STEPHEN NORTON: Shaping Stone: An Introduction to Soapstone Carving

July 3 - July 7




STEPHEN NORTON: Shaping Stone: An Introduction to Soapstone Carving

Learn how to carve soapstone and produce one large and two or three smaller finished pieces, ready for display, during the course.  Students are encouraged to advance at their own pace and comfort level. However, this course is designed for beginners to become comfortable with soapstone carving and once comfortable, go on to some more advanced tools and techniques, including using the ‘waste’ scraps, working with flats, transfers, paper designing, inscribing, embossing, inking, rods, use of space, pinning and gluing. No previous experience is required, just bring your imagination. A reference book “The Art of Carving Soapstone, an Introduction to Soapstone Carving” will be available for purchase at $25 Can (retails for $40 on in the class.

Course Fee: $650  Supply Fee: $100

Stephen Norton is now a full-time artist, author and indie publisher after retiring  a few year ago from computer management. Over the years he has taught classes on a variety of subjects, from computers to carving. He currently teaches a 2-day course on self-publishing at Royal Roads University each fall and taught a 2-day soapstone carving course at MISSA 2014. He has written two books on soapstone carving which are sold internationally and has published several other books on a variety of topics.


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  • Accommodations

    Staying on campus is recommended to fully experience a creative immersion. All rooms are set up in a dorm style with four beds, each with a desk and closet space, on the same floor as a central washroom with shower facilities. Rooms are available in double or quad occupancy and you have an option to request a specific roommate. Please contact the MISSA office if you have any special requests.  Accommodation costs include breakfast and dinner and lunch and two snack breaks are included in your course fees. See the Accommodation page for more details.

    • 660 $
    • 550 $

    We will do our best to accommodate your preference, but space will be based on availability.

    We will try to accommodate your preference but placement will depend upon space available.

    If you are sharing a quadruple occupancy and desire more than one shared occupant please list in order for both name and workshop and separate with a comma.

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