The nation's top snow sculptors will be packing their hand tools
(power tools of any sort are not permitted) and heading to
southeastern Wisconsin to compete in the U.S. National Snow
Sculpting Championship from Feb. 3-7 in Lake Geneva, Wis.
Although the teams are composed of people with backgrounds in
architecture, engineering, art and design and mathematics, don't
let that scare you away from creating your own snow art right in
your own backyard.
All you need is a pile of well-packed snow, an idea and a few
To get started, cut the flaps off a big cardboard box, such as an
appliance carton, so you are left with a hollow rectangle. Fill and
pack the box with fresh snow and let it sit until the next day.
Lift off the box and you are ready to create your snow
Use a model as a guide, such as a stuffed animal, action figure or
you can design your own using modeling clay. Use a beach shovel,
spatula and wooden spoon to refine the shapes and a tablespoon or
tongue depressor to scrape out the fine details.
Start small and work your way up to larger sculptures. You don't
want your enthusiasm to become victim to an overly ambitious
project. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
Create a snow turtle: Start off with a mound of snow for the body,
etch in a shell pattern and add mounds of snow for the legs and
head. A snow turtle is ideal for younger kids.
Pretend that you are at the beach: Instead of sand, create a
castle from snow. The white stuff is the perfect ingredient to
build a wonderful castle, complete with turrets and an ice
Stick to simple geometric shapes like blocks, cubes, pyramids and
For information on the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship
and Winterfest, contact the Lake Geneva Area Convention &
Visitors Bureau at (800) 345-1020 or visit www.lakegenevawi.com.
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