Discover one of the world’s most dynamic art forms and get hands-on with clay. The Gardiner Museum features historical and contemporary ceramics from around the world, as well as special exhibitions on display throughout the year. Explore diverse cultures and histories through art, and get your hands dirty in the studio with a practicing artist.
For kids, the Gardiner offers clay classes, March break camps and summer camps, school programs, and weekly Family Day activities every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission for visitors 18 and under is always free!
With 25 weeklong full-day and half-day sessions to choose from during July and August, the Gardiner Museum’s summer camps for kids (ages 6–14) are the perfect opportunity for young artists to express their creativity and learn new skills.
At camps, kids explore the galleries, experiment with hand building (working clay with hands and simple tools) and wheel throwing, and visit other local museums—all while enjoying a fun and social environment. Each camp has a maximum of 11 students.
The Gardiner offers popular kids clay classes on Saturdays throughout the year for students ages 7–16, as well as holiday-themed family workshops.
Book a special art-filled party in the Gardiner Museum’s studios! Groups will work with a professional potter to hand-build their own unique clay creations. All materials, instruction, and firing fees are included.
Programs for Schools
A trip to the Gardiner Museum combines world history and discovery with a hands-on clay project (e.g., painted Chinese dragons or Inuit carvings) led by a professional artist educator. The Museum’s award-winning curriculum-based programs are accessible to students from kindergarten to university.
Themes can be matched to fit any of these curricula: Visual Arts, Social Studies, Indigenous Studies, Animals, Environment, Language, and more.