Kids and Clay

Over the next ten weeks, students will have an opportunity to explore the amazing ways of working with clay. We will look at different ways to create sculptural forms through hand-building techniques. We will have on-going individual projects as well as create a larger piece of public art together as a group. The students will be supported with images, examples, demonstrations and hands on help. Bring your creativity and an apron! All levels welcome. Ages 11-16 years.

Please note there will be no classes during March Break.


Students should bring:

  • Apron and towel

About Marla Benton:

Marla is a clay artist and educator. Through all her experiences, Marla has been exposed to many different materials. She found that clay was a perfect fit for her. From functional to sculptural, to installation art, her work encourages a personal connection through text and interactive hands-on elements. Her installation work in the last two years has been primarily focused on public interaction and participation. Her work in Uncommon Common Art in the last two years has been highly complimented with an Education outreach program that allowed entire schools to create public art projects. Nocturne 2017, Watch Us Vanish, was an extremely successful project that had over 500 people participating in creating whales out of clay in one evening.

She earned her education through the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Ontario College of Art and Design (BFA) and Nipissing University (BED). As an artist she has exhibited her work nationally, across the country from coast to coast and internationally, reaching such unique destinations as Nuuk, Greenland. Her work has been published in the USA in American Craft and within Canada, in Studio Magazine, the Canmore Leader, Yukon Arts Magazine to the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

Marla has over 17 years of teaching experience. As a teacher she has taught in public schools, galleries, studios and private workshops in the Yukon, Quebec, Ontario and in Nova Scotia. She is presently an Instructor at the Chester Art Centre and the Lunenburg School of the Arts, while she continues her own studio work in Mahone Bay on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

To see some of her work, please check out her website and Instagram page: