Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Inuit carving....

Every other week in My Father's World, we explore a new country. We have already studied the United States and Mexico. This week, we are discovering Canada. And as lovely as it would be to just hop in a car and drive to Canada, like we used to do when we lived in Minnesota, that simply cannot happen. So, we are left exploring these places by book and by project.

This week's project is from Global Art and we did Inuit Carvings. The Inuit live in within and near the Arctic, stretching from the northeastern tip of Russia, across Alaska and Northern Canada, to Greenland. The Inuit carve in materials they find in their own environment such as wood, bone, animal teeth, and Ivory. Today, we carved in soap...because, well, I love elephants and wouldn't want to de-tusk one for a homeschool project. So we picked Ivory soap...

The Big Apple chose to make a seal.She drew a picture on her soap with a pencil, took her soap out on the back patio and carefully started carving her piece.
It took several tries and several bars of soap to get a feel for how the soap was going to be carved. More than once she mentioned that her soap carving didn't look anything like a seal. But finally, she fashioned something that she was happy with.

Then, she used some water so smooth out some of the wrinkled bumpy parts. Then she presented me with the finished product and asked me to blog about it.
Isn't it cute?

2 comments:

Jensamom23 said...

Great job!

~~Deby said...

Good job...
and...thank you for visiting my blog ...another "Apples of Gold"..such a favorite verse of mine and a reminder what our words should be...
I will be back..
Deby