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Making Snow Art!

A team of people took home the top prize at a contest for snow sculptures!
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You can make sculptures out of many materials, including clay, wax, and marble. But some people are really good at sculpting with snow! That includes a team of snow sculptors who took home the top prize at the 2023 World Snow Sculpting Championship in Stillwater, Minnesota.

First prize went to the House of Thune, whose team members included Dusty Thune, his sister Kelly Thune, and David Aichinger. The team is from Minnesota. They defeated 11 other teams from around the world. 

The winning sculpture is called “Journey.” It shows two people who are unhappy and tired. But the sculpture’s story isn’t totally sad. Dusty Thune says his team wanted to show that people can go through hard times and then pick themselves up and put themselves together again. 

Each team was given a giant block of snow to work with. They had 72 hours to sculpt whatever they wanted—and anyone was allowed to come and watch. The House of Thune team had tools that were made especially for sculpting snow. 

Unlike sculptures made of clay or marble, the snow sculptures won’t last long. Even though Minnesota winters are usually cold, “Journey” will eventually be gone forever. But new snow will fall—and new sculptures can be made!

What would you make out of a big block of snow?


Black History Month

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February is Black History Month in the United States. Want to read more? Check out the January 31 edition of In the News!

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A large butter sculpture of a cow and two adults and two children who are doing dairy-related work.
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This sculpture was on display at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in 2018. It’s made of 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms) of butter!
Some people make sculptures out of butter! They show off their delicious creations at state fairs all over the United States.

How To Make Polymer Clay

Side-by-side photos of a painted clay bowl and clay discs with painted on design.
Photos by Linda Catalano, courtesy of New York Handmade Collective

Want to try sculpting? You can use something called polymer clay. Polymer clay is sold at many stores, but it’s also possible to make it. Below is a recipe for polymer clay. You’ll need to use the stove, so be sure to get an adult to help you.

  • ¾ cup white glue
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons mineral oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A nonstick pot
  • A wooden spoon
  • A plastic bag that can be sealed
White liquid in a black pot with a wooden spoon
Step 1
Put the glue into the nonstick pot. Add the cornstarch and mix them together. Then add the mineral oil and lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients well.
Thick and pasty white material in a black pot with a wooden spoon
Step 2
Cook the mixture over low heat. Try to stir it the whole time, if you can. Eventually, the mixture will look like mashed potatoes.
A ball of white clay on a white surface
Step 3
Turn off the stove and remove the pot from the heat. The mixture will be hot. With help from an adult, put the mixture into a resealable plastic bag. Leave the top open until it is cooled. Then seal the bag, squeezing out as much air as you can. Store the mixture in the refrigerator until you want to use it. When you take it out, you will be able to form it into a ball and work with it.
A small white clay gnome with some bottled kitchen products in the background
Step 4
When you’re ready to make your sculpture, you can use paper clips, emery boards, sponges, and all sorts of other tools to help you shape the clay!
Photos by Linda Catalano, courtesy of New York Handmade Collective

Ready, Set, Sculpt!

A colorful plastic fish sculpture, a metal horse sculpture, a small jade sculpture, and a large bronze abstract sculpture

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People have been making sculptures for thousands of years. Can you think of some creative materials you could use for sculpting?
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