ACES students get snowy lesson
The snowmen and snow sculptures created by the children of Ayer’s Cliff this winter are sure to reach a new level of sophistication now that the students of Ayer’s Cliff Elementary School (ACES) have received instruction from a professional snow sculptor. Last Thursday and Friday at
the Ayer’s Cliff Fairgrounds, all the students, one class at a time, learnt the basic techniques of snow sculpting from artist Jacques Baril as part of the Quebec government’s “Artist in the School” program.
“The artist worked with teams of four to six students. The students told him what they wanted to build and he would get them started. It’s good to do something different artistically with the children; it feeds their imaginations,” explained Louise Potter who teaches grade three and art at the school. Mr. Baril taught the children the technique of rolling up crazy carpets and packing them with snow to make hard cylinders to use as the base of the sculptures, and how to use small tools like gardening tools and brushes for the finishing touches.
“The snow wasn’t the best but making the cylinders of snow first really helped. The kids were really excited with this project. On Friday at 2:00 the whole school went back to the fairgrounds to take a tour of all the finished snow sculptures,” said Ms. Potter. Among those chilly works of art were whales, bears, people and other creatures – I don’t think there was a snowman in sight!
Unfortunately this impressive alligator didn’t survive Ayer’s Cliff’s inclement conditions for more people to see.