Soapstone Sculpture Art Project

SoapstonePinThe Inuit tribes often carved beautiful shapes from soapstone. These shapes represented things they saw and experienced in daily life. There are many beautiful carvings of Arctic creatures as well ashuman forms depicting dailylife in the Arctic.


  • Modeling Clay (we used self hardening white and brown)
  • Black Pepper
  • Carving Tools

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

InuitSoapstone   inuitthought    igloo2     igloo1


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Blend different colors of clay. We are using white and brown.

Step 2

We want the brown parts to just streak up the clay a bit, not to blend into a tan color.

Step 3

Add in some texture. We are using black pepper to get that freckled look to our clay

Step 4

Smoosh, fold and kneed the clay mixing it in

Step 5

Your clay is ready to use! Have older children form it into a block, and use simple tools to carve away at the clay. Younger children can just form the shapes of their clay.

Step 6

Encourage children to make something that depicits life in the Arctic. That could be an animal, a tool, or even an Inuit family.

All Done!

Let your clay harden overnight and display your arctic animals in your classroom.


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