Your Portrait in Marble


Instructor: Stephen Shaheen

Dates: September 15-16

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced


Tuition: $550


A face is the first thing we look at on a figurative sculpture, and carving a good portrait has always been one of the most coveted—and challenging—skills.  This course will teach you the basics of how to approach a portrait in stone, by way of a one-to-one translation of a reference model. Facial and cranial anatomy will be discussed, as well as artistic canons of proportion, so that participants gain a solid conceptual understanding of measurements and surface forms, and are not simply copying.  Emphasis on establishing depth, structure, and accurate planes in the beginning will allow carvers to relish carving details features later.

Use of all fundamental chisels and hammers will be discussed and demonstrated.  Participants will engage in every aspect of the carving process: from roughing out the form with chisels to finishing it with rasps, sanding stones and other abrasives.  Additionally, participants will learn about stone selection, pre-carving preparation, and workplace safety concerns. The use of more advanced tools such as diamond saws will be demonstrated.