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Clay Department

Join us in our newly renovated studio. High ceilings, improved lighting and ventilation, more room to create in!

Option 1: Ceramics

Department head: Camilla Clarizio

• uses clay as a medium to arrive at a finished fired product in clay, includes glazing.
• studio is fully equipped: 4 kilns, 1 extruder, 1 slab roller, one wheel per student, and many tools.
• courses include 1 bag of clay and firings.


The Head…
Claudine Ascher
In this workshop you will study the head in clay to arrive at a basic understanding of the structures and forms of this complex body part. This is the first of series focusing on the structural analysis of the human body.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Friday
February 9 (1 session, 5 hours)
(YM $49) $59 CRW4701


On the potter’s wheel, all revolves around the centre. From the centre, our understanding progresses outwards. By exploring movement, and gaining a respect for the material, all shapes are possible. Your exploration will be informed by the technique the clay asks for, and the state of mind it demands. Assembling and decorating will also be covered.

Renée Gagnon
7:00 - 10:00 pm, Mondays
January 22 – March 26 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $299) $329 THR4701

Louis Le Grand
7:00 - 10:00 pm, Wednesdays
January 24 – March 28 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $299) $329 THR4702

The Potter’s Wheel: Form and Function
Prerequisite: open to students having a basic knowledge in throwing
The objective of this course is to enable students to acquire precision in the wheel throwing gestures used throughout the many steps involved in creating a useful piece. All attention will be focused on understanding the balance between form and function. We will first review acquired throwing experience, after which each student will create a personal project matching his or her skills.

Marie Côté All levels
1:00 - 4:00 pm, Mondays
January 22 – March 26 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $299) $329 THR4703

Peter Hamilton Intermediate
7:00 - 10:00 pm, Thursdays
January 24 – March 29 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $299) $329 THR4704

Hand building
Camilla Clarizio All levels
Let your fingers guide you in creating symmetrical or asymmetrical, abstract or figurative forms in clay. Follow your inspiration using diverse hand building techniques including slabs and coils.

7:00 – 10:00 pm, Tuesdays
January 23 – March 27 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $299) $329 THR4705

1:00 – 5:00 pm, Tuesdays
January 30 – March 20 (8 sessions, 32 hours)
(YM $319) $349 THR4706

Intrduction to Glazing Technology
Diane Brouillette All levels
This hands-on course is a theoretical and practical introduction to glazing. After learning about the materials and techniques involved, each student will undertake a short research project designed to make the subject matter easy to grasp and stimulating.
2:00 – 5:00 pm., Sundays
February 4 –March 11 (6 sessions, 18 hours)
(YM $189) $199 THR4707

Clay Figure Sculpture
Claudine Ascher All levels
Working from a combination of live model studies (drawing) and maquettes (clay), as well as from photographs and sketches, students will create a figurative clay sculpture interpreting a personal story, concept or idea. Clay sculpting methods appropriate to the student’s aims will be reviewed and demonstrated.
1:00– 4:00 pm, Thursdays
January 25 – March 29 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $ 299) $329 THR4708

Me and My World
Louis Le Grand 8 to 12 years
Using clay, we will shape characters and objects from everyday life: a house, a car, etc. Each week, we will make something new, and apply colours to our baked pieces.
4:30 – 6:30, Mondays
January 29 – March19 (8 sessions, 16 hours)
(YM $130) $140 CER4701

Ceramic Workshop
Studio time with no instruction. Clay and glazes not included.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Wednesdays
January 31 – March 21(8 sessions, 56 hours)
(YM $189) $199 THR4709

Free Studio Time
Available to students participating in ceramic courses, to complete works in progress (no technician or supervision) Schedule to be confirmed.

Option 2: Sculpture

Department head: Jean-Louis Émond

• uses clay as a study to help shape a form to be finalized in another medium... metal, papier maché, hydro stone...
• courses include plaster and 1 bag of clay


Papier Maché Sculpture
Celina Segal • All levels
Learn the art of papier-mâché sculpture from the inside out. Build an inner support using wire and Styrofoam forms, and learn how to cover this structure using one of several papier-mâché techniques demonstrated in the workshop. Surface finishes such as: faux bronze and aluminium, acrylic varnish, painting, staining and polishing will be introduced. Materials provided except for paint and varnish.
9:00 am -12:00 pm, Wednesdays
February 7 - 28 (4 sessions, 12 hours)
(YM $169) $189 SCU4701


Celina Segal All levels
Explore the expressive and technical potential of three-dimensional art. The focus of this course will be on developing individual creativity while learning about the sculptural concepts of form and space. Students will have the option of exploring a variety of methods and materials (including clay modeling, plaster carving, mold making and casting) or of investigating a single project in depth, under the guidance of the instructor. Both traditional and contemporary approaches to sculpture are encouraged.

7:00 - 10:00 pm, Mondays
January 22 – March 26 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $299) $329 SCU4702

1:00 – 4:00 pm., Wednesdays
January 24 – March 28 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $299) $329 SCU4703

Sculpting with Models: Technical Steps
Jean-Louis Émond All Levels
In this course, sculptures are developed through to their final stage. The subject matter includes modelling, casting, colouring and presenting works.
1:00 – 4:00 pm, Tuesdays
January 23 – March 27 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $329) $349 SFM4701

Sculpting the Body in its Actual Size
Jean-Louis Émond All Levels
This course is divided in two parts. The first four weeks are devoted to observation exercises with models in which the different parts of the body are studied. In the second part of the course, a full-scale study of the entire body based on a model’s pose will be created.
1:00 – 4:00 pm, Thursdays
January 25 – March 29 (10 sessions, 30 hours)
(YM $319) $349 SFM4702