Carving Programs for Schools
Release the creative energy of your students from K to grade 8
Our in-depth soapstone carving program results in full 3D stone sculptures, hands-on learning, and boosts the creative confidence and imagination of students from kindergarten to grade 8. The success of this program speaks for itself with over 10,000 student workshop participants every year.
A rich learning opportunity
Carving is much more than a fun activity; students learn about sculpting, spatial concepts, rocks and minerals, nature, and cultural connections. And the finished product can be taken home and treasured.
Soapstone carving creative workshops
Let your students discover the delights of carving stone in a creative workshop. Our soapstone carving program kits include everything each student will need to create a keepsake: hand-cut soapstone shape, kid-safe carving file, two grades of sandpaper, polishing wax for a quality finish, and buffing cloth. Your students will have fun while learning.
Don’t let COVID-19 prevent your class from enjoying hands-on workshops!
We offer the following teaching program options.
- Carving artist instruction via video conferencing
Our carving artist instructor will connect with students via video conferencing to students in the classroom, or to students’ homes. The instructor will lead the entire session by walking students through the process of carving, shaping, sanding, and polishing their carvings. Video conferencing instruction can be delivered in one or two sessions—approximate total length of two hours. A teacher or staff member is required in class to set up (pre-session instructions will be provided), moderate the session, supervise students, and provide student support if required.
- Teacher-led instruction with support resources
Teachers will instruct students in their classrooms by walking them through the process of carving, shaping, sanding, and polishing their carving. Resources available to teachers include pre-session setup instructions, step-by-step carving technique teaching instructions, and student video training clips covering all the steps (videos are designed to be paused to allow students to follow along). Ideal for teachers with an artistic flair or for situations where technology is unavailable for video conferencing sessions.
- Carving artist in classroom instruction
When permitted, our carving artist instructor will visit your classroom, manage the pre-session setup and instruct students through the process of carving, shaping, sanding, and polishing their carving. Teachers may choose to join in the carving experience, or attend to other priorities and leave the instructor to manage the students. Teaching session duration is approximately 90 minutes plus 15 minutes for setup and 15 minutes for wrap-up.
Empowering your artists from kindergarten students through to grade 8
Animal Soapstone Carving Program
Grades 3 to 7+
Our most popular program. Each student selects the animal they wish to carve.
|Introductory Carving Class
Kindergarten to Grade 2
A new carving workshop for younger children and offering a selection of easier-to-carve shapes—sea-star, heart, or fish.
|Egyptian Pendant Carving Program
Grades 4 to 8
Fits well with Egyptian or early civilization studies and complements learning about ancient civilizations, hieroglyphic alphabets. Each student learns how to shape the pendant into a cartouche and can wear it afterwards (it comes with a cord).
Getting Started: Frequently Asked Questions
What measures are you taking for COVID-19?
We are adhering to health authority protocols and have developed two optional COVID-safe delivery programs for schools: 1. Carving artist instruction via video conferencing, and 2. Teacher-led instruction with support resources. Both of these options will respect social distancing recommendations.
How long should we allocate for students to complete their carving?
Most children can complete their carving in 90 minutes. However, teachers may choose to allow students additional time, and/or split the carving process into two sessions.
What teacher resources are provided?
Teacher resources will be provided in advance of the session and depending on the method of teaching you have selected may include:
- Pre-session setup instructions
- Step-by-step teaching instructions
- Video conferencing link for online instruction
- Access to classroom instruction video(s)
How do we access online video conferencing training?
When you purchase your carving program, we’ll email you a video conferencing link to the online live instructor session along with all other teacher resources.
What materials are included for students?
Everything your students will need to complete their carving will be included in your order: hand-cut soapstone shape, kid-safe carving file, two grades of sandpaper, polishing wax for a quality finish, and buffing cloth.
Can we expect dust during the carving process?
We have specifically developed a carving process using water to eliminate dry stone dust.
Are the carving tools kid-safe?
We have designed a custom made kid-safe carving file tool to minimize the risk of children hurting themselves while carving their soapstone shape. This tool has been used by thousands of students without incident.
How do we select the program and carvings for our students?
Can we have an in-class instructor?
When permitted, a carving artist instructor may visit your school to deliver classroom training. Meanwhile, we have developed two optional delivery programs for schools: 1. Carving artist instruction via video conferencing, and 2. Teacher-led instruction with support resources.
How are the materials packaged and shipped?
All the supplies are carefully packed one week prior to shipping and shipped to your school. There are two packaging options:
- All materials are packed in a bulk container
- Materials are sorted into separate student kits in brown paper bags for easier distribution (additional handling fees for this option)
How much do the carving workshops and materials cost?
Our goal is to make the materials for our special hands-on workshops affordable. Please contact us to discuss your carving program needs and for pricing.
How long will it take to receive our order?
We need a minimum of two weeks to prepare the stone and supplies for your class(es). Arrangements will be made directly with the lead teacher or school for delivery of materials. We have plenty of stock and orders are shipped via ground service within two business days of receiving your order. In the unlikely event we are out of stock, we will contact you.
How do we place our order?
We are so glad you are interested in our workshop! Please complete the form below, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your needs and get your order placed.
What Teachers Say
“Loved the workshop! My students had such a good time and were so proud of their creations. I loved that every stone was unique and the students got to compare and see one another’s and pick out the details.”
A.C. Harbour View Elementary School, Coquitlam, BC
“Amazing! This workshop is highly organized and smoothly run. 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.”
L. Brain. Grade 4/5 teacher at Eagle View Elementary, Victoria, BC.