Soapstone Carving in School
What Will A Typical Carving Class Entail?
Class will consist of an assortment of pre chosen silhouettes (they can be the same or all different), once chosen we will begin by shaping the soapstone with rasps to get a desired style. During carving we will discuss soapstone, it's place in the lapidary carving field and how it compares to other minerals in the carving format.
After we have gotten our stone carved the way we like it we will go through a series of sanding phases to achieve a finished texture on the stone. Finished textures will be dependent upon the carver to achieve, we will also discuss the different ways too achieve this on both soapstone and other stone as well.
Once sanding is completed we will then take the final step in finishing the project with a finishing oil. During this time we will also discuss other alternatives to accomplish a finish on soapstone and other minerals as well. The process from start to finish takes 1 .5 hours.
Small 2D Cut Outs
Our smallest carving cut out. Recomended for kindergarten to grade 3
Kids will complete the project in 1.5 hours.
Medium 2D Cut Outs
Our most popular carving size for all classroom settings. Recomended for grade 4+.
A great size for the kids to hold onto while carving. Kids will complete the project in
Medium 3D Cut Outs
Recomended for ages 12+. This project takes 2+ hours to complete and requires more patience and multiple sessions.
Large 3D Cut Outs
Recomended for High School. Takes 4+ hours to complete.
Safety Concerns in the Classroom
We do all the carving in buckets of water to prevent any dust. This also allows for quick tidy up and a clean classroom.
Our soapstone is Certified Asbestos Free. We will email you the report as part of your booking package.
Kindergarden and Grade One students do all shaping with mesh sandpapers.
Grade one and up we use a small rasp to promote hand dexterity and motor skill development. The tools are abrasive, but not sharp.
We use a food-safe, 100% tung oil.
We will provide you with a criminal record check as part of your booking package.
How to Order
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info:
School name and address (most important)
Name of teacher
Class size and grade
Soapstone size preference (small, medium, or large).
List of animal shapes (they can be all different, or the same)
If you want instruction, please provide a list of three possible dates.
If you are ordering just the animal shapes, do you need tools, sandpaper, and finishing oil?
Are parent volunteers available?
If booking multiple classes, will they be held in the same room?
Does the class location have access to water and paper towels?
Orders take 2 weeks to complete.
We suggest booking well in advance as popular dates book quickly.
We are an Edmonton Public School Approved Vendor.
Shapes are cut specifically to order, supplies are left behind for students who did not attend.
Parent Volunteers necessary for multiple classes
For a brochure on school pricing, please email email@example.com.
The soapstone cutouts for schools are not individually packaged and purchased in bulk so the price is lower than the retail kit sold in stores.
Teachers Pet also provides in Class carving Field Trips!!
Our kits can also be found through Teacher's Pet.
We highly recommend students will carve in water to prevent any dust and facilitate an easy clean up.
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