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ABOUT CALIFORNIA SCULPTORS SYMPOSIUM

California Sculptors Symposium (CSS) is a 501c3 established in 2003 to promote education in sculpture. This annual, week-long, symposium is held in beautiful Cambria, California. The camp is nestled in a rural setting, next to the ocean away, from the distractions of daily life. This educational event is non-discriminatory and non-judgmental bringing together about 50-60 attendees and 6-8 professional instructors each year. Throughout the week, lectures and demonstrations on design, technical topics, and professional trade information are aimed at increasing the sculptors’ creativity and expertise. We invite students, artists of all levels are, and the general public to gain a better understanding of how sculptures are created. It is a stimulating environment where participants come together to learn and share their enjoyment of working with stone and other media.

The first symposium in 2003 introduced a program that welcomed educators, artists and students to an energetic, creative environment overlooking the Pacific Ocean. CSS continues to feature lectures and demonstrations by premier sculptors. Instructors are experienced in stone carving, wood carving, fibers, life drawing and teach general to advanced sculpting techniques. At the end of the symposium, CSS puts on a juried art exhibition, those in attendance can display up to three artworks; this one-day exhibition is held onsite at Camp ocean Pines. We hope you will join us for a fantastic week.

2019 Instructors


Sheri Tharp
Sheri Tharp

Sheri Tharp

https://www.tharpcarvingstudio.com

Sheri brings her experiences as a woodworker, woodcarver and artist to the carving studio.  She has taught Woodcarving to adults and children for the last 33 years.  

Mask Workshop: Whether inspired by an ethnic mask or your imagination turn a chunk of wood into a wearable art piece.  There will be a safety and technique demos on how to get the basic mask shaped.  Tools and wood will be supplied by the instructor for use and purchase.

 


Kazutaka Uchida
Kazutaka Uchida

Kazutaka Uchida

http://kazutaka-uchida.amebaownd.com/

Uchida has completed many public and corporate commissions throughout Japan, and his work is in the permanent collection of some of the world’s most respected museums, including most recently, the Museum of Fine Art in Kyoto and Toyota Museum of Fine Art.

Stone Workshop: MAKING ART is like creating spirit, the essence of alcohol. To create a high-quality spirit one must remove the impurities and pursue the purity. Similarly, a work of art is a completed form which finally, in the end, represents the artist’s essence, after all that is superficial and surplus has been removed. The concept of complete, however, is an illusion, a misconception. Complete does not exist in art making. That is why artists become lifelong learners and continue working. Sculptors carve and polish stones, not to make beautiful stones, rather, the forms they make are the result of their search for the limits of their artistic capabilities. Uchida will share techniques and how to find the target shape in the stone.


Jonathan Bickart
Jonathan Bickart

Jonathan Bickart

http://jonathanbickart.com

Jonathan Bickart has been teaching Figurative Sculpture and Anatomy for over 30 years now.  Jonathan is one of Southern California’s most renowned portrait sculptors with both public and private commissions to his credits, including a 14′ bronze of Colonel Griffith welcoming visitors at the entrance of Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA.  Jonathan’s own work delves into surrealism and the human condition.

Clay Workshop: Teaching figurative sculpture to hundreds of students over the last three decades has allowed me to custom tailor a unique approach with each sculptor. It ranges from offering very classical techniques using proportional calipers, sighting, anatomical landmarks,  mathematical and historical references. To absolute creative freedom to explore the human figure without traditional rules, using eye hand skills and a great imagination. We will be creating from two models and I would be encouraging risk taking, abstractions, fragments, exaggerations, and telling stories in clay about the human condition.


Matt Auvinen
Matt Auvinen

Matt Auvinen

http://www.mattauvinen.com

“While traveling through Europe on my personal ‘Grand Tour’ in 1980, I was fascinated by the work of the Greek, Renaissance and Baroque masters,” Matt says. “Michelangelo and Bernini were able to transform hard marble into something carnal and plastic.”

In between earning his undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico, and his Master of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the Finnish-born sculptor became an artisan for several stone carving laboratories in Pietrasanta, Italy, and a sculpture and drawing instructor in Rome and Florence.

“It was enriching to share my experience in the stone carving industry and my favorite museums with my students,” recalls Matt. In all, Matt spent 25 years of his career in Italy before returning to California. In his last seven years in Italy, he worked for a school of restoration in Venice, training restoration students to carve stone. “Understanding, examining and repairing pieces from antiquity have informed my sculptures.”

Workshop on Making Bases: Participants will learn how to transform rough blocks of stone into custom made bases for their artworks. I will demonstrate the most effective grinders and diamond disks for making flat and curved surfaces at 90 degree angles. Hand finishing techniques and tools with sanding stones and paper will be covered as well as hand polishing. The advantages of this workshop are making the most of left-over material and being cost effective with your stone. Making your own bases will permit you to make specific and suitable sizes for your sculptures.


Barbara Chesnut
Barbara Chesnut

Barbara Chesnut

http://www.barbarachesnut.com

Barbara worked in a ceramic studio in Paros, Greece and marble studios in Pietrasanta and Querceta, Italy.  She has worked with the figure and anatomical parts as subjects but is currently exploring free form – adapting to the natural shape of the stone fragment. Also, she recently completed a series of sculptural forms of ice showing the interplay of light and shadow.

Workshop: 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.