As part of the SD76 integration of learning within the community, grade 4 classes from Dr. Roy Wilson Learning Centre were treated to an outstanding opportunity to learn from the best -- acclaimed Medicine Hat clay mural artist, James Marshall -- during their “Community Classroom” experience held recently at Medalta.
For the first part of the day, Mr. Marshall hosted the students at his studio located at the former I-XL Brick Plant. He toured them around the studio explaining the concept and process involved in making a mural which is comprised of many individual tiles. Following this, the students then had a two-hour hands-on creating session held at Medalta. Each student was provided with a blank tile from reclaimed clay supplied by Mr. Marshall. Students were encouraged to first sketch out a design; then work from the sketch to carve the design onto the tile using various sculpting tools. Mr. Marshall provided guidance and suggestions as he helped each student achieve a finished tile.
These community classroom sessions were a collaboration between Dr. Roy Wilson Learning Centre grade 4 classroom teachers (Mr. Henderson, Ms. Treen, Mrs. Harrison) and Carolyn Freeman, Medalta’s educational coordinator.