Decorate Your Vase!

Like the artist Laurent Craste, your goal is to decorate a vase using handmade prints and patterns.

This anachronism creates a surprising effect that you can see on display in Craste’s works.

Grade 3-4

Duration : 30 minutes

  • Creation

  • Vocabulary


Ceramic artist Laurent Craste likes to surprise us by creating classic vases that he deforms and reworks.

Use your imagination to create unique stamps using three different techniques!


Watch ”Laurent Craste – Outils et technique” (English subtitles)

Show the students the three different stamping techniques.

End with a group discussion where everyone explains their designs and choices.


  • Printed vase : Annexe vase.
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Cardboard scraps
  • Scissors
  • Glue



Let’s begin! The students can decorate their vase printout however they’d like.
Show students the 3 kinds of stamps to choose from:






Paint your fingertips with the colour of your choice and press your finger on the sheet.





Cut a piece of cardboard into a square, then cut a second piece into a cool shape.
Glue the shape onto the square.
Add paint to the shape and you’re good to go!





Fold the toilet paper roll to get the desired shape.

Paint the end of the roll and press onto the paper.

Food for Thought

Once the vases are all decorated, have the class sit in a circle and let each student take turns explaining their choice of stamps.

Introduce the idea of time periods to explain the differences between patterns on the classical vase and the modern stamps created during this activity.

The result is quite surprising, just like the artworks of Laurent Craste!