Ice Sculpting Class for Columbus Academy

Rock On Ice visited high school students at Columbus Academy to show them some fantastic Ice Sculpting skills. We entertained three classes with open discussions, speed carving, and hands-on interactive sculptures.

The classes consisted of high school aged students that lasted 45 minutes. Each class had 20 students. We began with an open discussion in which the students had the opportunity to ask our master sculptor, Greg Butauski, anything they wanted to know about the cool world of being an ice sculptor.

We then moved on to our speed carving demonstrations which ran for about 20 minutes each. Here are the sculptures made from each class. Greg carved a swordfish, a shark, a bass, and a snowman for the speed carving.

To finish up the class we let the students collaborate and build their own ice creations by freezing on pre-made ice shapes. The interactive portion of this activity lasted about 10 minutes each.

Pictured here are students with their completed ice sculptures. Great work!

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Rock On Ice can provide various types of demonstrations for schools and libraries. We have carved ice, pumpkins, fruit, and even soap! Check out our demonstrations on our website for more information.

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Gnomes in Ice

Rock On Ice was commissioned again for 2018 to create a magical ice experience in Frankenmuth, Michigan – this year was no exception! If you love gnomes, then check out this enormous 105 block ice display for Zehnder’s annual Snowfest.

The total ice sculpture scene was 30 feet long and 12 feet tall.

There were 6 carvers that helped create the village where visitors look for gnomes carved in all the different ice sculptures. The display took over over two weeks to complete. (As the saying goes, gnome wasn’t built in a day.)

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This sign greets you to the Bavarian village where you are asked to find the gnomes.

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The gnome village.

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The spectacular clock tower…wow!
(Greg Butauski is not a gnome.)

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Gnome is where the heart is.

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Ice fountain…cute.

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Ice news desk with color logo…another gnome!

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The Bavarian village complete with lights. (If you are curious, there were 23 gnomes to find.)

Many thanks to the ice carvers who made this amazing display happen: Titus Arensberg, Jeff Petercsak, Michael Stoddart, Matthew Stoddart, Jason Bartlett, and Greg Butauski. (Concept by Dean Murray.)

Rock On Ice Rockin’ the Fall Festival

It’s that time, our favorite time of year…Fall! Our team of master pumpkin carvers will create some of the most amazing pumpkins and displays you will ever see! There is no limit to the imagination of our artists.

During September and October we will will be busy carving pumpkins at zoos, Halloween events, schools, libraries, community festivals, and more.

Check out our love for pumpkins…

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We will travel. This display was carved for a zoo in Wisconsin. And, yes, the giraffe is all pumpkin – one 400 pound pumpkin! We call this a Masterpiece display.

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Our standard pumpkin demonstration consists of 6 or 8 carved pumpkins. The fun part about these displays is that while our artists are carving we will talk to patrons and answer questions, so it is a great way for inquiring minds to learn more about pumpkin carving. Engaging with the audience is what it’s all about!

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Lighted displays are always a big hit. This owl themed display was a crowd favorite at an event in Michigan.

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Some of our carvers take a fun approach to their displays. These pumpkins had a little too much to drink at Hops!

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And last, but not least, the 3D carved pumpkin. This viking was carved out of a 1,033 pound pumpkin…we call them “big boys.”

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In addition to displays, we also teach classes. This was for a local library. It’s a great way for amateur carvers to pick up some tips to take their pumpkin carving to the next level.

Happy pumpkin carving!

Check out more pumpkin carving.

 

School Demonstrations

Rock On Ice can provide schools with fun, educational, interactive activities. We visited General Rosecrans Elementary on two separate occasions for interactive demonstrations: soap carving a turkey, and building an ice castle wall.

For “Pioneer Days” we used about 80 bar soaps to create this turkey carved from soap. Master carver, Greg Butauski, pre-carved the head and body. Bars of soap were carved into feathers by the students, and then were secured in place with toothpicks.
The students were very excited to get to participate in this fun, hands-on activity!

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Greg sculpted the body of the turkey from a 5lb. block of soap.

Soap Carving School Demonstration Teaching the Class How to Carve

 

 

 

 

 

Students in groups of 8 were taught how to sculpt
feathers from a bar of soap.

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As they completed the feathers, Greg added them
to the turkey with toothpicks.

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Each child was able to see where their feather
was placed on the turkey. This was a great activity
in which the whole 2nd  grade class contributed.

