Dear teachers and students,
Have you ever had the opportunity to sculpt an animal made of soapstone? Today, our class had the privilege of hosting a very talented artist, Mr.Kent Laforme. During our carving workshop, we used many different tools to create our masterpieces. Chisels, files and sandpaper are some of the instruments we employed. The students in our class really enjoyed forming wolves, bears and orcas. We are all so impressed by this experience that we would like to encourage you to take advantage of the same course.
Division 6 at Margaret Jenkins Elementary
In December my class had the privilege of hosting Kent Laforme and his stone-carving program. It accompanied the First Nations Unit that we are doing in class. We learned about bears, orcas and wolves and each of us got to carve our own symbolic character.
Kent supplies a partially carved stone for which my students finished off with a variety of files and sand papers. His hands-on approach allowed us all to complete an incredible piece of tangible art to take home where they talked about it with their parents.
Kent was accommodating, friendly and very professional in his approach to carving – he allowed each and every student to produce their own unique creation – something each and every child finished with pride and a greater understanding of their symbols and what it takes to create such a masterpiece.
I have no problem recommending Kent and his program – carving provides a unique understanding of such artisans and allows students to summon patience and a fair amount of motor skills to create their own quality piece of art.
Thanks Kent – I will be talking to you in the future!
Darren Comer Grade 4/5 teacher at Eagle View Elementary School
Amazing! This workshop is highly organized and smoothly run. My students were delighted to create such a fabulous piece of artwork to take home. Kent’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.
Laureen Brain Grade 4/5 teacher at Eagle View Elementary School
“The brain does not live inside the head, even though that is its formal habitat. It reaches out to the body, and with the body it reaches out to the world. Brain is hand and hand is brain.”
The Hand: How It Shapes the Brain, Language and Culture, Frank Wilson, neurologist
“Neurophysiological research increasingly confirms the wisdom and efficacy of what has been called “hands-on learning.” Correlations have been found between dexterity and mobility in the fine motor muscles of our hands and cellular development in our brain, which supports our cognitive capacities.”
Hand Movements Sculpt Intelligence by Arthur Auer