Stone Carving Workshop

Design, carve, and polish your own sculpture in alabaster

Using traditional manual tools like a hammer, point, flat and tooth chisels along with rasps you will learn the How To techniques of Blocking, Detailing, and Finishing a stone sculpture in alabaster in this during this 1-day workshop class with professional stone sculptor, Jyl Bonaguro.

Stone Carving Workshop
$85 Registration Fee on CourseHorse
10am-4:30pm on Saturdays

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April 20, 2024
May 5, 2024

$95 Additional Materials Fee Collected at Time of Class

Jyl Bonaguro’s Art Sculpture Studio

Workshop 4200
4200 W Diversey Ave 17A, Chicago, IL

Details: Adults Only. No previous experience is required to participate. Tools for sculpture students are provided through the generosity of the Awesome Foundation. Workshop fee includes one small block of alabaster, tools for carving, safety glasses, gloves and dust masks. If you are sensitive to noise, then you are encouraged to bring your own earplugs. Lunch is not included – BYOL

Read:Patience is a Virtue: My Afternoon as a Stone Carver with Sculptor Jyl Bonaguro”,” by Nicole NeSmith, NewCity Art on the class

About Alabaster: Instead of harder stone grades like marble or limestone, students will carve Alabaster. Alabaster is a lightly colored, translucent, soft stone that has been used throughout the world for stone objects. Since ancient times, it has been used to create small items like perfume bottles to life size statues. Its softness makes it a perfect beginner carving stone, while the translucency makes it quite beautiful as a piece of art.

About Jyl: Jyl Bonaguro’s sculptures have been featured in CS Modern Luxury Interiors, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, New City Art, and Sheridan Road and are in private art collections throughout the U.S. Exhibitions include: Red Dot Miami, Scope Miami, Aqua Art Miami, and “Nature in Motion” at Lincoln Park Zoo. Her current carving project, a female figure at the scale of Michelangelo’s David – the Modern Athena sculpture, has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation.

About Workshop 4200: Since 2015, Workshop 4200 has provided a much needed home for all kinds of creators: makers, builders, artists, teachers, performers, designers, engineers, and innovators. Jyl Bonaguro has had her professional sculpture studio here since 2016.

FAQ: These Workshops are offered thru CourseHorse. If you purchased your class on CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please visit the CourseHorse site and contact their customer service team.

These workshops are supported via a grant from the Awesome Foundation Chicago. The Chicago chapter of the Awesome Foundation has been funding awesomeness in Chicagoland since the summer of 2011. They have funded everything from little free libraries and puppet shows to electron microscopes and a temporary mini golf course on Milwaukee Avenue with no-strings-attached $1,000 grants. Learn more about the Awesome Foundation