We offer a range of sessions to suit all skill levels and ages!

The Art of Carving

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Letter Carving Workshop

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Work on Your Own

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Adult Hand Carving

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Kids Hand Carving

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ILS 2018 T-Shirt

Cascades Inn is offering special rates for Limestone Symposium patrons:

Traveler’s dorm: $20/weeknight, $25/weekend night.
– Price is per bed.

Standard rooms: $44/weeknight, $54/weekend night.
– Single king, single queen, or 2 full size beds.

Deluxe rooms: $54/weeknight, $64/weekend night.
– 2 queen beds, or 1 king with full size sofa bed

The Art of Carving I, II & III

Art of Carving I: June 3 – 9, 2018 with Visiting Master Carver Bob Ragan and Amy Brier
Art of Carving II: June 10 – 16, 2018 with Amy Brier and others TBD
Art of Carving III: June 17 – 23, 2018 with Amy Brier and others TBD

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, and much more. Different 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. The week continues with techniques for carving and basic principles of sculpting. Instruction is geared toward each participant’s skills, needs and level of proficiency. Tools are not provided.

Included in each session: Up to 8 cubic feet of limestone per session (approximately 1,200 pounds), compressed air, electricity, water, forklift, snacks, beverages, official Symposium t-shirt.

$875 per session
$825 Early Bird special – Register by April 1st, 2018

Letter Carving Workshop

Limited to 15 participants – register today!

June 2, 2018 – 9:00am – 1:00pm at Lilly Library, IU (learn to make the letter form with brush and ink on paper)
June 3, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00 at the Limestone Symposium
June 4, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00 at the Limestone Symposium

The Brush Lettering class at the Lilly Library will be from 9:00am – 1:00pm Saturday June 2nd. Instruction continues with letter carving in stone at the Symposium site on Sunday June 3, and Monday June 4, 9:00-4:00 both days. Students will apply what they learned making brush lettering to carving classic V-cut letters in stone, using a chisel and mallet.

Workshop participants will need to bring:

  • A couple of sharpened pencils
  • A soft eraser
  • A pair of scissors
  • A small tube of black gouache or watercolor paint (or any darker color)
  • A flat-bottomed wide-top water container (about 4″ high)
  • A notebook for their own note taking
  • A 12 – 18″ straightedge
  • $6 for lettering brush

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. Janey will have lettering brushes for sale. Paper, stone, and tools will be provided. Participants must bring safety glasses and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes; no sandals or flip-flops permitted at the Symposium site.

Workshop price: $250

Work on Your Own

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

Adult Hand Carving

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

Kids Hand Carving – Ages 10 – 17

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, water, drinks and snacks, 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

Catered Lunch

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.