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Workshops offer an intensive, hands-on sculpture making experience in a variety of media including stone, wood, metal and more See the Studio.



Participants from varied backgrounds, a wide range of ages and often very different aesthetic sensibilities join in an exchange of ideas and camaraderie. Challenges in personal work encountered during the day are eased in the relaxed communal environment. Presentations of work by instructors, artists in residence, interns and participants enrich the experience.

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center partners with many area businesses to offer a range of accommodations including private homes, area campgrounds, Bed & Breakfast establishments as well as hotels and motels. Bicycles are available for transportation and/or recreational use by participants.There is a break in the middle of the day offering participants an opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of Vermont including the local quarries and surrounding marsh, home to many protected species.

Don’t let finances get in the way of taking an inspiring workshop. To apply for a scholarship or fellowship, please submit up to 10 images (slides or jpegs) of your work, resume/biography, and a statement of how this will impact your development as an artist and evidence of financial need by April 24th. Recipients will be advised by May 4th.

Scholarships are a unique and supportive way of commemorating contributors to arts education. TheVinnie Ream Scholarship commemorates the achievements of women sculptors in the U.S. The Nina and Anthony D’Amore Memorial Scholarship for mature and/or minority sculptors was established by the family of B. Amore, Founder, in honor of their parents who were lifetime supporters of the Arts.

After taking a workshop with a local teen, Gordon initiated the annual Gordon and Louise Marshall Scholarship for area youth to benefit from hands-on workshops at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center. Other educational support for youth include the Vermont Country Store, Hills and Hollow Fund and VELCO Scholarships.

Memorial scholarships honor the sculptural legacies of Steven J. Mestyan, Mathieu Poster, Bob Sindorf and Patrick Farrow. The David Sterling, Jayne and Daniel Pratt and Trow and HoldenScholarships are available for students in financial need.

Artist Angel Fellowships, funded by the CSSC Board of Trustees and other generous contributors, are awarded on merit and cover up to 100% of a session’s fees.

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March 2018

Introductory Stone Carving

March 17, 2018 - March 18, 2018

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Two days of hand-carving techniques and stone carving lore introduce the beginner to reductive art-making and three-dimensional thinking.

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April 2018

Copper: Forms in Nature  

April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018

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With an emphasis on organic forms in nature, we will explore inventive methods and approaches to fabricating with copper sheeting.

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May 2018

Letter Carving for Beginner and Intermediate students

May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018

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This “hands on” weekend workshop will introduce the ancient Roman techniques of V-cut letter forms using hand chisels and mallets.

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Bas-relief Sculpture

May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018

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Bas-relief sculpture beautifies the world around us, but is commonly held to be one of the most difficult forms of sculpture to master – an optical illusion that few attempt!  This is your opportunity to learn how to create (and produce multiples of your own) relief in clay.

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June 2018

Steel Sculpture

June 18, 2018 - June 22, 2018

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Metalworking can feel like you are a wizard with magic powers, or a Jedi learning how to use a lightsaber! In this work shop you will learn the basics of metal sculpture starting with the fundamentals of gas, arc, and MIG welding, oxy-fuel cutting, bending, and forging of mild steel.

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NEW Merging Materials

June 25, 2018 - June 29, 2018

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This workshop will focus on merging stone with other materials.

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July 2018

Introductory Stone Carving

July 7, 2018 - July 8, 2018

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Two days of hand-carving technique and stone carving lore introduce the beginner to reductive art-making and three-dimensional thinking.

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Metal Sculpture and Technique Immersion

July 7, 2018 - July 8, 2018

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Whether your creative vision is functional or fanciful, bring it to the intersection of industrial technique and visual artistry.

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Stone Bench Project 2018

July 9, 2018 - July 20, 2018

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center will continue the Stone Bench Project for teens in the upcoming 2018 summer season.

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Stone Carving: Tools and Techniques

July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018

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Individual instruction will be given to guide you in developing your concept, choosing an appropriate stone, and developing your own style of stone carving.

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Wood Sculpture: Reshaping trees, logs and branches

July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018

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This class will explore the use of wood and trees in art with a foundation in safe woodshop practice and the science and craft of woodworking.

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Carving Alabaster

July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018

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This workshop will focus on direct carving and three dimensional thinking, finding the shape you imagine and carving it out.

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Pulp Paper Sculpture

July 28, 2018 - July 29, 2018

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This two-day workshop will introduce you to the creative possibilities of sculpting with pulp paper.

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Jewelry Scale Metal Casting

July 28, 2018 - July 29, 2018

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This workshop will focus on creating small pieces of jewelry and sculptures in cast metal (bronze and sterling silver) employing the lost-wax casting method.

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Stone Carving: Making Big Rocks Smaller with Style

July 30, 2018 - August 3, 2018

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Turning a found rock into a worked stone takes Intent and Craft.

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August 2018

Bronze Casting

August 6, 2018 - August 10, 2018

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Learn about the wonderful world of molten bronze.

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Stone Carving 

August 6, 2018 - August 10, 2018

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Since ancient times stone has been regarded as a noble gift of Nature that intrigues and challenges those who seek to shape it.

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October 2018

Welded Steel Assemblies

October 5, 2018 - October 7, 2018

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This three-day course is designed to challenge the artist’s imagination to create sculptures from steel and stainless steel shapes that were once industrial scrap.

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Introductory Stone Carving

October 6, 2018 - October 7, 2018

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Two days of hand-carving technique and stone carving lore introduce the beginner to reductive art-making and three-dimensional thinking.

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