Sculpture: Stone Carving

Spring classes start in April 21, 2014

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Our sculpture classes are conducted at 'The Compleat Sculptor' located at 90 Vandam Street  in Soho (near Hudson St.). 
Travel directions: convenient to the #1 train to Houston Street, 1 and 1/2 blocks from the C or E train at Spring Street.   The Compleat Sculptor is the most comprehensive sculpture supply center in the USA. :

*Students will be able to purchase tools and materials on site at The Compleat Sculptor.
estimated cost of supplies: $60 for stone carving (hammer, chisels and stone, depending in size and type of stone).

Stone Carving is less difficult than you imagine! Discover how the process of stone carving can be a source of inspiration and even meditative. Learn effective techniques of traditional stone carving with hammer and chisels: cutting, shaping filing and polishing.  Either follow the tradition of making a small maquette (model in clay sculpture) before you start carving, or explore 'direct carving' by discovering the form within the sculpture. 

Saturdays, 10:30am-1:15pm - 5/3 - 6/28 (No Class 5/24)
Location: The Compleat Sculptor, 90 Vandam Street
8 sessions, $315
Instructor: Nicolai Nickson

*The class introduces students to the process of carving stone with hand tools. Beginners usually start with alabaster or soapstone - both fairly soft stones that can be easily carved. The instructor provides individual guidance each class session.

The first session involves discussion on tools and shaping techniques. Students pick a stone to begin working. Several sessions of shaping work follow. As students approach the start of polishing, a brief demonstration of polishing technique is given to aid in the process and then students are turned loose again. Because stone carving with hand tools is a slow process, you can expect to spend a fair amount of time completing your first piece. Past experience says the quickest students will probably spend 4-6 weeks shaping their stone, and 2-3 weeks finishing it and polishing it. There are usually a few advanced students in the studio who can be both helpful and inspiring.


Please Note: The Tuesday evening Stone Carving Class which was previously offered by the Art School will now be offered by the Compleat Sculptor at 90 Vandam Street.  For more information visit them at their website or by phone at (212) 243-6074.


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