Kids sculpt snowy spaceships, cheese in Aspen |

Kids sculpt snowy spaceships, cheese in Aspen

Katie Redding
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado
Jordan Curet The Aspen Times
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ASPEN ” As a steady snow fell on downtown Aspen’s Mill Street pedestrian mall Friday, several eighth-grade students from Aspen Country Day School worked to carve a block of snow into a cheese-shaped sculpture.

Alongside them, a few students struggled with crafting a mouse meant to sit atop the cheese.

“The mouse seems to be nothing right now,” admitted student Cassidy Maes, looking at the lump of snow.

The students were working side-by-side with students from other valley middle schools as part of Kidsculpt, a morning of artistic snow-carving organized by Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

The students from Aspen Country Day had all shown up for the event despite a schoolwide snow day. They even called up their teacher to make sure she was still coming, said student Cameron Ortega.

Asked about their decision to carve a wedge of cheese, the students said the sculpture was meant to depict a saying their English teacher writes on the board.

“It’s our eighth-grade motto,” said Jesse Wagner.

“But we don’t remember it,” said Garrett Goldsmith.

After a short discussion, they came up with the class motto: “It’s not about the cheese. It’s about how you get there.”

Nearby, students from Aspen Community School were creating a world with headphones on it, meant to imply that technology is taking over the earth, according to student Zoe Levin.

They had originally wanted to make a coffee cup, but their teacher encouraged them to challenge themselves more.

Students at Aspen Middle School decided to work with the astronomy theme of Wintersköl this year, creating a spaceship.

But they didn’t have time to finish the alien bodies, student James Burwell said.

Students from Carbondale Middle School and Alpine Christian Academy also created spaceships, and students from Basalt Middle School carved a ram they dubbed “Gerald the Capricorn.”

For their efforts, the student groups earned $400 for their school art departments, thanks to Wintersköl sponsors Claudia Potamkin, The Thrift Shop of Aspen, Su Casa and Takah Sushi.

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