As part of the unit on Colonial Arts and Crafts, middle school students learned about some of the images used on old gravestones during Colonial times. They then tried their hand at carving an image that might have appeared on a tombstone (or NOT!), using drywall as a carving medium.
Each student was given a 6x6-inch piece of drywall which was glued to a piece of matboard. (This was to help hold it together in the event that it cracked.)
Using a damp sponge, they removed the paper from the top of the drywall, worked out a design and began to carve. They kept the surface just slightly damp while carving to reduce chipping and to minimize dust. After they finished carving, they had the choice of painting it.