For the fifth summer in a row, we have the incredible privilege of bringing a master Italian sculptor from Carrara coming to Vermont to teach with Steve in a six-day, intensive workshop. The course will focus on Italian techniques: the special ways in which sculptors in Italy have developed—over centuries of carving marble—to handle tools and apply a variety of methodologies to realize a work in stone.
The course is open to students of all skill levels and interests. We will guide you through the process of realizing your dream in marble, whether by direct carving, or using reference drawings and models. These Italian carvers have been sculpting stone for eight hours per day, for the past twenty or thirty years, carrying on traditions that go back to the Romans—they will have something to offer everyone, whether it’s in the way they hold the hammer and chisel, the manner in which they make accurate judgments when blocking out the form, or the time-saving tricks they use in the finishing process.
To celebrate the ongoing Vermont/Italy relationship, we will be hosting a variety of exciting talks, presentations and videos for “Italian Week.” We’ll look at the history of Italian sculpture, the contemporary sculpture workshops in Italy, and even the historical connection between Carrara and Vermont that goes back to the 19th century!