All skill levels are welcome. You do not need to be a Shop member to take this course.
The class introduces beginning students to the process of carving stone
with hand tools. Beginners start with alabaster or soapstone - both
fairly soft stones that can be easily carved. The instructor provides
tools for use during the class and assists throughout the process. More
advanced students are provided with a regularly scheduled opportunity to
work, get feedback from other artists, and a chance to both learn and
share the knowledge you've acquired. We have fun.
The class is very informal. The instructor works one-on-one with
students during the class as needed, and is readily available to answer
questions about anything that comes up. You dream it, we'll figure out
how to make it.
Stone carving is dusty. Come dressed to get dirty and wear closed-toed shoes.
If you need a stone to start, you can buy one directly from the
instructor. Alternatively, you can go to Renaissance Stone in Oakland
and buy a stone of your choosing. Choose a piece of alabaster or
soapstone. We do not have the tools to be carving granite.
The twelve class sessions is sufficient for a diligent student to
complete a simple sculpture. Many take more than 12 class sessions.
You are more than welcome to sign up for this class as often as you
Students may register and start their 12 sessions any time during the course; there is no need to begin or end at a particular date.
Single class sessions are available for $25 each at the instructor's discretion.