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ABOUT CALIFORNIA SCULPTORS’ SYMPOSIUM

The California Sculptors Symposium, Inc., a non-profit corporation managed by sculptors, holds a weeklong sculpture symposium at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, California. The camp is nestled in a rural setting next to the ocean away from the distractions of daily life. We invite students and the general public to gain a better understanding of how sculptures are created. This is an educational event that is non-discriminatory and non-judgmental. Throughout the week, lectures and demonstrations on design, technical topics, and professional trade information are aimed at increasing the sculptors’ creativity and expertise. It is a stimulating environment where participants come together to learn and share their enjoyment of working with stone and other media.


THIS YEAR’S NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED INSTRUCTORS

Matt Auvinen
Matt Auvinen
Workshop: Collaborative Totem Pole Project

This collaborative totem pole project is in its second year of creating a permanent installation on the grounds of Camp Ocean Pines. Participants will be working off of sketches, or models that they will prepare prior to and then bring to the workshop. Uniform limestone blocks will be provided for the assemblage.

Matt Auvinen An artist and educator for thirty years, Matt spent two decades teaching in Florence while translating Carridori’s classic book on the art of stone sculpture. – mattauvinen.com


Karen Cope-Swatton
Workshop: Figurative Clay Life Model (co-hosting)

Working in water base or oil base clay, participants will be studying and sculpting two life models over a five-day period. This vibrant class will push the limits of anatomy infused with passion. Two instructors will be working with the class providing participants more one-on-one guidance and critiques. The workshop will be geared towards both beginning and advanced sculptors. Co-hosted by Karen Cope-Swatton and Shelley Rogers-Johnson.

Karen Cope-Swatton A classically trained sculptor who studied figurative sculpture and academic drawing at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Her bronze and cast works are on exhibit and reside in public and private collections in the US, Ireland and Italy. copestudios.com

Stephanie Metz
Stephanie Metz
Workshop: 3-D Textiles

Learn her techniques for creating three-dimensional sculpture by compressing wool into felt using simple hand tools. Demos of building support armatures, manipulating surface finishes, and incorporating mixed media will be covered in this fast-paced workshop. Come away with a small finished piece or samples of techniques that can be incorporate into other work. Tools and materials will be supplied by the instructor for use and purchase.

Stephanie Metz Known for her intriguing biomorphic wool sculptures that reflect her background in figurative anatomy. Metz is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco; her work is in the collection of the Centre for Craft & Design in the U.K. and the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California. – stephaniemetz.com


John Thompson
John Thompson
Workshop: Wood Carving

Beginners and more advanced carvers will be invited to use basswood to carve in relief or a fully three-dimensional sculpture. There will be a short safety talk, proper tool use and care, and a few demos. Participants are encouraged start a new project or bring one in process. Contact John directly if you have special requests or questions.

John Thompson A highly experienced wood-carver, John is best known for the original horses and dragons created for the Missoula Carousel in Montana and other carousels around the USA. johnthompson@hobbyhorsearts.com
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Shelley Rogers
Shelley Rogers
Workshop: Figurative Clay Life Model (co-hosting)

Working in water base or oil base clay, participants will be studying and sculpting two life models over a five-day period. This vibrant class will push the limits of anatomy infused with passion. Two instructors will be working with the class providing participants more one-on-one guidance and critiques. The workshop will be geared towards both beginning and advanced sculptors. Co-hosted by Karen Cope-Swatton and Shelley Rogers-Johnson.

Shelley Rogers-Johnson A ceramic artist for the past sixteen years, Shelley has taught both children and adult classes in ceramics and sculpture. handwork@packbell.net


Barbara Chesnut
Barbara Chesnut
Workshop: Beginning Stone

Instruction for beginners on tools and techniques of stone carving. Barbara will guide you in developing your concept, choosing an appropriate stone, and how to use hand and power tools.

Barbara Chesnut has lived and worked in marble studios in Paros, Greece and Pietrasanta and Querceta, Italy. She has worked with the figure and body as a subject and is currently creating sculpture that is more abstract and free form. – barbarachesnut.com