Situated in a pristine forest setting, high in the Rocky Mountains, MARBLE/marble offers three sessions annually to artists from around the world. Sculptors of all ages, with various levels of experience and expertise, work on their individual pieces during each intense 8-day workshop session.
The Marble/marble worksite sits amongst stands of aspen, pine and tall Douglas firs along the Crystal River in Marble, Colorado. You’ll carve amidst marble blocks that were quarried 50-90 years ago – an inspiration for any sculptor. The stone for the sculpting symposium is Colorado Yule Marble which comes from the quarries located in Marble, Colorado, high in the Rockies near the ski resort of Aspen. The marble for the Lincoln Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and hundreds of other buildings, was quarried and finished here.
The Symposium supplies three cubic feet of marble (larger blocks and accessories are available at extra charge). Each day we have an open forum workshop on topics covering all aspects of creating a stone sculpture such as Evaluating and Selecting A Stone; Tools & Safety; Roughing Out and Pointing Up; Texturing and Finishing; Tool Maintenance and Sharpening; Lettering and Relief Carving; Pinning and Mounting; Moving and Handling; Cool Tools and inspirational Guest-Instructor’s classes and demos.
During the day our instructors conduct one-on-one consultations and working demonstrations. The opportunity for instruction is always available to help participants tailor their own unique approach to stone carving.