Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Free marble art workshop for high schoolers

Steve Shaheen demonstrating carving technique.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.—WEST RUTLAND—The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center announces a free one-day carving workshop for high school students. This special course will give participants a chance to experience the rare (and fun!) art of marble sculpture, a craft that has been an important part of Vermont’s history and ongoing cultural legacy.

Each student will be guided by an expert instructor through carving a small sculpture from local Vermont marble, with provided tools and stone. They will also learn about different sculpture tools and techniques, and the marble itself: how it forms, which ones are good for carving, and why it’s been such an important material for Vermont.

Instructor Steve Shaheen is an artist who resides and works in New York City. He has worked and trained extensively in Italy, earning his degree as a stone sculptor in Siena, and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Shaheen’s indoor and outdoor installations are in public and private collections in Europe and the United States. His 100-ton marble and granite monument to 9/11 victims, “Memoria,” was covered by over fifty print and televised reports and he has been lead sculptor for three of the monuments in the Rutland Sculpture Trail.

An anonymous donor is underwriting this workshop, making it free for up to 15 participating students. To register, or for more information, please contact the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center at (802) 438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org.

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