Here is a stone carving lesson from Trish Hamilton-Cooper
Stone Carving Lesson:
Working with Sculpture artists from South Africa
National Standards for the Arts:
1d Initiate/define/solve challenging art problems independently using
intellectual skills such as analysis/ synthesis/evaluation.
2d Compare at least two perspectives about using art principles and
functions and defend personal evaluations of these perspectives.
3c Describe the origins of specific images/ideas and explain their
value in artwork.
5b Describe artworks' meanings by analyzing how they are created and
relate to history and culture.
6b Compare art characteristics within a historical period or style
with humanity/science ideas/themes.
The student will:
understand the carving process for stone.
understand the finishing process.
talk and write about a work of sculpture in terms of its shape and texture.
experience stone carving.
better understand their tactile senses.
Sandpaper- a stiff paper covered with abrasive grit coating. Low grit
numbers are for coarse grits while high grit numbers are for finer
Artists to Look at:
Phillip John Evett
Enzo Torcoletti www.sculpt.com
Artists in the Newby Hall Contemporary Sculpture Garden
Make small bags with sand
Carving tools including files and rasps
Students will go on a walk through the Newby Hall Contemporary
Sculpture Garden. They will study and discuss the work.
Students will study the work of artists from South Africa. Students
will have the opportunity to discuss the work with the actual artist.
Students will be shown the correct techniques for carving stone by
working with artists from South Africa. They will also learn safety
1. Begin by roughing out the shape of the stone with a hammer and chisel.
2. Once the shape is realized you should work on the details with a
rasp, file, and finally sandpaper.
3. The final work can be waxed with hard paste wax.
Students will sketch several ideas before carving.
Stop process from time to time to discuss stone carving techniques.
Have your eliminated all the faults in the stone? Does it have a
sense of unity from all sides?
Student Portfolio and Test:
Take pictures of stone carving piece.