Photos by Ted Reckas
Expert and novice alike take advantage of the long-running stone carving class taught by master stone carvers and longtime college instructors Marvin Johnson and Joseph Sovella.
At the Saturday sessions, held at Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd., students learn techniques using a variety of tools to wrest shapes from blocks of alabaster, soapstone and marble. They work outside amid the shade of sycamore trees and hillsides of Laguna Canyon.
The current course wraps up Nov. 12 while a new one begins Dec. 3. Cost for the three-week workshop is $105 and includes basic tools and a practice stone. Additional resources to purchase specialty stone are available. To register or receive additional information, visit www.LCAD.edu
No prior experience is necessary.
“Laguna is where my artistic energy is constantly stimulated,” says Sovella, whose 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.
Johnson’s career job descriptions include pattern maker for Barbie doll parts, sculpting civil war soldiers for a Gettysburg’s diorama, clay modeler for General Motors and a tropical hardwood jewelry line.