The Carving Programs strive to empower people to tap into their creativity and cultivate new skills and confidence while enjoying the gentle art of carving stone. In 2010, an inner city elementary teacher in Vancouver contacted Oliver at Studiostone and asked that he teach her how to carve so she could take that into the classroom; it was quickly apparent that it would be far easier for him to teach the students himself. The class was a huge hit and the students loved the activity so much that other teachers started requesting it! The program combined Oliver’s passions for education, hands-on learning, and the exciting and meditative art of stone carving. It was a great success embraced by school districts and quickly grew from 33 classes in the first year to over 300 classes booked this year in Vancouver and Victoria alone.
We currently offer the program in the following areas:
Is your school in an area we aren't already serving? Send us a request! We both love to travel and are actively training teachers in other areas of Canada and the U.S. Send us a request to learn more about bringing an instructor to your school district or to learn about how to become an instructor.
"This year, for the first time, our school invited Kent soapstone carving workshops with our students. The response was overwhelmingly positive by students, parents and staff! Kent is authentic, knowledgeable, organized, skilled AND has an easy, engaging way with the children. Our teachers were also so appreciative of the opportunity to carve their own animal along with their students.
Our experience with Kent was a very positive one and we highly recommend this enrichment activity for your school!"
Teacher, Grade 5
École Mont Prevost
"Amazing! This workshop is highly organized and smoothly run. My students were delighted to create such a fabulous piece of artwork to take home. The instructor's organization and skill ensured that everyone completed a masterpiece. By far one of the best artist workshops I have had in my classroom in many years, I would highly recommend it to any teacher."
Grade 4/5 teacher
Eagle View Elementary School
“I am always encouraged to see resources that have the potential to be a platform for learning about Indigenous culture and history. Such resources are one way we can all move forward with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. The choice of resources to address the competencies and learning outcomes in the provincial curriculum is made at the local level.”
Provincial Director, Aboriginal Education
Learning Division , BC Ministry of Education