If you are thinking of a stone sculpting project that can involve young children, then it doesn't come any better than organising a group of children to create a large stone sculpture collectively over a period of time. The idea to do this was first presented to me in November 2011. I was asked to work with the children from Room 7 at Harewood Primary School to create a feature garden sculpture that reflected the children and their relationship with the school. Since then I have worked with many schools throughout canterbury and each one has been a joy to do. Here are some examples below.
Harewood School,Te Kura o Tāwera
Miss France approached me, to see if it was possible to run a project like this. Earlier that year she had attended my advanced stone carving night classes at Papanui High School and could see the benefit that it could have on the children in her own class. Read more
Te Waka Unua School
Back in 2012, I was invited to work with Te Waka Unua School, (formally known as Woolston Primary School) to create a sculpture to help deal with the earthquakes that had devastated the city. The design represents helping hands, Rise Up Christchurch and the koru heart represents the bond that the school has developed with each other and the aroha and support that have been given by others and endeavour to give each other.
Harewood School,Te Kura o Tāwera / 2014
Harewood School, Te Kura o Tawera celebrated their 150 year jubilee, and the organizing committee funded this
sculpture, All of the tamariki at the school where in involve in the creation. from the design to the finished product. The tree is the school logo and that connects to a pathway of learning. Read more
Timaru Boys High School / 2015
In 2015 I was invited to work with a group of 15 boys to help them create a stone sculpture as a project for their school's biennial Arts Week. I travelled down to Timaru from Christchurch and worked with the students for two days on this project. They continued to work on it after I left and then when it was compleated, it was then named "Knowledge".
Timaru Boys High School / 2017
After the success of their first sculpture, I was invited back to Timaru Boys High School to work with a new group of students for another arts week project.
Swannanoa School / 2017
I was invited to Swannanoa School to help create five stone carvings with the children.The school has five main values represented by their Taonga and throughout the week the children sawed, chiseled, rasped and sanded the stone to these five amazing sculptures. We worked outside but under a porch and managed to battle through a rough week of weather. The children were happy and excited to be part of the project and it was truly an honour for me.
West Eyreton School / 2017
West Eyreton School has five core values that is represented within this sculpture. The values are known as the five Es excellence, empathy, example, enterprise and effort. All of the children got to work on it, and when it was finished. It was moved over to a lovely garden setting at the front entrance of the school.
Lincoln Primary School / 2019
Back in late 2018 The principal of Lincoln Primary school contacted me to help design and create a new sculpture that was to be a feature piece to the opening of their new school block (Te Moana). This was by far the biggest project that I have worked on in some time. Not since when I carved the reproduction of the Lion Of Chaeronea
back in 2012 have I embarked on such a big project.
But in order to make it work we did it in four stages.