Expressing the Self Through Stone

Levels: All

Offered: June 10th and 11th-, 9am - 4pm

Instructor: Michael Bashista

Experience the tactile. Carve alabaster. Shape space using the direct carve method. Over one weekend we will rough out, refine, sand, and polish a soft stone. In doing so we will face our apprehensions and release our creativity by irrevocably changing an object that has existed for millions of years and, in moments, hours and days, change it for millions of years to come. In the stone’s stillness, there is great movement. In the sculptor’s hands, there are great possibilities.

Instructor Michael Bashista came late in life to carving stone. He confessed no art talent until discovering the uniqueness of negative space offered by the plasticity of stone. “The essence of sculpture is the perception of space,” to quote Isamu Noguchi. Michael has taught at various Community Colleges over the past 30 years. For the past 3 years his “Stone and Self “workshop has been conducted at the Santa Cruz Zen Center. He annually participates in Santa Cruz County Open Studios and various Art Shows.

Materials Fee: $25 materials fee (paid to instructor)

Additional Instructions: Bring a lunch and a pair of leather or cloth gloves (fingers can be exposed). Material Fee of $25 includes one 20-25 lb stone, ear, eye, and breathing protection, and shared used of hand carving tools.

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