Using coils and pressed shapes on a long slab of clay, students show the stages of development from caterpillar, to cocoon, to butterfly. How might we best describe metamorphosis? By creating a beautiful piece of art showing all of the stages, that’s how! Students examine an actual butterfly and view photographs of a variety of species, including their metamorphosis, before being led step by step through the process of how to build all these different stages into one long rectangular slab of clay. Students will cut, roll coils and create all of the different shapes required to complete this perfect addition to any garden.
- Explore land based learning concepts and discuss environmental impacts on butterfly habitats
- Learn the metamorphosis stages of common butterfly species in Alberta and why colour, symmetry and pattern are important for their survival
- Learn basic clay hand building techniques and specific art methodologies that they can implement into their own classrooms.
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.
We are a non-profit organization and field trip fees help cover the cost of instruction, supplies and equipment.
- Minimum class fee is based on 16 students
- $8.25 per student with a minimum class fee of $132.00
You will be charged for the number of students indicated at the time of booking unless you call one day prior to indicate a number change.
Apply for funding through the Beryl Madden Field Trip Fund.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org