Foundry Field Trips


Having fun sculpting with clay at a Foundry Field Trip. Photo: Ali Walker/Walla Walla Foundry

Walla Walla Valley 5th graders have the rare opportunity to visit one of the United State’s most renowned fine art foundries with a field trip to the Walla Walla Foundry, coordinated and arranged by Carnegie Picture Lab.

This behind the scenes look is made possible thanks to the support of the Foundry and its craftspeople who take time out of their work day to explain: the wax process, the investment room (where the model is converted to a plaster mold which will then be filled with metal), then on to finishing and patina rooms. An interactive PowerPoint illuminates the creative process from idea to sculpture for such world-renowned artists as Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield and Yayoi Kusama.

The trips are built with pre-curriculum information that includes videos and study guides. A hands on art project is included as part of the tour — students learn how to sculpt a clay bust, and will receive a photo of themselves with their creation, soon after the trip is completed.

In our tenth year of fifth grade trips, the assessment from teachers and children alike, has been immensely positive.

Carnegie Picture Lab Field Trip Volunteers are always needed! Jobs include leading a tour group and teaching and assisting in the clay room. The jobs are available to anyone with a current volunteer background check clearance form for their school. Chaperones from the schools are also provided.

Program Director Kristie Coleman coordinates the Foundry field trip schedule, contact her at if you would like to be involved.
5th Grade Walla Walla Foundry
Designed by: Augusta & Dylan Farnum, Mark Anderson, and Mary Ann Duffy




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