Stone Carving Studio 7, run by sculptor Andrew Arp, is in an old brick building located in the historic Fort Ethan Allen in Winooski, VT. The carving studio has both indoor and outdoor facilities. The classes/workshops are designed as an introduction to marble and granite carving. You will be introduced to both hand, electric and pneumatic tools. There will be discussions and demonstrations, which will enable you to learn the skills necessary to carry on and create your own body of work. The workshops will allow up to ten (10) participants and will focus on personalized instruction within this small group. Sessions begin every Monday and continue through Friday from 9a.m. - 5p.m.


The classes are designed to give you a working knowledge and understanding of how to begin carving in marble and granite. The SCS7 approach to carving is hands on, from day one you will be using the tools necessary to carve. Class time will consist of a short lecture followed by a demonstration and then it's your turn. The first class will show you how to drill and split a larger stone to a workable size and then you will move onto roughing out your shape with chisels, hammers and small grinders. Throughout the week you will work with pneumatic tools to learn shaping and texturing. At the end of the week grinding and polishing techniques will be discussed.

Optional: You may extend your learning experience by joining the next session, depending upon availability, or continue with an independent study.


  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Respirator (The respirator needs to cover your nose and mouth and must have cartridges to protect from fine particle matter. You can find these at woodworking or building stores.)
  • Any carving tools you may have (optional)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Appropriate clothing ( You are in VT and it could be 50 degrees or 100 degrees)
  • Any slides, photos or drawings of sculpture you've done in the past (optional)
You may register for classes anytime until they are full. Classes cost $500 for a one-week session. You must send in a 50% deposit in order to reserve your place. Final payment will be made on or before the first class. The course fee will cover the cost of the materials to be used and the use of the studio facilities. All the necessary tools will be provided to you as well as the stone. If you have reserved a space and you need to cancel, please notify us at least 14 days prior to the start of the session for a full refund.
I am an abstract carver working primarily with granite. Frequently my inspiration begins with the human body. The sculptures themselves are sensual forms, which allude to the movement and gestures of the human torso. With each stone I strive to find the balance between the concept and the material. My training has been in large-scale public monuments. This has enabled me to work within groups and learn how to communicate with others. This training has been invaluable to my teaching. SCS7 is my way of passing on my knowledge and sharing the experience of making stone sculpture.
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