We offer a range of sessions to suit all skill levels and ages.
The Art of Carving
Letter Carving Workshop
Work on Your Own
Adult Hand Carving
Kids Hand Carving
Session 1: June 3 – 9, 2018
Session 2: June 17 – 23, 2018
Each full session consists of seven days of immersive instruction in the art of carving limestone, including design, moving stone, splitting blocks, roughing out, using hand and pneumatic tools, lettering, and much more. Different guest instructors are featured each session. An introduction to using basic tools, roughing out, and working from a maquette or drawing is given on the first day. Techniques for carving and basic principles of sculpting are covered on day two. Tools are not provided.
Included in Sessions I and II: Up to 8 cubic feet of limestone per session (approximately 1,200 pounds), compressed air, electricity, water, forklift, continental breakfast, snacks, beverages, official Symposium t-shirt.
$875 per session
$825 Early Bird special – register by March 16, 2018
A $1600 value, made possible by our generous sponsors
June 2, 2018 – 1/2 day at Lilly Library, IU (learn to make the letter form with brush and ink)
June 3, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00 at the Limestone Symposium
June 4, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00 at the Limestone Symposium
Expert calligrapher and letter carver Janey Westin will lead you through the lettering process from making the letter form to carving it in the stone.
$250 per session
June 10 – 16, 2018
Only for those registered for Art of Carving session. Independent Carving offers a chance to continue working in the stimulating Symposium atmosphere. Instruction is not provided.
Included: Use of power, forklift, breakfast, drinks and snacks.
$400 per session
Or $65 per day
June 4 – 8, 2018
June 18 – 22, 2018
Beginning instruction in hand carving; work at your own pace. One or more days, pay as you go. Multiple days do not need to be consecutive. Workshops are Half Day (9am – 12pm) or Full Day (9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm) Monday – Friday. Participants must bring safety glasses and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes; no sandals or flip-flops permitted.
Included: Instruction, drinks, snacks, loan of tools, and stone (assorted sizes up to 2 cubic feet: approximately 300 pounds). Sorry, we cannot provide stone cut to order for day carving.
Hand carvers are welcome to work on their own and/or enjoy lunch (bring your own or add our lunch option) from 12pm -2pm.
$55 Half Day (single day): 9am – 12pm
$100 Full Day (single day): 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm
$250 Full Week, Half Days (Mon to Fri): 9am – 12pm
$450 Full Week, Full Days (Mon to Fri) 9am – 12pm and 2pm – 5pm
June 11 – 15, 2018
Thanks to the generous support of the Young Family Endowment, we are able to offer youth hand carving at a special reduced price: $75 for one week of instruction (five consecutive mornings). Class size is limited to 10 students.
Kids learn to carve on limestone blocks approximately 8 inches square. Workshops are 9 am-12 pm, Monday-Friday. Participants must bring safety glasses, work gloves, and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes; no sandals or flip-flops permitted. Parents must accompany children ages 10-12.
Included: Instruction, tools, and stone. Sorry, per-day instruction is not available.
$75 per 5-day week
9am – 12pm
Menu varies every day.
$84 for those registered for Art of Carving, Figure Carving, and Work on Your Own weeks.
$60 / week, or $12 / day for those registered for Hand carving.
Please indicate if you are vegetarian.