Stone Carving Workshops
Learn the techniques of this time-honored art form using a variety of tools and stone. The stone carving workshops are taught by master stone carvers, Marvin Johnson and Joseph Sovella, and held at Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Ten-week workshops take place quarterly on Saturdays from 9am to 3:00pm. Work outside amidst the magnificent scenery of Laguna Canyon. Cost for the 10-week workshop is $350 and includes basic tools and a practice stone. Additional resources to purchase specialty stone are available
No prior experience is necessary. This class is open to all skill levels ranging from beginners to advanced. Enjoy working outdoors sculpting stone into forms of almost any size or shape. Superior technical skills are taught as part of the art process as both Joe and Marv pass on years of knowledge to their students. Sovella has taught at Laguna College since 1986 and Johnson since 1992.
Joseph Sovella and Marvin Johnson have been Laguna residents for more than 20 years. "Laguna is where my artistic energy is constantly stimulated," says Sovella who has had an interest in stone since childhood. This interest has taken him to the far corners of the world, including Pietra Santa, Italy, where he has worked with some of the great sculptors of the world. He has also exhibited in Europe since 1990 and has just completed an exhibit in Nice, France and Kealakekua, Hawaii. Joseph has combined his education and experience in geology, engineering and stone sculpting to develop a unique blend of artistry that relies on both technical and creative ability to compose various styles of sculpture in alabaster, soapstone and marble.
Marv Johnson holds an MFA in sculpture and studied at the Boston Museum School as well as receiving his B.A. in philosophy from Whittier College. Marv was a foundry pattern maker in the mid-60's and designed parts for Barbie Dolls; sculpted civil war soldiers for diorama in Gettysburg; was a Clay modeler at General Motors; and developed a line of Jewelry made of tropical hardwood. Marv's work has been widely exhibited including New England Sculptor's Association, Boston; National Orange Show; Bahrum B. Gallery in Laguna Beach as well as in private collections throughout California.