Clay Hand Building Class – June 13-16, 2022


Where: Midtown Elementary School
When: Monday through Thursday, June 13-16, 2022.
Supplies: Included in class fee (low-fire clay, glazes, etc.)
Art Instructor: Noel Newquist (Mr. New)

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Clay Hand Building Learning Targets

The purpose of the Clay Hand Building Class is to learn the basics of building clay vessels and sculptures without the use of a wheel. Each session will focus on different techniques and styles. Register today to have fun making a mess! These classes are OPEN TO ALL AGES. You’re never too young or old to start learning about art.


The $80 registration fee includes all supplies and all four days of class: June 13-16, 2022. There are three course offerings to fit your schedule. Each of these course offerings will teach the same lessons throughout the week:

  • 10am to 11am
  • Noon to 1pm
  • 2pm to 3pm


Session Offerings

Clay Hand Building Class will use low-fire earth clay. This means that all pieces must be fired in the kiln before they can be sent home.

Monday, June 13th – Slab/Coil Cups and Bowls
Learn how to roll and manipulate clay coils and slabs to build simple vessels. Primary focus will be cups and bowls. Learn scoring and slipping techniques for properly connecting wet-to-wet clay.

Tuesday, June 14th – Decorative Vessels
Learn how to make more complex, decorative vessels. In addition to decorations, we’ll also start adding handles, lids, and other functional parts.

Wednesday, June 15th – Gargoyles and Other Sculptures
Sculpt animals, monsters, and other artistic pieces.

Thursday, June 16th – Glazing Your Sculptures or Building More!
Use this time to either glaze the vessels and sculptures you made previously, or use this time to free-build whatever you want out of clay.

Saturday, July 2nd, 10am to Noon – Pickup Your Creations
Since all of the clay works must be fired in the kiln, pickup day is a few weeks after the classes end. If this date/time does not work for you to pick up your pieces, contact the instructor to schedule alternate pickup times.

Showcase from Previous Art Camps


Mister New will provide all of the necessary supplies, to include low-fire clay, glazes, clay tools, etc.

Class Size

A maximum of 12 students will be allowed per session. If that threshold is met, we will consider offering the same classes again later in the summer.


Midtown Elementary School
140 Coefer Blvd
Madison, AL 35758

Art Instructor

The Clay Hand Building Class will be taught by local elementary school art teacher: Noel Newquist, known as Mr. New by students across Madison. As a National Board Certified art teacher for Madison City’s elementary schools, Mr. New has 14 years of experience working with every level of art student, from beginners to national award-winners. To enjoy free lessons from Mr. New, check out Mr. New’s Art Class on YouTube.

Additional information

Class Time

10am to 11am, Noon to 1pm, 2pm to 3pm


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