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Workshops offer an intensive, hands-on sculpture making experience. Financial aid is available.



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.

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Don’t let finances get in the way of taking an inspiring workshop.

Scholarships are a unique and supportive way of commemorating contributors to arts education. The New Roads Scholarship was established to encourage exploration of new sculptural media for artistic expression using different materials. The Vinnie Ream Scholarship commemorates the achievements of women sculptors in the U.S. The Gordon Marshall Scholarship is intended for local youth to participate in hands-on workshops. The David Sterling and Trow and Holden Scholarships are available for students in financial need.

Memorial scholarships provide opportunities for aspiring sculptors. The Nina and Anthony D’Amore 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. The Mary Beth Gutkowski Scholarship is available to serious students of sculpture to further their technical ability in stone carving with experts artists and artisans at a professional sculpture workshop in Carrara, Italy. Other scholarships honor the sculpture legacies of Steven J. Mestyan, Jr.; Mathieu J. Poster; Robert Sindorf and Patrick Farrow.

To apply for a scholarship, please submit up to 10 images of your work, resume/biography, evidence of financial need and a statement of how this will impact your development as an artist by April 20th. Recipients will be advised by May 4th.

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March 2014

Ancient Art of Mosaics

March 22, 2014 - March 23, 2014

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Learn about this fascinating art form through the ages to its’ contemporary works today.

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May 2014

Working from a Model to Marble

May 30, 2014 - June 1, 2014

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Anyone who can wield marble carving tools can sculpt directly: it is the most intuitive and straightforward way to shape stone, and requires no training.

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June 2014

Open Studio/Alumni Week

June 2, 2014 - June 6, 2014

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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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NEW Finish Your Sculpture – The Last Steps

June 14, 2014 - June 15, 2014

Why is finishing important? You have finished the carving, so how can you take it to the next level by personalizing your sculpture through various different finishing techniques.

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NEW Jewelry; Draping hard metal on a soft body

June 14, 2014 - June 15, 2014

In this workshop, participants will investigate a spontaneous method for creating flowing, flexible neck pieces from carbon steel rod.

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July 2014

Under the Sea, Art camp for ages 6-8

July 14, 2014 - July 18, 2014

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An exploration in art inspired by creatures of the deep, ocean folklore, and the origins of the stone found beneath the Carving Studio grounds.

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NEW Luminaries

July 14, 2014 - July 18, 2014

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Enlighten yourself with the beauty of illuminated forms.

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Welded Steel Sculpture

July 18, 2014 - July 20, 2014

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This Workshop is an excellent introduction to welding and fabrication as a method for the creation of sculpture.

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NEW Documenting Sculpture

July 19, 2014 - July 20, 2014

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Learn the best practices for documenting sculptural artwork in this weekend workshop.

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NEW The Portrait Bust in Clay

July 28, 2014 - August 1, 2014

Learn how to create a realistic portrait in clay from the live model.

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August 2014

NEW Metal + Figure = Sculpture

August 11, 2014 - August 15, 2014

An intensive and exciting course introducing the necessary skills to create fantastical, large metal sculptures.

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Building your vision from Scratch (and other materials)

August 18, 2014 - August 22, 2014

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If you’ve ever seen an X-ray of a Degas sculpture BEFORE bronze casting, in its original form, the form Degas built and encased in wax, you know he created his masterpieces from what we today call “mixed media.

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September 2014

Sculpture and Gravestone Restoration

September 27, 2014 - September 28, 2014

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The primary goal of this workshop is to educate attendees regarding all aspects of stone preservation procedures.

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NEW Decoy Carving

September 27, 2014 - September 28, 2014

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During this two day workshop, we will work on carving and painting a half scale Common Loon.

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October 2014

NEW Jewelry Scale Metal Casting

October 11, 2014 - October 12, 2014

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Learn about small scale metal  casting for sculpture or jewelry.

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January 2015

Silver Jewelry Making – Thursdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

January 29, 2015 - March 5, 2015

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In this six-week community workshop, you will learn the basic techniques and fundamental skills that will enable you to design and create your own silver jewelry.

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April 2015

Spring into Art – Class full – WAITLIST ONLY

April 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am - April 16, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

In this four-day camp we will take advantage of the reawakened world by making art out of natural materials.

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June 2015

NEW Stone, Wood and More

June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015

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Expand your basic skills and explore your ideas through the materials of stone and/or wood.

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Cold Cast Sculpture

June 22, 2015 - June 26, 2015

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The variety of techniques and media available to today’s sculptor makes the range of possibilities for mold making and casting an exciting adventure.

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Relief Carving

June 27, 2015 - June 28, 2015

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Slate is often overlooked as a potential carving material due to its association with more utilitarian uses such as: roofing, gravestones, floor tile or going back a few years, blackboards.

