21st 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 2023 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.

Last year we returned to Camp Ocean Pines successfully with a “Back to the Basics” focus and as a board with little man power to tackle a large project as electricity, we will continue this year with limited power.

At the core of why we love camp these themes are common:

  • 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

This year the CSS symposium will include:

  • 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

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:

Jason ArklesJason Arkles is a sculptor, podcaster (Sculptor’s Funeral podcast), author and figurative sculpting instructor. He uses traditional methods in his clay and stone artworks, tending toward narrative and character studies, particularly of mythology and religious subjects. His professional specialties are portraiture and sacred art.  Jason’s workshop will focus on using the “Sight Size method” for figurative clay sculpting.

Marcel RegueiroMarcel Regueiro was raised in Ibiza, Spain where he studied Blacksmithing. Later he moved to the Basque Country, Spain where he studied Stone carving and then moved to London, UK where he received his BA in Fine Arts Sculpture. Marcel will introduce you to the different types of stone and its qualities. The use and maintenance of hand tools and power tools and how to visualize and realize your vision.

Alex YoshikawaAlex Yoshikawa has a background in glass and transitioned to metalworking and sculpture in 2016 when he started working at Splady Art Studios. He has since been brought on as a partner and co-owner of the business. The studio focuses on high end architectural fabrication and art services including: designing and making custom stands, armatures, and sculptures, as well as advising artists on technical aspects of their work. His workshop will explore working with wax models.

Jennifer DeKoeyer Crump – Symposium Director

Board of Directors— Ed Brooks, Amy Kohl, LeeAnn Peterson, Stephanie Robison, Colleen McDougal 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)

For the weeklong stays, a non-refundable deposit of $250 is due upon registration. For Plan For Plan C and D – you must pay in full at time of registration. Full payment is due by April 1, 2023 no refunds are given after this date.  After you register, you will be sent an information letter with details, which will help you prepare for the symposium.

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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.

2023 Schedule: click link below to see full screen or download.


updated 3.7.23