Have you ever looked at a bird’s nest up close? In this clay class, students examine a real bird’s nest and discuss what type of bird made it, what materials were used and where it was found.

Students examine photographs of a variety of Alberta birdspecies before being led step by step through the process of how to build 

a pinch pot nest, a large coil branch and a cute little bird to sit upon it.  Last but not least, they roll three or four little eggs to place in the nest!

Learning outcomes:

Students will:

  • Learn what clay is and where it comes from; why it is bisque fired in a kiln; how to use clay and clay tools safely in a professional studio environment.
  • Explore land based learning concepts and discuss environmental impacts onbirds and their habitats. 
  • Discuss common bird species in Alberta,such as, American Robin, House Sparrow, and House Wren.
  • Experiment with drawing, impressing, rolling, and coiling clay in order to create a realistic rendering of a small song bird, bird nest and eggs.

Curriculum Links:

  • Art: refining forms, creative process, expression and celebration, fine and gross motor skill development
  • Social: Belonging and Connecting, My world, home, school, community
  • Science:Shapes, Colours, Animals, Seasons, Experimentation, Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making

Suggested field trips to pair with:

Visual Art Studio Field Trips: 

The Art Gallery of St. Albert runs clay and multimedia art fieldtrips in the Visual Art Studios at St. Albert Place, located at 5 St. Anne Street. Parent volunteers are required for our programs to be a successful experience for all, so please provide them with correct address information on your fieldtrip forms. 

St. Albert Place is a public building so it is important to keep voices down when entering the front doors and walking past the elevators to the end of the hall with your class. There are coat hangers available for three different classes under the windows outside of the studios. Please keep your students grouped together and knock on your assigned studio door when you are ready to enter. Instructors will meet you in the hallway to confirm student numbers and inform students and adults of important studio rules before entering. 

Kindly email registration@artsandheritage.ca or call 780 459 1163 for more information regarding booking a Visual Art Studio field trip. 

Virtual Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee based on 16 students)
  • Includes Art Kit (Air-dry clay, clay tools and water buckets; please inform registration if you would prefer H435 bisque fired clay)
    • free pickup at Art Gallery of St. Albert or
    • Added fee of $65 for delivery in St. Albert and $95 for delivery in Edmonton (Please request a quote for all outlying areas)

Studio Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee of based on 16 students)


We’ll send an invoice to your school within one month—please don’t bring your payment to the workshop.

Please make cheques payable to Arts and Heritage St. Albert. Include invoice numbers and mail to:
Arts and Heritage St. Albert
Suite #200, 20 Perron Street
St. Albert, AB  T8N 1E4

For account inquiries, contact us at 780-459-1163 or registration@artsandheritage.ca

Information and Policies

What teachers are saying about Bird’s Nest: 

“Thank you so much for all your work to make this available to our students online. We have really missed getting out into the community for our regular field trips. Every day feels very similar this year but today gave us something really fun to look forward to. Thank you!”– Nancy Rennie, Leo Nickerson Elementary

“It covers my art curriculum and the students love it! The bird nests make an excellent Mother’s Day gift as well.” – Teacher from Dunluce Elementary

Total Time

1.5 hours


Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2

Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, Clay Program, Science, Virtual field trip


Virtual field trip, Visual Arts Studios, St. Albert Place