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July 2015

The Sky is Not the Limit, Art camp for age 6-8

July 6, 2015 - July 10, 2015

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An exploration in art inspired by winged beasts, tales of the air, and space travel Fly to the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center this summer to discover inhabitants of the sky and beyond.

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Flint Knapping

July 11, 2015 - July 12, 2015

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The first evidence of human beings using rock tools is between two and three million years ago.

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Wood Carving: The Basics

July 25, 2015 - July 26, 2015

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Learn how to sharpen tools, pick the right tool for the job and make efficient cuts.

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August 2015

Carve Animals and other Forms in Stone

August 3, 2015 - August 7, 2015

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This course will be focused on the techniques used to carve stone animals and other forms.

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Cubism and Its Geniuses: A Workshop in Collage and Assemblage

August 7, 2015 - August 9, 2015

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How do powerful ideas and discoveries within cultures find expression in art? This intensive 3-day workshop will take the underlying ideas and radical cultural influences that gave rise to Cubism as a springboard for creativity with scissors, paper, paint, found objects, glue, etc.

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October 2015

Intermediate & Advanced Letter Carving

October 3, 2015 - October 4, 2015

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This two-day class is designed for intermediate to advanced carvers looking to improve their letter carving skills.

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January 2016

NEW Sculpture Saturday: Catching Rays: Making Glass Suncatchers

January 30, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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The Interplay between light and colored glass is one that can be explored in myriad ways.

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March 2016

NEW Sculpture Saturday: Make a Pendant

March 12, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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In this one day workshop  learn the fundamental techniques used in making jewelry from sheet and wire.

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April 2016

Fusing and Slumping Glass

April 16, 2016 - April 17, 2016

Glass is a beautiful and fragile material to work.

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NEW PICTURING IT- Spring Break Art Camp – Class Full, Waitlist only

April 18, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - April 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

As the world around us turns over a new leaf to welcome spring, we will be turning some pages in the world of picture book art.

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May 2016

NEW Bas Relief Sculpture

May 21, 2016 - May 22, 2016

From Bernini to Rodin to Matisse, bas-relief sculpture has evolved as a unique sculptural form transforming three dimensions into two.

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June 2016

Mosaic Sculpture and Lightweight Armature Building

June 13, 2016

In this class, each student will have the opportunity to explore different options available to build a lightweight, yet strong armature to provide the support for a mosaic sculpture.

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Pate de Verre and Sculptural Glass Fusion

June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016

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Pate de Verre is possibly one of the oldest glass forming processes, reaching it’s zenith in 19th century France where the term was coined.

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Wood Carving

June 25, 2016 - June 26, 2016

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Two days of individualized wood carving guidance for all skill levels.

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NEW Glass Mosaic on Glass

June 25, 2016 - June 26, 2016

Rich, saturated color, high reflection and varied textures define the outstanding qualities of stained glass mosaics.

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Stone Carving for Women

June 27, 2016 - July 1, 2016

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In this course you will learn how to simplify the challenges of working with a stone block.

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July 2016

NEW Subterranean Secrets: Art Camp for ages 6-8

July 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am - July 22, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

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An exploration in art inspired by the world beneath our feet  Come to the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center this summer to unearth some creativity! Underneath the rolling green hills of Vermont lie pristine beds of white marble, glittery granite, and multicolored slate.

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Make Your Own Sundial

July 23, 2016 - July 24, 2016

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Make your own sundial and synchronize yourself with the predictable constant of time.

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Props, Art Camp for ages 9-12

July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016

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Sculpture Exploration” with a twist! This workshop will provide students with the opportunity to sample many sculptural methods and materials, with the added component of incorporating their projects into a performance at week’s end.

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August 2016

NEW Controlled chaos, beautiful accidents, exquisite decay

August 5, 2016 - August 7, 2016

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This course invites participants to assemble found and created objects—rocks, twigs, old broken toys and furniture, cardboard, paper, fabric—detritus and memorabilia—into new three-dimensional configurations.

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Carving a Pair of Eyes in Wood

August 20, 2016 - August 21, 2016

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In this workshop, we will learn about some of the various ways that eyes can be sculpted (e.

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October 2016

Fusing and Slumping Glass

October 8, 2016 - October 9, 2016

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Glass is a beautiful and fragile material to work.

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Special 3-Day Intensive Stonecarving Workshop- WAIT LIST Only

October 21, 2016 @ 9:00 am - October 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

New York-based artist and carving expert Steve Shaheen will run a special 3-day class for intensive, one-on-one instruction.

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January 2017

NEW Sculpture Saturday: Alabaster Carving

January 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to carve your own piece of alabaster, a rock that is not typically accessible.

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February 2017

Silversmithing

February 18, 2017 - February 19, 2017

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Learn the basic techniques and fundamental skills to create a beautiful silver jewelry.

