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Alabaster Carving 1W24

Age Group: 
Teens (17+), Adults

Find the shape you imagine and carve it out of alabaster, with its stunning beauty and subtle natural colors. Learn direct carving and 3-dimensional thinking, finding the shape as you carve it. Understand the material using a variety of tools, from basic chisels to how to polish and create final textures. Leave your work out for the long weekend. Every day will include class demonstrations, teaching, and discussions about techniques, images and tools. End with a small, finished sculpture.

Each person will build on their individual skills; individual instruction will accommodate all levels of experience.

Limit 8 students.

Nora Valdez

Nora Valdez

Nora Valdez has worked and exhibited as a sculptor and public artist since 1977.

In 1982, she graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Mercedes San Luis, Argentina) with the title of Professor of Fine Arts. From the beginning, she has used sculpture and installations to create images that reflect on the nature of change, the life of the individual and the natural or societal forces that buffet our souls. Most recently her focus has been on the nature of home, the immigrant experience and roots/rootlessness. Her thematic concerns are also reflected in her involvement with the community: doing public art projects and giving workshops at a variety of institutions. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues in Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and the United States, including numerous international Sculpture Symposiums.

Every summer, Nora participates in The Stone Bench Project at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, in Rutland, VT. The project grew out of an exchange program with Ayacucho, Peru begun in 2005, helping teens reclaim their stone carving and cultural heritage. Inspired by the success in Ayacucho, instructor Nora Valdez continued the annual project in West Rutland, starting in 2009.

Stone Carving, Sculpture, Public Engagement
Materials to bring to class:


*Materials fee of $80 payable to the instructor on the first day of the workshop.