The Northern Clay Center out of Minneapolis came to Garden City Elementary on Nov. 16 to host a clay camp for all the school’s students and families/caregivers. The cafeteria was packed with amateur sculptors from the event’s start to finish, as all ages enjoyed the challenge of turning their ball of clay into their own masterpieces.
Garden City funded the family art event through a grant from the District 279 Foundation and grant money from Northern Clay to provide an experiential learning opportunity for its students. In addition to the evening family event, Northern Clay also visited each of the school’s classrooms three different times this fall to teach the kids about the medium of clay and facilitate a different clay project for each grade level.
“It was really sweet to see the kids enjoying this project,” third grade teacher Michelle Salomone said. “They had two days to sculpt it and one day to glaze it, and the natural artists just came out of the woodwork.”