Sign Up Now: GAC Summer Clay Camps with Pat Johnson

Award-winning figurative ceramicist Pat Johnson is returning to Galveston for the fourth summer in a row to teach clay camps at Galveston Arts Center: from June 10th-14th, and again from July 8th-12th, both from 1-4pm, Monday-Friday.  Camps last three hours each day, allowing students to delve deeply into a project over five days.

Ms. Johnson’s week-long workshop lets students explore the design and production of handmade ceramic objects and tiles. Using stories and imagination as inspiration, students will create fun ceramic projects including usable pots and fanciful sculptures. Students will learn ancient ceramic methods such as pinch, slab and coil pots, rolling cylinders, altering shapes, and applying surface textures and colors.

Varied projects in hand building will include building a slab-built animal and coil-built pots inspired by the history and pottery of the Caddo Indians of East Texas. Students will examine the forms of birds, mammals, and marine life in the Galveston area, and will enjoy making handmade and painted tiles. Each child will learn to draw and design their own concepts, how to decide on materials, and how to use specific tools to accomplish their designs.

Ms. Johnson will share her broad knowledge of ceramic surface techniques, including commercial underglazes and underglaze pencil. Both directed projects and experimentation will be supported and encouraged at each child’s skill level. Pieces will be glazed and fired.

Camp tuition is $150 per child for early registration.  Prices increase to $165 a week before each camp begins, so register early! Tuition includes all materials. Both camps are held at GAC’s recently remodeled, ADA-accessible facility on the corner of Strand and 22nd Street.  The spacious studio/classroom is a bright, beautiful space with high ceilings and plenty of natural light, outfitted with all the essential artist’s equipment and supplies.

The complete schedule for classes and camps along with online registration can be found at  Parents may also register by phone or in-person at GAC.  Pre-registration IS required. Scholarships are available while funds last.

About the instructor: GAC is truly fortunate to have Pat Johnson as a visiting instructor. A full-time artist for more than 40 years, Johnson lives and works in the rural town of Fayetteville, TX.  She has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions across the region; including at the Art Car Museum, Galveston Arts Center, Longview Museum of Fine Art, the McNay Art Museum, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, AZ. She also has had work chosen for the Ceramic National at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and was awarded a 2nd place in 2004.  She now has work in the permanent collections of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, the Live Oak Art Center in Columbus, TX, and many private collections. She has been a juror for the Texas Clay Arts Association and has led many, many workshops and camps for adults and children since 1998. Her work can be seen at

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