Soapstone Carving Workshops

I'm excited to be teaching Soapstone Carving 1 & 2 Workshops at the Birds Canada Headquarters in Port Rowan the summer of 2024.  Carving will be outdoors on the spacious deck, at shaded picnic tables, overlooking the beautiful Birds Canada property. There is plenty of parking, the location is accessible.
Here's the link for tickets; more information about the workshops is below.
Soapstone Carving 1: Hand Carve a Pendant (July 13, 9am-12:30pm)

Carve  a soapstone pendant using traditional hand tools (no power tools) with Artist Cindy Presant. Soapstone and all tools will be provided.  This half-day workshop is good for those who have no previous experience using hand tools to carve stone or wood, or also for those with some experience who wish to further develop their skills.  Enjoy creating your own work of art from a piece of stone in a friendly outdoor small group setting. Stone carving is an active form of creativity that develops hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, concentration, and patience.  After the workshop, your finished pendant will make a great keepsake for yourself, or a wonderful gift for family and friends.

Soapstone Carving 2: 3D Carving (July 20, 9am - 4pm)

Carve a 3-dimensional animal or other object from soapstone using traditional hand tools (no power tools), with Artist Cindy Presant.  A 3x3x5” block of soapstone and all tools will be provided.  This full-day workshop is designed for people who have some experience using hand tools with media such as stone, wood, or clay.  This is a full day of work, with lunch and refreshment breaks as needed.   Enjoy creating your own work of art from a piece of stone in a friendly outdoor small group setting. Stone carving is an active form of creativity that develops hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, concentration, and patience.  After the workshop, your carving will make a great keepsake for yourself, or a wonderful gift for family and friends.

Please note that N95/KN95 masks will be worn during carving to help prevent breathing in stone dust. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one from the instructor.

 

About Carving Instructor Artist Cindy Presant

Artist Cindy Presant has taught soapstone carving to adults and children for the past 18 years, including to the following groups/classes/venues: Grand Erie District School Board (Grade 4 Enrichment Classes), Haldimand Art Works, Cayuga (Adults and Children), Lake Erie Arts Academy, Port Dover (Adults), Artists By The Bay, Port Rowan (Adults), Long Point Art Studio, Port Rowan (Adults), K-W Gem and Mineral Club, Kitchener (Adults).

Cindy encourages each beginning carver to develop and express their own creative ideas. She believes that students learn most effectively by going through the carving process from start to finish, experiencing the challenges and delight of each step of learning, and then feeling that well-earned sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when they complete their very own piece.

Cindy is also an accomplished painter, with a 30-year exhibition record focusing on local landscapes, wildlife, plants, and historic buildings. Her paintings and carvings, including several commissions, are in private collections across Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe.