage students to paint every bit of their project using a fine brush to get into tiny nooks and crannies. Pay attention to detail!

Have fun painting your projects!

Setting up for a CLAYTIVITY class

Here is what you need to set up. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it looks!

before

  • Add value to the students’ experience with stories, background information or work related to the project.
  • Ask students to come in clothes that don’t mind getting a little clay on them!
  • Forewarn the janitorial staff – the floor may need a little extra attention afterwards!

students

  • Please provide name badges or label for each student.
  • Water to ‘glue’ components of clay together.

Instructor will provide clay, tooth picks, small water containers and mats for students’ use

instructor’s space

  • The instructor will need a sturdy table where the students can watch and follow instructions, with access to an electrical outlet, for short throwing demonstration on a portable wheel.

Instructor will cover this work area with a drop cloth.

a clean-up plan!!!

  • Place finished projects in trays provided by instructor,
  • Return toothpicks, water containers, unused clay to the instructor’s table
  • Please rinse working mats rinsed and place in one pile by sink.
  • Wipe down tables/work areas and wash hands thoroughly. Avoid throwing muddy clay/water down the drain! Use A bucket of water!
  • Consider assigning a mop and sweep up task.