Clay for Kids
Few art mediums kindle growth and skills in children in the way that clay does. It is the invaluable experience of working with clay for sensory development, motor skills, self esteem, self expression, problem solving skills, discipline, and pride.
Clay for Kids has been teaching children in Alberta schools how to work with clay since 1981. We offer Professional Development in-service classes, Artist in Residence programs, fundraising opportunities, and clay workshops with the most current curriculum projects available.
New in 2017 Fused Glass
Artist in Residence Program
Our Artist in Residence is geared towards going into a school for a week and delivering a Power Point presentation on the projects chosen, giving every student an opportunity to make a small bowl on the pottery wheel and hand building and slip glazing a clay project. All wheel bowls are painted while spinning around with “slip glaze.” The bowls and projects are dried and fired, dipped in clear glaze and re fired to a hard shiny food safe finish.
Jolene was wonderful with the kids and they had a lot of fun. One student said that it was the best day of her life! The turn-around time to get the projects back was very quick. Thank you!Nikki Wakulchyk
Clay for Kids has facilitated the design and production of 36 Clay Tile Murals for schools across Alberta, highlighting important events, people or concepts within each school.
We offer in-home birthday parties and programs for Guides, Brownies and Sparks and Cubs, and Beavers.
All the clay work that has been created is dried, fired and return within 21 days.
Our instructors are trained professionals, all have police security clearances and are ready to deliver the best class or party ever.
Want your kids to be smarter? Let them Play with Clay
A recent study concludes that dirt contains microbes that help your kids become smarter and has natural anti-anxiety properties. In May 2010, a local newspaper published an article* about research into clay by Dr. Dorothy Matthews. Dr. Matthews discovered that mucking about in good old Mother Earth calms and helps children focus when completing tasks due to the presence of vaccue bacterium in the clay. This bacterium produces serotonin in the brain stem by activating neurons and the serotonin that helps children to learn. The researchers noted that “we’ve become so urbanized that we risk losing a connection with an organism in nature that may actually be beneficial to humans.”
For over 30 years, Clay for Kids has seen how working with clay can produce a “magical” experience for kids of all ages. Clay is an organic composition of mineral and water that can calm the most active child. Children enjoy the tactile feel and mental stimulation and creativity that is provided by clay. Also, teachers utilize our school program to solidify curriculum concepts and help students to focus on their studies.
*Calgary Herald, May 25th, 2010 “Want your kids to get smarter? Let ‘em play in the dirt” written by Sharon Kirkey, section A.
Tamara was so engaging and great with our grade twos. She gave clear and concise instructions and was so positive and fun. The students and my parent volunteers had a great experience. Thank you so much!
Susan Grant – Suzuki Charter School Grade 2 Teacher
Just wanted to send off a quick note to tell you how much we loved our Clay workshops this summer! The kids loved working with the clay, creating their animal pots and Jenn, our workshop facilitator was amazing!! Thank you so much for this valuable experience!! We appreciate this amazing program and we are looking forward to booking next summer!
Mandy – Elmwood Before and After School Care/Rundle Heights Out of School Care
Jolene did a fabulous job of presenting the steps of the snowman project in simple words and manageable steps. Perfect for my 4 year old children to follow and understand what to do. Thank you!
Daryl Szelewicki – 100 Voices at St. Catherine School
We absolutely LOVED our clay 4 kids project. Jolene was patient, thorough and knowledgeable. One of the best guest presenters/instructors I’ve had in my classroom by far!
Erin Chessor – Graminia School
This instruction was incredible. She (Valerie) had an amazing delivery of the instructions. My class had a blast and she made it extremely pleasant. I would ask for her next time!
Krystal Coueslan – St. Teresa School
Thank you to Lori (our instructor) and Clay for Kids for their awesome workshop. The Christmas wreaths turned out really, really nice! We had lots of compliments on our project and other teachers in the school interested. Thanks again! Very satisfied customers!
Lisa W. and the Aldergrove Kindergarten Class
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! The way that (Jolene) guided the students to create individualized projects was amazing! Your instructions were clear, sequenced and child friendly! They were so proud of their accomplishment!
Tomi B at A Blair McPherson
I just wanted to let you know that all the kids and adults really enjoyed Trishna’s birthday party. We have done our parties with a variety of events and locations but this was one of the best!
Jublee Dhinsa, March 2013
Poonam was very enthusiastic and helpful with our students. We enjoyed the activity and the students were very excited about their artwork. We look forward to booking with you again.
Lena Brown, Velma E Baker School
…just a quick note to say that Tina was amazing – the kids (and there were a lot) loved her – she was very patient and explained the process wonderfully – thank you for making it a birthday to remember.
I just wanted to express my complete satisfaction with the Clay for Kids party that Tina delivered for Kate yesterday. Kate was so pleased! The girls all had a great time and the parents were really impressed. You have an excellent service and I would recommend you to anyone. Thanks for turning a last minute party challenge into a wonderful success!!
Nancy W, June 2012
I just wanted to say what a wonderful program you run! …I will definitely be rebooking with you! I also want to make sure that (Tina) is told what a great job she did! I was very busy that day and I did not get a chance to thank her! She was fabulous, so if you could please thank her from me – that would be much appreciated! Take care and we will see you again next year!
Lisa M, St. Charles School
Jolene was wonderful with the kids and they had a lot of fun. One student said that it was the best day of her life! The turn-around time to get the projects back was very quick. Thank you!
Nikki Wakulchyk, Iron River School
Alanna was an excellent instructor who clearly had patience and experience in working with children. I would love to have her back in my classroom for future projects. The kids and I are excited to see the final product.
Ina Knezevic, Princeton School
I just wanted to let you know that we had an excellent party! My daughter and her friends had a great time and Lori was an excellent instructor! Thanks so much!