WE Exercise Imagination
Sculpture School offers hands-on learning programs for kids in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. We work with power tools, construction materials and recyclables to bring imagination to life. Every project provides an opportunity to learn tool safety in an environment that encourages experimentation and creative autonomy.
"The creative abilities and enthusiasms of the child are never more fully satisfied than when he is working with natural or found materials in an unstructured situation. When there are no space limitations; when techniques do not impose restrictions; when the child through his own exploration of the forces and materials involved, decides on his own way of working; when total physical preoccupation is possible, the child is revealed as a consummate artist in his own right."
- Working Big by John Lidstone and Clarence Bunch, 1975
Sculpture School in the News
We build community through creativity
Our projects are shared with families, friends and neighbors through interactive exhibitions, soapbox car races, and movie screenings. Sculpture School programs have been hosted at Knoll Farm in Fayston, Vermont, Waitsfield Elementary School, Pony Farm in Moretown, and at the Taplin family workshop in Warren.
We are Artists, educators & tinkerers
Sculpture School was created by Eddie Merma in September 2014. Over the years many friends have shared their time and creativity with kids in the shop. Every individual brings their own array of skills and ideas to each project.
we learn together
The things we make are large-scale and require helpers to keep us on track to meet our deadline. We invite teens to volunteer as shop apprentices to provide support in our building programs. Their responsibilities include assisting with power tools, connecting with disconnected kids, and being active learners and creative members of the group.