The Stone Arts School is committed to creating an exciting environment where sculptors from around the world can explore traditional and modern stone carving techniques with working professionals, while promoting granite as a vital material for artistic expression.
In the summer of 2006 The Vermont Granite Museum and Stone Arts School launched a new curriculum for the Stone Arts School (SAS) at their historic Jones Brothers facility. SAS will tap the deep reservoir of talents, materials and capabilities of Barre's century-old granite industry to provide sculptors and associated arts and building professionals with hands-on instruction by many of the area's most accomplished working sculptors and stone workers, in the vanishing art of granite sculpture and its related disciplines.
Our workshops for beginners, intermediate and advanced sculptors, will explore traditional and modern techniques of working with granite as a sculptural medium, as well as its functional application in landscape and architecture. The course offerings will include many inter-related subjects and preparatory sessions. Currently without a regular curriculum, we will costume fit, by making special arrangements with individual area sculptors, the courses you need.
Our unique access to industry resources, highly skilled resident sculptors and related arts professionals, combined with our long celebrated history in the stone trades, distinguishes us among similar programs in the U.S. Our sculptors will be encouraged to use their own commissioned work for case studies and demonstrations, affording participants rare insights into the world of the professional granite sculptor.
The Stone Arts School promises to educate, inspire and encourage a new generation of stone arts professionals that are equipped with the necessary skills to create and innovate with one of our most challenging natural materials.