Clay Art Academy

This special, clay-only Art Academy is for 8-10 year old students who want an immersive clay experience. Throughout the six-week session, Clay Art Academy students will learn and practice foundational skills in handbuilding and glazing. Just as they do in "regular" Art Academy, students will develop strong visual literacy and critical thinking skills through looking at and discussing their own artwork and the artwork of others. At least three projects will be finished each six-week session.


Art educator Jen Johnson holds an undergraduate degree in art history and English literature from the University of Kansas, as well as an MAT (Masters in the Art of Teaching) from the English Department at the University of Montana. In her own practice, Jen is equally invested in understanding the larger world through her interactions with the art objects of others and the making of her own art objects. Jen considers her greatest strengths as an educator to be the facilitation of reflective and critical conversations about art and art making, as well as the creation of safe environments for authentic explorations into the practices of self-expression and making. Her preferred mediums are mixed media, printmaking, and photography, but she enjoys the act of creation no matter the medium and considers it one of her greatest joys to make art alongside others.

Missy Hitch
After nearly 20 years of working various administrative positions at OSU, Missy Hitch took a ceramics class and instantly fell in love with it.  When she's not following her teenage daughter around to bowling tournaments, she spends her time in the studio where she gets the opportunity to learn, explore, and create works of art.  After 5 years of working with clay, Missy became a ceramics instructor at Prairie Arts Center where she teaches hand building and beginning wheel classes.  Her focus as a maker is on building every day functional pieces like mugs, baking dishes, and teapots but she also makes decorative pieces and has led various workshops on ceramic projects, such as holiday gnomes and nativity scenes.  Over the years, Missy has learned some tips and tricks, which she happily shares with her students to make pottery fun and exciting.
Course Type:
6 weeks; class meets once a week for 1.5 hours

Spring  Session
8-10 yrs: Thursday, March 14 - Thursday, April 25, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
* No class the week of Spring Break (March 20th) We do have a Spring Break Art Camp that week.


*Refunds will not be given if cancellation is made less than a week before the beginning of the session. If Prairie cancels a class, a makeup class will be offered. Makeup classes are not offered to students who miss a class.

To RSVP please fill out our registration form here or call us at 405-744-1535.