Welcome to the 14th Annual Sax Stonecarving Workshops. This
summer we will offer TWO 7-DAY intensive courses. Our workshops are open to all levels of experience - from beginner to professional. We welcome everyone - men, women, young, old. Participants of all levels enjoy one-on-one instruction
in a supportive atmosphere and an unequalled opportunity to study with
the best instructors in the field. Class size is limited, so please register early to secure your place in the
class. For more information, please contact Mark Saxe at (505) 579-9179
Our workshops are sponsored in part by the Embudo Valley Arts Association, a non-profit organization
supporting the arts in our community.
Click here for a more detailed DESCRIPTION of the seven day workshop experience.
SUMMER SESSION ONE 2014
July 12 - 18, 2014
LETTER CARVING IN STONE with KARIN SPRAGUE
We are honored and excited to welcome for the first time Guest Instructor Karin Sprague of Rhode Island.
Spend a week delving into words of wisdom, a memory, a quotation, or a poem.
Karin Sprague will be our Guest Instructor for this class focusing on the ancient art of carving letters in stone. She has been carving words in stone, soulful expressions marking moments in time, for more than twenty years. For Karin, memorialization, the act of remembering, is not just a way of making a living but a calling rooted in compassion and healing.
Letter carving is often considered the most exacting of all art forms. This class is an opportunity to learn the techniques necessary to carve beautiful letters in stone with the simplest of tools: a hammer and a chisel.
The class is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced carvers who would like to add this skill to their repertoire. Karin's understanding of design and her knowledge of fonts will allow students to explore freely the world of lettering.
SUMMER SESSION TWO 2014
August 11 - 17, 2014
TRADITIONAL and CONTEMPORARY CARVING with FRED X. BROWNSTEIN Guest Artist KAZUTAKA UCHIDA
We are delighted and honored to welcome back this year's instructor, FRED X. BROWNSTEIN. Fred has over 40 years of experience carving marble sculpture. He lived and worked in Italy for 16 years - from 1975 through 1991. During his time in Italy, he studied figure drawing with Signiorina Nerina Simi in Florence and was an apprentice for four years in the sculpture studio of Enzo Pasquini in Querceta. There he learned the traditional Italian carving techniques from two master craftsmen, Vencenzo Donati and Sirio de Ranieri. His fourth year was spent as a smodellatore working for Signor Pasquini carving copies of classical sculpture.
Since 1991, Fred has lived in Vermont. He has extensive teaching experience, including ten years at the Carving Studio and ten years at Chesterwood Museum. He has taught workshops at both Scottsdale Artists School and Brookgreen Gardens. He was also an adjunct professor of sculpture for five years at The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. He is a Fellow member of the National Sculpture Society and Professional level member of the Stone Carvers Guild. His resume includes both public and private commissions as well as numerous exhibitions. Fred is a working professional sculptor specializing in figurative marble sculpture. Most of his current work is done on request by commission, but he still takes time to create new sculpture for exhibit and sale. About his work Fred writes, "My goal is to make contemporary marble sculpture with traditional techniques. I believe that any good artist must first be a good craftsman."
Workshop director, Mark Saxe, took a class from Fred in 2000 in Vermont at the Carving Studio, and this experience was one of the inspirations for founding the Sax Stonecarving Workshops in 2001. We have wanted to have Fred as an instructor for years, and could not be more excited to bring him to our class this year!
We are happy to announce the return this year of Guest Artist, Kazutaka Uchida, from Tokyo, Japan. Uchida brings over forty years of stone sculpting experience to bear as he unlocks the inner beauty of the stone. His work is in numerous public, corporate, and musem collections in Europe, Japan, and the US. Uchida incorporates the naturally occuring drama of the stone in his imaginative, sublime, and powerful sculptures. During the class, he will demonstrate his techniques and will present a new slide show with a question and answer period to follow. See more about Kazutaka Uchida by clicking HERE.
workshop will be held at SOUTHWEST STONEWORKS in RINCONADA, NEW
MEXICO (between Santa Fe and Taos).
Class tuition in the summer sessions includes one cubic
foot of limestone. (Other stones are also available at very
reasonable prices, and a comparably priced stone can be substituted for
the limestone.) Lunch each day is included with summer sessions