The Sculpture Channel

Exercises we recommend

Here below a list of exercises that we offer and recommend for gradually developing your sculpting skills from a beginner to advanced stone carver. 

Letter Carving

This course tackles the basics of letter carving and provides you with all the necessary insights to get you started. Chiselling techniques, various styles and the most common patterns are discussed and you will be closely guided through the carving process of basic shapes.

The Roman Capital will be the main focus of the carving process.

At the end of the course you will have gained the basic knowledge of the craft and will be able to continue practicing on your own.

The possibility to further specialize in this craft will be individually discussed adapting to the wishes of the students.

A relatively easy introduction into stone carving, suitable for the passionate beginners.

Close up of Trajan capital letters carved in white marble

Skills developed

Basic use of flat chisel

Sharpening the chisel

Preparing the stone for letter carving

Transferring letter design onto stone

Carving of 2 or 3 letters onto marble

Course information

Size: Variable

Difficulty: Easy

Stone: Marble

Level: Beginner

Course instructor: Athar Jaber

Architectural Stone Masonry

Stonemasonry is based on a few simple principles that may look complex when combined.

The course starts by addressing the basics of this craft, such as carving a flat surface, a cavetto and an ovolo. From here on you will have gained the basic knowledge to find your way through general stonemasonry.
Additional exersices can be further discussed individually.

Suitable for all levels, you will be closely guided through the entire process.

A simple and relatively quick way to get started with stonecarving. Great for easily getting acquainted with measuring methods and carving techniques.

Skills developed

Basic measuring techniques

Use of flat chisels

Development of three-dimensional insight

Basic stonemasonry techniques

Discussion of basic stonemasonry elements

Course information

Size: Variable

Level: Beginner

Difficulty: Easy

Stone: Soft French Limestone

Minimum estimate of time required: 10 hours

Course instructor: Athar Jaber

Flower Motif

Learn how to carve a flower ornament. This basic exercise will provide you with a thorough knowledge and insight into the design underlying all flower motifs.

The flower motif is a pattern that recurres throughout various ages, from ancient Egypt to this day. While the aesthetics varies, the underlying structure has never changed.

This excercise is suitable for all levels, especially for beginners and it is the ideal introduction to ornmental carvings. You will be guided through the entire process, from how to transfer the simple design onto the stone, to the techniques involved to carve the motif.

Due to the simplicity and detailing of the piece, students will be able to carve this piece in marble. Making this an ideal excercise to get aquainted with carving in marble.

Skills developed

Use of Flat chisel and Roundel

Sharpening of chisels

Knowledge of underlying structure of basic ornaments

Transferring ornament design onto stone

Carving an ornament in 5 easy steps

Course information

Size: cm 15 x 15 x 2

Level: Beginner

Difficulty: Easy

Stone: Marble

Approximate estimate of time required: 30 hours

Course instructor: Athar Jaber

Baroque Putto

In this course you will learn how to carve the head of a Baroque Putto in high relief in 6 easy steps. Suitable for all levels, you will be guided through the entire process, from how to transfer a simple design onto the stone, to the techniques involved to carve the head.
Based on a plaster example, the direct carving method will be apllied. Each in between steps will be illustrated by three dimensional guiding samples that will be thoroughly discussed throughout the process.

The exercise will provide you with the knowledge to read and analyse the underlying structure of any sculpture. In this exercise all the facial features will be thoroughly discussed (mouth, nose, eye and hair) and as such, this is a great introduction to facial anatomy. Different chisels will be used (point chisel, tooth chisel, roundel and flat chisel) and various measuring techniques will be applied.

Closeup of sculptor's hands holding a hammer and chisel while carving on a marble sculpture of a Baroque putto

Skills developed

Various measuring techniques

Insight into facial anatomy (mouth, nose, eye, hair)

Transferring 3D model onto stone

Knowledge and use of the four main chisels

Carving of the Baroque Putto in 6 steps

Course information

Size: cm 15 x 15 x 15

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Difficulty: Medium

Stone: Soft French Limestone

Approximate estimate of time required: 40/60 hours

Course instructor: Athar Jaber

Keystone Allegorical Mask (Greenman)

In this course you will learn to carve a keystone with the features of a grotesque mask. The exercise will give you an insight into the general design underlying all grotesque masks. Facial features and expression will be thoroughly discussed. The grotesque mask blend figurative features with ornamental and architectural ones and is a great way cover the three recurring aspects of sculpture.

Ideal for intermediate students who already have some experience in stone sculpture.

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Skills developed

Various measuring techniques

Insight into facial anatomy (mouth, nose, eye, hair)

Insight into ornamental principles

Insight into architectural principles

Use of various chisels

Development of virtuosity skills

Course information

Size: cm 20 x 15 x 6

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Difficulty: Medium

Stone: Soft French Limestone

Approximate estimate of time required: 40/60 hours

Course instructor: Athar Jaber

Neoclassical Child's Head

Here, we focus on the copy of a Neoclassical child’s head in the round.

This course is intended for intermediate or advanced students who have already been through the Baroque Putto excercise.

The full 3D character will provide further insight into the anatomy of a head and the delicacy of the facial features will further develop your technique and carving skills.

It is the logical and simplest way to get acquainted with figurative sculpture in the round. The excersice will sum up all previously gained knowledge of stone carving.

After this step you will be able to purse the carving of larger sculptures such as life-size portraiture.

Skills developed

Advanced measuring techniques

Insight into head and facial anatomy

Development of virtuous and delicate chisel control

Full understanding of sculpture in the full round

Course information

Size: cm 25 x 12 x 12

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Stone: Soft French Limestone/ Marble

Approximate estimate of time required: 90 hours

Course instructor: Athar Jaber

Life-size Portrait Bust

With this exercise, you will learn more advance measuring techniques and the use of the pointing machine. The exercise will also further develop your skill to carve a life-size portrait bust.

This experience will provide you with a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy with a deep insight into the advanced details of its features. You will learn about the aesthetic principles behind a mouth, nose, eyes, ears and hair as well as general compositional design.

The carving of a marble bust is the last step to achieve full insight into classical stone carving and the stepping stone to attain sculptural confidence and maturity.

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Skills developed

Advanced measuring techniques

Use of the pointing machine

Development of full chisels control

Full understanding of facial anatomy

Full understanding of sculpture in the round

Development of compositional insight

Ability to read and decipher any sculpture

Course information

Size: Various sizes (life-size)

Level: Advanced

Difficulty: Hard

Stone: Various options

Approximate estimate of time required: 140 hours

Course instructor: Athar Jaber

The exercises above are just a few from the wide range that we offer and recommend for both beginners and intermediate students. Plenty of other casts to copy from are available at our workshop to give you inspiration. You are also more than welcome to bring your own ideas along so that we can discuss the possibilities of a realization in stone. 

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