“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” – Jean Piaget
Sculpture School, founded in 2014 by Eddie Merma, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based at Knoll Farm in Fayston, Vermont. Kids work with power tools, construction materials and recyclables to bring imagination to life.
Sculpture School engages over 300 children annually through creative learning programs in rural Vermont. Projects are shared with friends, family, and neighbors through interactive community events in the Mad River Valley. Events and classes have been hosted at our workspace at Knoll Farm in Fayston, as well as at local schools and community spaces including Green Mountain Valley School, Waitsfield Elementary School, Beeman Elementary School, Pony Farm, Moretown, and Phantom Theater, Warren.
February 8, 2019 | GMVS 7th grade students presented their projects to the community during a special afternoon Read and play event. They shared their toy kitchen, Tesla push car, craft table, benches, train table, and book shelves.
Oct 30- Nov 9, 2018 | We transformed the Phantom Theater into a pop-up escape room in Warren, VT. Over the course of 11 days we hosted 44 groups (175 people) and raised $1,444 for scholarships and tools.
October 25, 2018 | After seven weeks of work, we unveiled our 10' Connect-Four board, plywood air hockey table (powered by shop-vac), robot-themed Plinko board, DIY claw machine, and more at our 2nd annual community carnival.
July 20, 2019 | After a week of non-stop inventing, making, testing and rebuilding, a group of 14 kids and 6 boats made their voyage across the lake.
July 4, 2018 | Kids made a giant birthday cake, robot, and army truck for the Independence day parade in Warren, VT.
June 17, 2018 | Friends and family gathered on Father’s Day to see kids race downhill during finale of our 4th annual soapbox derby program at Knoll Farm.
May 5, 2018 | Over the course of five days, 92 kids from Beeman Elementary School in New Haven, VT built a play hive. Students in grades K-6 and their teachers took part in the building project.
Oct 27 - Nov 5, 2017 | Our first pop-up escape room was open to the public for 10 days. During that time we hosted 52 groups (210 people) participated in this intergenerational game.
October 11, 2017 | Kids designed and built a mud kitchen for Spring Hill School in Waitsfield, Vermont. The mud kitchen play space included a water pump, cupboard, canopy, cutting table, oven and a pair of sinks.
June 7, 2017 | Soapbox cars raced down the hill at the 3rd annual soapbox derby at Knoll Farm in Fayston, VT.
October 23, 2016 | This interactive event featured life-size carnival games including a giant skee-ball ramp, presidential election-themed darts, and a leaf dumper.
July 4, 2016 | Kids made a miniature White House and a candy-launching cow for the 4th of July Parade in Warren, Vermont.
June 24, 2016 | This week-long summer program culminated in a celebration float on the plastic bottle boat creations at Blueberry Lake in Warren, VT.
June 16, 2016 | The bravest kids in the Mad River Valley flew down the hill at Knoll Farm during the 2nd annual Soapbox Derby event.
October 26, 2015 | Families and friends packed into the shop at Knoll Farm for the premier of The Magical Yurt, a fantasy movie made by kids.
July 4, 2015 | Kids and parents pulled soapbox derby cars in the 4th of July parade in Warren, Vermont.
June 7, 2015 | The inaugural Soapbox Derby event at Knoll Farm showcased custom cars made by kids out of scrap wood and lawnmower wheels.
November 14, 2014 | Families and friends attended the first Sculpture School exhibition showcasing life-size sculptures, furniture and structures made by kids.