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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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April 2017

Copper: Forms in Nature  

April 21 - April 23

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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 2017

Bas-relief Sculpture

May 20 - May 21

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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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Metal as Line: Forge, Fuse, Taper and Fabricate for the Hand and Neck

May 20 - May 21

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This workshop focuses on the use of simple tools and techniques to create a variety of jewelry pieces for the neck and hand.

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Letter Carving for Beginner and Intermediate students

May 27 - May 28

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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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June 2017

Open Studio/Alumni Week

June 5 - June 9

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If you ever thought you would like to utilize the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center as your own studio, this is your chance! This week will be ideal for anyone who has taken a workshop during the CSSC’s history and would like to finish a piece or start a new one.

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Carving in Stone

June 12 - June 16

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Stone carving is one of our oldest sculptural traditions.

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Steel Sculpture

June 19 - June 23

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In this workshop 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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Sculptural Painting!

June 24 - June 25

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Learn how to fully utilize acrylic media to create three-dimensional objects for sculptural use and create high relief for two-dimensional paintings.

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Introduction to Needle Felting

June 24 - June 25

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In this beginner workshop, participants will learn the basics of needle felting to create a three-dimensional animal sculpture.

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Kiln Glass – June 24-25

June 24 - June 25

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Working with cut, slumped and fused glass is an exciting and cool (although fiery hot) process to learn.

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Carving in Stone

June 26 - June 30

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Participants will explore and practice different approaches to working, carving and composing with marble and granite.

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Chains and Carved Pendant Fabrication

June 26 - June 30

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This workshop will introduce the student to the versatility of making several chains with copper, brass and silver wire without soldering.

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July 2017

Pulp Paper Sculpture

July 8 - July 9

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

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Introductory Stone Carving

July 8 - July 9

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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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NEW Metal Sculpture and Technique Immersion

July 8 - July 9

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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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Bronze Casting

July 10 - July 14

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Learn about the wonderful world of molten bronze.

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Stone Carving: Making Big Rocks Smaller with Style

July 10 - July 14

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

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Stone Bench Project 2017

July 10 - July 21

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center will continue the Stone Bench Project for teens in the upcoming 2017 summer season.

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Wood Sculpture: Reshaping trees, logs and branches

July 17 - July 21

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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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Myth and Magic Amongst Marble: Art Camp, Ages 6-9

July 17 - July 21

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In exploration in art inspired by fantasy and folklore and the enchanting ambiance of the Carving Studio’s natural surroundings Much like the castle in Sleeping Beauty, this abandoned site of Vermont’s marble industry has become overtaken by nature – and sculpture!  Workshop members are sure to fall under the spell of this alluring kingdom of marble.

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Sculpture Exploration, Art Camp for ages 9-12

July 24 - July 28

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A prolific tour through the world of three-dimensional art In this workshop students will be given the opportunity to sample many sculptural methods and materials and to experience the creative energy of a sculpture center that attracts artists from around the world.

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Stone Carving: Tools and Techniques

July 24 - July 28

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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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NEW Carving Alabaster

July 24 - July 28

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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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Jewelry Scale Metal Casting

July 29 - July 30

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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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NEW Finishing Touches

July 29 - July 30

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The last part of making your work is crucial and can be very satisfying.

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OPEN STONE Symposium

July 31 - August 5

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Experience the magic of Vermont’s historic Marble Valley while creating your own artwork in stone.

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NEW Multifaceted Copper Fabrication

July 31 - August 4

With a focus on materials and techniques of wire, thin sheet metal, copper sheathings and mixed materials, we will dive into the wonderful world of fabrication.

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August 2017

NEW Mold Making

August 5 - August 6

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This workshop will deal with a wide variety of classical and modern mold making techniques and materials.

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Stone Carving 

August 7 - August 11

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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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Exploring Mixed Media Fabrication

August 7 - August 11

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The site where the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center is located is filled with history of the marble industry, both natural and cultural.

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Italian Stone Carving Techniques

August 14 - August 19

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For the fourth summer in a row, we have the incredible privilege of two master Italian sculptors from Carrara coming to Vermont to teach with Steve in a six-day, intensive workshop.

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September 2017

Open Studio/Alumni Week

September 11 - September 15

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If you ever thought you would like to utilize the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center as your own studio, this is your chance! This week will be ideal for anyone who has taken a workshop during the CSSC’s history and would like to finish a piece or start a new one.

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October 2017

Introductory Stone Carving

October 7 - October 8

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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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Steel Sculpture

October 7 - October 8

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In this workshop 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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