Carve and Create with Soapstone or Alabaster!

Level: Beginner
Medium: Soapstone
Ages: 8+

Soapstone and alabaster are amazing materials!
They are natural stone - but soft enough to be shaped using simple tools and sandpapers. (Alabaster is slightly harder than soapstone)
In this workshop you can choose from a variety of 3D animal shapes, or choose the heart pendant for a simpler piece.
If you are extra meticulous and don't finish during the time -no problem!
All materials go home with you and we we will talk about how to finish your creations later.
This class is suitable for both adults and children ages 8 and above.

We will talk about stone carving and I will bring along a few examples from my collection
You will be provided with a kit that contains everything you needed to create a masterpiece: a meticulously hand-cut soapstone or alabaster shape, a kid-safe carving file, two grades of sandpaper, polishing wax, and a buffing cloth for the final touch.

Alabaster is a semi-translucent white stone, but Soapstone comes in a range of colour variations, from greens to browns and pinks - and the surprise is that the colours don't fully reveal themselves until the final waxing step.
Carving and sanding are super relaxing - Come for a day of playing with stone!

Location: The Make Space room at FortyOne: Local Art Market, 41 Victoria Street East, Alliston

To bring you the best program, class size will be limited to 8 participants. We recommend registering as early as possible.

*SSAC reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrolment. Minimum attendance for this class is 4 participants.

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SSAC Member Price - Soapstone Heart Pendant$42.00
Non-Member - Soapstone Heart Pendant$45.00
SSAC Member Price - Soapstone or Alabaster Animal$54.00
Non Member Price - Soapstone or Alabaster Animal$57.00


Saturday Jul 20, 2024 01:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Choose from:

Soapstone HEART Pendant

Soapstone CAT

Soapstone WOLF


Alabaster POLAR BEAR

(limited quantities of animal figures)

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Instructor - Shelly Hawley-Yan

Instructor - Shelly Hawley-Yan

Shelly Hawley-Yan is the mama bear of On Dragon Wings Studio - a family studio in Caledon

All three artists; Shelly, Emma & Connor love to create in diverse media - but our subjects are almost always animals and the world we share.

Wild creatures that share our fragile environment, farm friends and companion animals, we are inspired by the creatures around us

Shelly creates small scale and miniature pieces in digital media, rich coloured pencils, delicate inks, or scratchboard.
Emma creates beautiful whimsical acrylics, inks and watercolours
And Connor creates large scale murals in spray paints, lush oils on canvas and bold inks.

Custom projects are always welcome - we would love to discuss your creative vision!