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Welcome to MARBLE marble Stone Carving Symposium

We have been sharing the art and joy of stone carving in a non-competitive, culturally diverse atmosphere since 1989. Stone carvers of any experience level are welcome, from first-timers to pros. 
 Whatever your artistic style, from abstract to figurative or representational, our instructors will help you achieve your vision. Learn a variety of carving techniques under the guidance of top-tier sculptors and a team of highly skilled support staff at our spectacular Rocky Mountain Symposium grounds.

It’s the stone carving experience of a lifetime!

Three 8-day sessions are offered each year, always on the same dates.

Each session offers the same curriculum and is appropriate for all skill levels. Sign up for one, two, or all three sessions!

FIRST SESSION
July 2-9

Arrival day is July 1st between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

SECOND SESSION
July 15-22

Arrival day is July 14th between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

THIRD SESSION
July 29-Aug 5

Arrival day is July 28th between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Each 8-day workshop is $1,250 and includes:

A block of beautiful Colorado marble

• A fully-equipped outdoor carving site in a spectacular setting

• Unlimited use of tools—hand, electric, and pneumatic

• Daily open-forum classes, demos, and workshops

• One-on-one instruction throughout the workshop 

An extended plan option is available for $350.00 which provides daily breakfast and lunch makings with a chef-prepared hot dinner in a remote mountain location for 8 days. (Highly recommended!)

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WORKSHOPS

Open-forum workshops and demos are held each day, led by top-tier professional sculptors/instructors and include the following:

  • Safety Workshop
  • Cutting Facets & Flattening the Base
  • Finding Your Form
  • Carving the Face
  • Inline Air Hammers
  • Power Tools
  • Relief Carving
  • Hand Carving
  • Texturing & Finishing
  • Detail Carving 
  • Lettering
  • Professional Art Practice
  • Chisel Sharpening
  • Pinning & Mounting
  • Moving Sculpture

CARVING SITES & TOOLS

Carving sites at our beautiful mountain campus are scattered throughout the woods and along the river. Each carving site is fully equipped with dunnage, power, and an air hose. Visit our What To Bring page for ideas on what will make your carving site ideal. 

Our Tool Shed offers a good selection of power and pneumatic tools in a variety of types and sizes incuding angle grinders, die grinders, air hammers and chisels, hand tools, and more. This is a great opportunity to experiment with tools you haven’t used before. Workshops on every type of tool are offered in each session. 

Two vendors are onsite to keep you well-supplied with tools, blades, abrasives, and everything you could need or want for stone carving.

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COMMUNITY

Meet and mingle with artists from around the country and the world who come to carve our beautiful Colorado marble. The Colorado Stone Quarry is nearby and always pays us a visit, sharing stories and answering questions from our participants. 

The Symposium grounds are located in the quaint town of Marble, Colorado—a pristine mountain setting on the beautiful Crystal River. Guests enjoy visiting town, taking jeep tours into the wilderness, fishing the Crystal river, hiking to local waterfalls, and eating ridiculously good BBQ at Slow Groovin’ while listening to live music on the deck. The picturesque town of Redstone is just down the road where you can browse shops and galleries and enjoy a hand-packed ice cream cone.

For inspiration, wander through the ruins and century-old blocks of Marble scattered throughout the area, remnants of the National Historic Marble Mill site which is adjacent to the Symposium grounds. We offer Historic Mill Site walking tours to our participants.