soapstone progress

this is how things looked on day one and two. students had really begun to experiment. 
having a good teacher assistant is one of the things that allows me to keep everything flowing smoothly in my room.  

the student took this excellent start and pushed it too far, first a leg broke, then the entire piece collapsed. he did not understand what the stone was saying, which was"go easy". he loves filing away, but can't quite understand the reductive process.

today i finished my piece, and one student has two close to being done. others are struggling, and one is completely at sea. but we are moving forward, and they are still listening, reading, understanding crow and weasel. one student says, "can we work on soapstone" at every chance he gets. he is enchanted by this project.