Students and Teacher Pose with their Ice Sculpting Projects

Art Club students from the Walworth Jt. School District #1 put in the time, planning and sketching before attending the Snow Sculpting event in Lake Geneva recently. Art teacher Ted Beauchaine of Walworth said he has been bringing members of the club to the event for the past seven years or so.

"It is such an amazing opportunity for our students to not only see the pros work on their sculptures, but to actually create their own. The students spend time planning, sketching, and making a clay model in the weeks leading up to the event," said Beauchaine. 

After arriving in Lake Geneva, the students get a short lecture on safety, tools, and techniques from the pros. The students get around 150 minutes to actually carve, so they have to work quickly.

"What makes this experience so unique is that it is a national competition and it is in our backyard," said Beauchaine. "The weather can be difficult, but the students are very resilient and are so excited to be a part of this experience, that they sometimes forget about the temperature."