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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday, 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
20 Mar 21

Open Studio

Clay Houses with Nicole Preissl

For our second remote Open Studio with Nicole Preissl, Nicole leads us in a clay-making activity inspired by Christine Howard Sandoval’s exhibition A wall is a shadow on the land. Christine’s artwork uses adobe mud, a very old building material, made from a mixture of natural materials. Generations of women in Christine’s family were adobe brick makers.

Watch the video and follow along as Nicole creates a miniature house structure out of clay. She’ll share tips and tricks for working with clay and natural materials.


  • cardboard
  • air-dry clay
  • wooden or plastic knife
  • popsicle sticks or dowels
  • Scissors
  • old rolling pin or bottle
  • found and recycled objects
  • natural materials like shells, moss, or pebbles
  • Newspaper
  • old cloth or paper towel
  • glue

This activity is recommended for artists 4 and up. Adult supervision is recommended for working with clay and scissors. Please only work with natural materials you are familiar with and that are from a place you know!