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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!


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.


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!

Soap carving preparation






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.

Soap Carving Demonstration Adding Feathers






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

Soap Carving Adding Feathers with Toothpicks






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.

Turkey Soap Carving Completed






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.









Students stack the ice blocks to build up the wall.







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











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