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The completed turkey. The feedback from students
was overwhelming – they commented that this was
their favorite of all the activities that day!

 

For a different event at the school, we came in
to build an ice castle wall. Ice blocks were pre-carved
and brought in for the students.

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Students stack the ice blocks to build up the wall.

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The ice blocks are held together by fusion. The wall
grows taller as each student gets to place their block.
How cool! 

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Greg adds some finishing touches to the wall.
This is a great interactive activity for a small
space such as an individual classroom.

Best of October Pumpkin Carving

October was crazy busy for Rock On Ice with pumpkin carving and pumpkin carving demonstrations.

Rock On Ice traveled all across Ohio and even outside Ohio to bring pumpkins to life! We carved pumpkins as small as 20 lbs. to over
1,000 lbs. In all, we carved over 400 pumpkins in October.
We carved pumpkins for Fall Festivals, Zoo’s, Corporate Events,
and Trick-or-Treat events.

Here are some of our favorite pumpkin pics from this Fall…enjoy!

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“Haunted House” carved by Greg Butauski.
5 pumpkin masterpiece display.

 

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“Da Bomb Squad” carved by Titus Arensberg.
3 pumpkin demonstration display.

 

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11 pumpkin demonstration display carved by
Rock On Ice crew and led by Trent Mason.

 

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“Vulture” carved by Jon Michaels.
3 pumpkin masterpiece display.

 

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“T-Rex” carved by Greg Butauski,
Titus Arensberg, and Dean Murray.
15 pumpkin masterpiece display.

 

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“Windmill” carved by Titus Arensberg.
5 pumpkin masterpiece display. This was a
working windmill.

 

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“Spooktacular” carved by Dean Murray, Greg Butauski,
and Titus Arensberg.
32 pumpkin masterpiece display.

 

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“Viking Warrior” carved by Jon Michaels
surrounded by the Rock On Ice crew.
800 – 1,000 lb. giant pumpkin.

 

Humpty Dumpty Pumpkin Carving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Humpty Dumpty” carved by
Shannon Gerasimchik.
350 lb. competition masterpiece display.

Gift An Ice Sculpture or Fruit Carving

Need a unique gift idea for a relative or friend but have completely run out of ideas? Then perhaps you should consider an ice sculpture or fruit carving.

Gift cards, flowers, perfume—these are some common gifts to give someone, but if you are looking for something truly unique, then a customized ice sculpture or fruit carving is the answer.

Rock on Ice can take any interests or hobbies and incorporate them into a one-of-a-kind sculpture. We can design personalized sculptures for weddings, birthdays, graduations—any special occasion you can think of, we can design a sculpture that will create that wow factor.

All we need is an idea and you can sit back and let us do all the work!

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Give your sixteen-year-old the one thing they probably have never had for their birthday—a personalized ice sculpture. This one includes a picture of the birthday girl with a cute swirly design. And don’t forget the block numbers that make the whole sculpture the hit of the party!

Fruit-Carving-Watermelon-with-nameAnother idea for a birthday is a fruit carving customized with a name. This watermelon features beautifully carved roses surrounding a name. This carving would work well for a graduation party also.

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What child would not be amazed to see this Frozen themed sculpture at their party. We can take any character from a favorite movie and incorporate into a design to make it unique and memorable.

Fruit-Carving-Jill-and-GregHow about a fruit carving for a wedding buffet centerpiece? This can be customized  to the couples’ interests or hobbies. A very beautiful complement to any wedding.

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Here is a birthday block design featuring a personalized photo with script writing. Add your own flowers and accessories to compete the sculpture!

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This ice sculpture would be the perfect wedding gift, featuring an engagement photo. This simple, but elegant design would be a unique addition to any event.

Looking for more ideas? Visit our themed ice sculptures and food art pages.

Food Art at SeaWorld Texas By The Food Artist Group

The Food Artist Group visited SeaWorld, in San Antonio Texas, for two weeks of fruit and vegetable carving demonstrations.

The Food Artist Group was created by Food Network Star, James Parker, and includes some of the most talented artists from many different countries. Among those, Greg Butauski of Rock On Ice,
and Dean Murray.

The fruit carvings Greg and Dean created was a part of the new Food and Wine Festival.  Many countries were represented and this fruit display was based on the wildlife of Argentina and Brazil.  From fish, to land animals, and all the way up top to the birds.  There are owls, parrots, tree frogs, iguanas, piranha and more!

Check out more food art from Rock On Ice.

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