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Workshops & Retreats

Finding Your Style

When NWSSA was soliciting topics for workshops, one of the popular suggestions was: "Finding Your Style."

Carl Nelson had dinner one night with Tim Reisenauer, a friend who is a psychologist, and who occasionally teaches workshops around "positive psychology. Carl asked Martin if he would be willing to do a workshop for stone carvers. He had never worked with a group of artists and thought it might be fun. And so the "Finding Your Style" workshop was born.

Two books that are also concerned with finding the artist within you are: I'd Rather Be in the Studio – The Artist No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion by Alyson Stanfield and a slightly older and still very relevant book the Artist's Way – A Spiritual Path to Creativity by Julia Cameron.

Both books are well organized self-help efforts with exercises and insights, which could help you "Find Your Style" or at least get you moving towards it.

"Finding Your Style" Workshop was held March 1st, 2014. We are planning to schedule another similar class in a few months!

Spring 2014 Hand Carving Retreat

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park   Karla Matzke’s Fine Art Gallery on Camano Island. In foreground are two granite sculptures by  Verena Schwippert.

April 25, 26 and 27, 2014

This three-day sculpture workshop is designed to accommodate beginning carvers as well as more experienced sculptors. 

Instruction will cover history, concepts, processes, techniques, materials, and tools associated with the creation of three dimensional forms in Stone. Marenakos Rock Center will be our stone and tool vendor, and there will be loaner tools available.

About Instructor, Master Stone Carver Alexandra Morosco:  Alexandra has been working as a professional sculptor and educator since 1991. For more information about her work,  visit her website: www.moroscofinearts.com

Cost: $388. The 3 day workshop includes: Instruction with Master Carver, catered lunches every day, dinner Friday and Saturday and party Sat. 26th evening. 

The food is catered by Donna King. Last year she brought different salads, desserts and always a hot dish or two, and accommodated for particular food needs (gluten free and vegetarian). If you choose to stay at Cama Beach Cabins, the cost is $499.  

RSVP with deposit due by March 1st.

For further information and full package mailed to you: do not hesitate to call Karla Matzke 360-387-2759 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island, WA  98282  360-387-2759  matzkefineart.com

Vancouver Spring Event

An instructional event for advanced stone carvers.  kiss
 
A five-day course of instruction at Pothier Enterprises' place of business in Delta, BC, very close to the Canada/US border. (local sculptural tools dealer.) 
Michael Binkley and George Pratt, internationally known sculptors, will be the instructors. (Websites: www.binkleysculpture.com and www.granitecarver.com) Andrew Pothier is event convenor/field manager. (www.pothierenterprises.com
Workshop Mission
In working among sculptors over the years, we perceive a hardcore contingent among them who share our obsession with our craft – a small, dedicated nucleus with two burning aspirations: 
  1. To acquire the skills and tools that will elevate them to professional sculptors, making a living at the work they love. 
  2. Concurrently, gaining the insights needed to competently instruct others at symposia. 
VANCOUVER SPRING workshop will be five eight-hour days with no distractions, aimed at bringing those sculptors to that level. It will be detail-oriented rather than project oriented; i.e., a participant may be assigned a workshop project, but it could be often interrupted to address and resolve, for everyone, the issues arising from it. Instruction in state-of-the-art tooling will be constant. Emphasiswill be given to teaching how the professional may sustain her/his living by creating a collection of saleable 'coffee-table’ sculptures, including advice about marketing. 
The creation, pricing and management of large outdoor works will be addressed. Expect to work with diamond-grinding equipment on ornamental stones that stymie most sculptors, particularly JADE. 
To be able to provide one-on-one instruction, the course will be limited to 20 participants.
  • There is no official registrational/educational body in Canada for certification of stone carving instructors, but those who satisfactorily complete the course will be given a certificate of proficiency from the convening professionals.
  • Note: Vancouver Spring is not a symposium in the ‘camp’ sense. The instructional workshop is bare bones. A logistical/detail sheet will be available, 
i.e., all about local accommodation, eateries, and more. The course will be Monday, May 5 through Friday, May 9, 2014, with setup on Sunday, May 4.
Fee will be $875 Canadian + any appropriate tax.
For registration and/or queries, contact Andrew Pothier at 604 946 3811 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.