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May 2017

World Mask Lanterns (Teachers Workshop)

May 10, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Inspired by cultures from around the world, area teachers will learn methods to make illuminated masks for participation in the famous Rutland Halloween Parade.

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June 2017

Carving in Stone

June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017

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Stone carving is one of our oldest sculptural traditions.

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Sculptural Painting!

June 24, 2017 - June 25, 2017

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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Kiln Glass – June 24-25

June 24, 2017 - June 25, 2017

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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, 2017 - June 30, 2017

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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, 2017 - June 30, 2017

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

NEW Multifaceted Copper Fabrication

July 1, 2017

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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NEW Chain Making

July 7, 2017 - July 8, 2017

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This workshop will introduce the student to the possibilities of chain making without soldering.

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

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017

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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, 2017 - July 28, 2017

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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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NEW Finishing Touches

July 29, 2017 - July 30, 2017

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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, 2017 - August 5, 2017

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

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August 2017

NEW Mold Making

August 5, 2017 - August 6, 2017

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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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Italian Stone Carving Techniques

August 13, 2017 - August 18, 2017

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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.

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October 2017

Steel Sculpture

October 7, 2017 - October 8, 2017

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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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$25

World Mask Lanterns

October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Learn the techniques to make illuminated sculpture while preparing for the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center’s participation in the world famous Rutland Halloween Parade.

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January 2018

Letter Carving for Beginners and Intermediate

January 27 - January 28

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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February 2018

Sculpture Saturday: Make a Ring

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Learn the basic techniques and fundamental skills to create a simple ring in silver.

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NEW Chain Making

February 17 - February 18

This workshop will introduce the student to the possibilities of chain making without soldering.

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March 2018

Copper: Forms in Nature  (3-day workshop)

March 2

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

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$30

Sip and Dip

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Join local artist Christine Holzschuh for a “Sip and Dip” community painting event at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.

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April 2018

NEW The Art of Stained Glass – 4-week series: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, & 4/26 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

April 5 @ 6:00 pm - May 10 @ 8:00 pm

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Explore and learn the basics of glass art, as you experience the interplay of light and colored glass.

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$75

Crazy Creature Creations Art Camp

April 16 @ 12:30 pm - April 18 @ 4:30 pm

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Spring Break Art Camp – Grades K-6 What crazy creatures have been hibernating in your imagination this winter? From centaurs and gryphons to chimeras and beasts of your own invention, participants will explore the craziest creatures that never existed! Seeking inspiration from books, folklore, and a variety of materials, we will work together to create our own magical menagerie! Come to the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center over April break and help these creatures spring to life!  .

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May 2018

Introductory Stone Carving

May 5 - May 6

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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June 2018

Open Studio/Alumni Week

June 4 - June 8

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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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Steel Sculpture

June 18 - June 22

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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 - June 29

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This workshop will focus on merging stone with other materials.

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July 2018

NEW Portrait in Clay – 3-day workshop

July 6 - July 8

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This seminar will focus on lectures on anatomy, emphasizing bone structure and discussions on expression and ethnic differences.

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Stone Bench Project 2018

July 9 - July 20

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

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EARTH, WIND, FIRE, WATER! Art Camp – Ages 6-8

July 9 @ 8:30 am - July 13 @ 2:30 pm

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An exploration in art inspired by tales of the classical elements and by the natural elements of the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center’s surroundings.

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Sculpt Me A Story Art Camp – Ages 9-12

July 23 @ 8:30 am - July 27 @ 2:30 pm

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Introduction to three-dimensional design with a twist! This workshop will provide students with the opportunity to sample many sculptural methods and materials, with the added component of incorporating their projects into a performance at week’s end.

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Pulp Paper Sculpture

July 28 - July 29

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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 - July 29

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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 - August 3

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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 - August 10

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Learn about the wonderful world of molten bronze.

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Stone Carving 

August 6 - August 10

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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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NEW On Point and into Mesh

August 11 - August 12

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Tradition and technology meet in this sculpture replication workshop.

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NEW Sculpture Workshop, Interactive and Kinetic

August 11 - August 12

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This course provides technical skills and an aesthetic vocabulary for participants wanting to use kinetic and interactive qualities in their work.

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The Art of Stained Glass

August 11 - August 12

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Enjoy the fascinating medium of colored glass as an art form.

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NEW Exploring Acanthus

August 13 - August 17

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The acanthus has been adapted in both sculpture and architecture from antiquity to neoclassicism.

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September 2018

Open Studio/Alumni Week

September 10 - September 14

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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 2018

Exploring Mixed Media Sculpture

October 6 - October 7

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The site of the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center is rich in history and natural beauty.

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Three Day Intensive Stonecarving Weekend

October 19 - October 21
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New York-based artist and carving expert Steve Shaheen will run a special 3-day class with intensive, one-on-one instruction for skill levels beyond novice (participants should have good tool control and basic carving techniques).

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