Carving Studio brings Italy to Vermont in sculpture course

Aug. 4-9

W. RUTLAND — How do you take a clay model and carve it in marble two, three, or even 10 times larger? Normally, you would have to learn this rare skill in Italy. But this summer, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland will offer a special, 6-day course in advanced Italian compass enlargement techniques, to be taught by three instructors: master artisans Leonardo Corsanini and Massimo Baldoni, and New York artist Stephen Shaheen. The two master carvers are here from the renowned Corsanini Studio in Carrara, Italy, to teach these methods for the first time in the United States. The three instructors will bring more than 60 combined years of carving experience to this unprecedented learning opportunity.

Presentations are free and open to the public. Dates are:

Monday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. – Leonardo Corsanini presents 25 years of sculpture projects.

Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. – If Stone Could Speak by filmmaker Randy Croce

Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. – Artist talk by Alasdair Thomson.

Thursday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. – Italian Sculpture by Steve Shaheen.

Friday, Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. – Artist talk by Steve Shaheen. For more info, call 802-438-2097.

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