One hundred and twenty students in grades 3 and 4 at Edgewater Elementary School of the Lester-B-Pearson School Board, were busy recently with a hands-on clay project! Local Artist Adele Reeves visited Edgewater and led the students in clay building techniques, teaching them how to shape material into meaningful work. All Cycle 2 students created and took home their own personalized pinch box or lantern, which were fired in a kiln.

Art teacher Athanasia Antonopoulos stressed that without ELAN’s ACE Initiative, it would not be possible to afford to do clay work. She said that the students were “in awe of meeting a “real” artist” and what a pleasure it is to “ be able to support and celebrate the talent of someone from our community”. All of Edgewaters cycle 2 students were able to create and take home their own pinch box or lantern after they had been baked in a kiln.
Adele Reeves is a multidisciplinary artist who works in many different mediums, such as clay, concrete, acrylics, oils, watercolor, and charcoal. She feels that each medium lends itself to a particular feeling that tells a unique story. Check out her profile, along with many others at
To see some of Adele’s own professional work, please visit Follow @ELANArtEd to hear more about the magic that the arts are bringing into the lives of teachers, students and their communities! You can also visit to read more.
Edgewater Elementary School’s ArtistsInspire Grant experience was made possible by an ELAN Quebec/LEARN partnership for students from Quebec’s English-speaking communities to participate in arts and culture experiences, thanks in part to funding from the Government of Canada.
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Adele demonstrating technique with the third graders.  (Photo by: Athanasia Antonopoulos)