|Polar Bear, looking up.|
I started class by flipping through the book "The Inuit: Ivory Carvers of the Far North," by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack. This book is full of great information and images that aided in my giving a brief background on the Inuit people and their beautiful carvings.
I then gave each student a copy of the Inuit Bear Carving Lesson plan from Dick Blick Art Supplies. That lesson is intended to be done by carving a foam block, but the diagrams easily translate to a bar of soap. The handout shows, step-by-step, how the child should carve the block to create a lovely 3D representation of a bear.
I really do encourage you to try this project with your child. It's wonderful to see them working and planning as they carve the soap away! Enjoy!
- Bar of soap (I used plain Ivory)
- Newspaper (for working on and collecting soap chips)
- Skewer or toothpick
- Potato peeler, plastic knife and spoon
- Plastic kitchen scrubber
- Handout from www.dickblick.com (optional, but helpful)
|Carving the rough shape of the turtle with a vegetable peeler.|
|Adding the final details with the point of a skewer.|
|Another Polar Bear!|
|And a cute little turtle!|