Clay Program

Welcome to our volunteer run clay program! We encourage every student to create at least two projects throughout the school year. Our clay curriculum teaches students about several hands on building techniques including: rolling slabs, coiling, pinch pots, attaching clay, adding textures and using tools.

All volunteers are welcome to help every student create a project and assist in setting up and cleaning materials in the clay room. Ideally 3 classroom volunteers are needed for every class. Suggested responsibilities, videos, step by step instructions and the clay class calendar are available below.

Forming class: All volunteers are encouraged to watch the project video on YouTube to see how to assist students and set
and clean up the room.

  • Volunteer 1: Welcome students, show samples, remind students glazing rules of not mixing glazes, not painting the back or bottom of their projects and paint 2 layers of glaze. Help setup and clean up clay room and assist students.
  • Volunteer 2: Pass out projects or set out projects on tables. Check all names and make sure students are glazing correct projects. Help any students who were absent from forming class create their project and properly label makeup project with name & date created.
  • Volunteer 3: Set up tables with plastic tablecloth, newspaper, glazes and paint brushes. Refill glazes and wipe off all jars so lids will be clean and fit back on jar properly.

Glazing class: Occasionally glazes will settle and separate in the jars requiring glazes to be stirred with a fork prior to using. When students have finished glazing projects, all volunteers need to wipe off excess glaze from the backside or bottom of projects with a slightly damp sponge. 

  • Volunteer 1: Welcome students, show samples, remind students glazing rules of now mixing glazes, not painting the back or bottom of their and paint 2 layers of glaze. Help set up and clean up clay room and assist students.
  • Volunteer 2: Pass our projects or set our projects on tables. Check all names and make sure students are glazing correct projects. Help any students who were absent from forming class create their project and properly label makeup project with name & date created. 
  • Volunteer 3: Set up tables with plastic table cloth, newspaper, glazes and paintbrushes. Refill glazes and wipe off all jars so lids will be clean and fit back on jars properly. 

Clay Class Fall Schedule

Please contact clayprogram@vanmeterhsc.org if you have any questions.

Fall Clay Projects

Kindergarten: Picture Frame

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1st grade: Leaf & Snail

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2nd grade: Self Portrait

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3rd grade: Textured Pocket

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4th grade: Coil Candle

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5th grade: Mask

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Winter Clay Projects

Kindergarten: Pinch Pot

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1st grade: Textured Fish

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2nd grade: Pinch Pot Animal

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3rd grade: Slab Canvas

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4th grade: 3 Dimensional Self Portrait

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5th grade: Container with Lid

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