Summer School of sculpting, drawing and painting

Art & Recreation

Specialised Course

Marble Sculpting with Pneumatic and Electrical Tools


For the advanced students this course offers an introduction to indispensable working methods with pneumatic and electric tools for cutting and smoothing the marble.

At the beginning of the course we will discuss the sculpture ideas put forward by the participants or develop new ones.

You can choose your perfect stone from our well-stocked store on the spot. We can also procure special block dimensions or certain stones if you wish. Just let us know in advance and you’ll find them in Azzano once you get there. If you would like special stones cut in certain block dimensions, please give us this information ahead of time so we can prepare the material accordingly.

After choosing the material, we will help you cutting the stone with a 230 mm diamond encrusted disc, set up your work space at the Campo, get your stone there and place it on your sculpting stand.

This is followed by the calibration of your model, sketch, or idea for your sculpture on the stone you have selected. Now the practical work on the coarse form can start. You learn how to use a light angle grinder (1200 – 1400 watt, speed controlled) with a diamond-studded saw blade (Ø 115 or 125 mm). Under expert instruction you practice controlled and systematic cutting of the stone to quickly approach the rough form.

You continue working the surface with a Cuturi pneumatic hammer and Widia chisels. The surface will be smoothed with an angle grinder with special attachments, pneumatic turbines, and manual sanding.

You are invited to join us in our excursions to marble quarries and artists’ studios with other participants. Or you can use the weekend for your own work, excursions on your own, or for recreation. Only on Sundays is work at the Campo suspended.

Each participant in a machine course has a tool case at his disposal including all equipment necessary for machine work (1 Bosch angle grinder, various attachments, Cuturi pneumatic hammer with various attachments, value: about 850 €) as well as basic equipment for manual work (hammer, chisel, eye and ear protection).

For 20 years we have offered these courses twice a year with several tutors. Competent artistic and technical instruction will provide the basis for independent sculptural work. Further tools will be furnished upon request.

Please bring along work gloves, headgear and suitable shoes.

We have a maximum number of 8 workplaces for this course.