Walla Walla Foundry for Fifth Graders

Every fifth grade class from the schools we serve visits the world-renowned Walla Walla Foundry as part of the Picture Lab program. While there, they take a tour through the entire facility; from the wax room, to investment, the metal shop and to the patina room, following the cycle of creation of fine-art sculptures.

The art journey also includes a presentation that features sculptural work from artists such as Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Yayoi Kusama, Maya Lin and their journey from a sketch or a model, to a full-sized sculpture.

Perhaps the favorite part of the experience may be the opportunity to create a self-portrait bust out of real clay.

A detailed pre-curriculum program is sent to each fifth grade teacher to educate the children prior to their arrival.

The first year, on the first tour, a child from Blue Ridge proclaimed being at the Walla Walla Foundry was better than playing video games. At the Edison 5th grade graduation, it repeatedly placed 1st as the best part of the 5th grade!

And that’s how we want to keep it.

Helpful documents:
Bust Making Description
Field Trip form (Spanish version)
Field Trip Guide for Students
Tour Station Outline
Tour Steps Described
Whitman Sculpture Walk
Scavenger Hunt from Art Walla
Walla Walla Foundry Power Point

Carnegie Picture Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on art eduction in Walla Walla valley schools. Read more about CPL here .