A midnight bell tolls high in the tower of a dark castle.  The year is 960 and gargoyles rule the land.  Fast-forward over 1,000 years, students in the grade 10 art class learned about Medieval art today at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and worked with a professional artist to create their own mythical creatures.  Some grew animal-like sharp claws and teeth and others sprouted wings and horns.  The little critters will be fired in the kiln at the museum and students will return in a few weeks to apply colour glazes as the final touch.

If you are walking around downtown Toronto sometime soon, especially around the University of Toronto campus, take a look into the corners and around the door-frames for replicas of Medieval gargoyles.  But be sure to watch your back…

Grade 10 art student's creating mythical gargoyles
Constructing clay gargoyles at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
A finished clay gargoyle 🙂
Oct. 27th, 2010 – Pics from the Gardiner Museum