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Beginning Stone Carving for Teens: Ages 13 – 18

The art of stone carving dates back to 38,000 BCE. Students will learn about this art form’s cross-cultural history and basic hand-carving techniques. Professional artist and sculptor Claire McArdle will share her process of conceptualizing ideas and creating a small maquette in clay to guide students through the process of carving their creations out of a block of Brazilian soapstone, shaping, and polishing.

This camp is for teens who have an interest in art and craft. No experience is needed, but you must be able to stand and work physically for the duration of the project with group breaks and time for sharing lunch. Upon registration, a list of items to bring will be emailed to each student. Each day will begin with a demonstration and reference to tools, safety, and guidance to each individual student sculptor.

This camp will take place at McArdle’s studio on her ranch in rural Boulder County, NOT at the Pottery Lab. Students will work in shaded work areas outside to carve. Students will need to have their own method of transportation to and from the studio in Longmont.

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