We are now Planning for the 2019 World Ice Art Championships!

Ice Sculpting Classes

Ice Alaska Ice Sculpting Class Policy

Purpose:  To establish the guidelines for conducting Ice Alaska ice sculpting classes.

            This program allows for interested persons to take advantage of one of the unique experiences of living in interior Alaska.  They will learn both traditional sculpting skills that can be applied to wood, stone or a block of chocolate, but they will also learn how to operate and use tools unique to ice sculpting.  They will learn about the quality of ice and its special properties.  Participants will gain both a sense of pride from their creations and confidence in being able to work with “the world’s best ice.”  The objective is to train future artists in the art of ice sculpting.

            The following procedures will apply to Ice Alaska ice-sculpting classes:

Students Must:

  • Pay a registration fee :

-- $80.00 for Introductory Class        (4 hours) –9 am to 1 pm.

-- $140.00 for Beginners  Class         (8 hours)—9 am to 5:30 pm.

 (Maximum class size of 10).  Class size may be more than 10 with the  approval of Ice Alaska’s, Ice Sculpting instructor.

  • Sign an Ice Alaska hold harmless liability statement.  Participants under age 18 must have parents or guardian signature also. (Attachment 1)
  • Beginners Class --  A  half hour (30min) lunch break will begin around 1:00 p.m.
  • Have warm clothing, gloves, hat and wear insulated foot gear when participating in actual ice sculpting activities.
  • Provide transportation to and from ice-sculpting class site.  The address is Blding 12, room 4 located at 456 Ethel Stoneman Blvd, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709 is the primary location.  Fairbanks Ice Museum located at 2nd and Lacey Street may be utilized at times along with other locations to be determined by the sculpting instructor.
  • Each student successfully completing the ice sculpting class will be awarded a certificate of completion.  Additionally, students will be allowed to transport their sculpture back to their home or other designated location for display.
  • Students successfully completing the Beginners ice sculpting class will be eligible to participate in the “Fairbanks Open” or “Youth Classic” competitions held during the BP World Ice Art Championships.   Successfully completing the Ice Alaska Ice Sculpting Class qualifies the student for free entry into either ice sculpting competition.  They do not have to pay the registration fee.
  • Additionally, students will be encouraged to assist other Ice Alaska artists in  building the “Kid’s Ice Park”
  • Students interested in the art of ice sculpting should consider requesting participation in the 2 and ½ day Advanced Single Block Classic. (Instructor -Junichi Nakamura-Fee $300)
  • The ultimate instruction is the Masters course which is the 5 and ½ day Multi-Block Class ice sculpting course.  (Instructor Junichi Nakamura-Fee $500.00)

Ice Alaska will provide each student:

  • A knowledgeable and experienced Ice Sculpting instructor.  The Advanced and Masters ice sculpting course is taught by Junichi Nakamura recognized as one of the World’s best ice sculptor.  
  •  A classroom with table and chairs for instructional purposes.
  • The instruction will consist of the items listed on the attached syllabus. (Attachment 2)
  • Tools for use during the class including chisels,  electric chainsaw etc.
  • A block of ice measuring approximately 1 ft x 1.5 ft x 2 ft for creating an actual ice sculpture.
  • Hot drinks during the class period and lunch for full day classes. (A full day class is 7 or more continuous hours of instruction )
  • Certificate of Completion

Classes will be scheduled in advance and held in accordance with the Ice Alaska Ice Sculpting Class Policy.  Deviations to this policy are on the written approval of the Chairman, 2016 BP World Ice Art Championships. 


            1--Ice Alaska Hold Harmless Liability Waiver

            2--Ice Sculpting Syllabus of Instruction

            3--Schedule of Ice Sculpting Classes

            4--Instructor compensation policy


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Note:  It would be appreciated if students registered two weeks in advance of the class.




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