19th Annual California Sculptors Symposium April 16-23, 2023

NOTE:  The California Sculptors Symposium (CSS) and Camp Ocean Pines are committed to the health and safety of participating artists.  For this reason, ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE VACCINATED TO ATTEND THE 2022 SYMPOSIUM.   

Location:  Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, California

How does a week long vacation sound?  Yeah?
And what better way to spend it than with other creatives making sculpture.
Your meals are covered.
Your room is covered.
Talented instructors from near and far
ALL for only $164/day!
You can’t beat that, sometimes just a hotel room costs that and it doesn’t come with all the other good stuff!
Here are the details:

California Sculptors Symposium (CSS) is an annual, week-long program of workshops and demonstrations given by sculptors for sculptors. Intimate hands-on sessions with expert instructors will improve your technique, inspire your designs and build your expertise. Participants return to CSS year after year to share their passion for working with stone, wood, metal and clay. It’s a place to learn, exchange ideas and recharge your creative batteries for both the novice and the seasoned artist.

These core themes shape how our symposium is organized :

  • We love & miss the camaraderie of working with other sculptors

  • We have valuable expertise within the CSS tribe that can be shared

  • We need to set aside time for ourselves to replenish and be creative

While this year will be a little different than the normal CSS symposia, it will include our core offerings while possibly offering an unexpected nudge in new creative directions. It includes:

  • Internationally known, talented instructors

  • Presentations and discussions of artists’ works

  • Peers with whom sculptors can share tips and learn new techniques

  • Excellent food in a peaceful, natural setting

  • Limitless time to sculpt…

  • Everyone attending is required to have two doses of vaccination

Due to factors beyond our control, the 2023 CSS Symposium will not include air and power on the field or present a public art show. Did you know the symposium didn’t always have these elements and I’ve had long timers remember it fondly because you were more apt to chat while working, share tips, ask questions. It’s also a great chance to try out the other workshops.

Camp Ocean Pines is an independent, non-profit camp and conference center, nestled in a pine forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the charming town of Cambria. The camp features bunk-style cabins, tent camping sites and delicious meals served in the main lodge. The program will keep you busy, but still provides time to relax with friends, stroll on the beach and visit nearby attractions.

Whether you are returning or attending for the first time, we look forward to seeing you in April!

Our talented instructors this year are:


Jennifer DeKoeyer Crump – Symposium Director

Board of Directors— Ed Brooks, Amy Kohl, LeeAnn Peterson, Stephanie Robison and Jennifer DeKoeyer.


  • Plan A – lodging, activities, meals, and all instruction for 7 nights – $1150.00

  • Plan B – off site lodging, all activities, meals plus all instruction for the full week – $1000.00

  • Plan C – day rate includes 1 night’s lodging, 3 meals and all instruction – $220.00

  • Plan D – day rate – off site lodging, 3 meals and all instruction – $190.00

  • Plan E – work study rate with onsite lodging, all meals and activities – $739.00  (work study artists must be approved by symposium director)

  • Plan F – work study rate with off site lodging, all meals and activities – $630.00  (work study artists must be approved by symposium director)

Initial $100.00 non-refundable deposit (except for Plan C and D – you must pay in full at time of registration) is required with registration and full payment is due by April 1, 2023. There are no refunds after April 1, 2023.  After you register, you will be sent an information letter with details, which will help you prepare for the symposium.

Need help with registration, please contact Camp Ocean Pines at info@campoceanpines.org or call 805-927-0254.

Have questions about the instructors or general symposium questions email Jennifer at cssjencrump@gmail.com .

On Sunday, April 16, 2023:  Check in begins at 1:00 pm, set up work areas followed by happy hour and dinner.

Last meal is breakfast on Sunday, April 23, 2023.

Annual Show

Show and Tell:

Historically the CSS Symposium has featured a public exhibition of participating artists’ work. This year we will offer up a show and tell walk through of artists spaces where the public can view the artists processes and ask questions. Family and Friends are welcome.

updated 12.02.22