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Stone Carving Workshop

Unleash your creativity and master the art of sculpting with stone in this hands-on workshop led by a professional sculptor. Explore the techniques of blocking, detailing, and finishing as you create a stunning masterpiece. No experience is necessary!

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  • 16 and older
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  • 4200 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL
  • 6 hours & 30 minutes

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What you'll learn in this stone carving class:

Let’s Carve Stone – Design, carve, and polish your own sculpture in alabaster during this 1-day workshop class under the tutelage of professional stone sculptor, Jyl Bonaguro. 

Using traditional manual tools like a hammer, point, flat and tooth chisels along with rasps you will learn:

  • Techniques for Blocking 
  • Techniques for Detailing
  • Finishing a stone sculpture in alabaster

: Adults Only. No previous experience is required to participate. Tools for sculpture students are provided through the generosity of the Awesome Foundation. Workshop fee includes one small block of alabaster, tools for carving, safety glasses, gloves and dust masks. If you are sensitive to noise, then you are encouraged to bring your own earplugs. Lunch is not included – BYOL

Additional Materials Fee collected at time of class: $95

About Alabaster
: Instead of harder stone grades like marble or limestone, students will carve Alabaster. Alabaster is a lightly colored, translucent, soft stone that has been used throughout the world for stone objects. Since ancient times, it has been used to create small items like perfume bottles to life size statues. Its softness makes it a perfect beginner carving stone, while the translucency makes it quite beautiful as a piece of art.

About Workshop 4200
: Since 2015, Workshop 4200 has provided a much needed home for all kinds of creators: makers, builders, artists, teachers, performers, designers, engineers, and innovators. Jyl Bonaguro has had her professional sculpture studio here since 2016.

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be submitted to [email protected] 3 business days prior to the program’s start date and time. The registration fee will be refunded less a 10 percent processing charge. A refund is issued in the form of a credit on file (to be used for future programs).

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Jyl Bonaguro (33)

(5.0-star rating across 33 reviews)
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Anonymous review on 5/23/2024
    If you ever care to entertain that crazy thought you once had about carving stone…Jyl Bonaguro is the artist you should meet. Really like that this hands-on class is held in her working studio in Chicago where you’re surrounded by inspirational projects both finished and in-progress. All of them beautiful. Also like that this introductory course is just six hours in length (all you need for a first taste) and that the pricing is beyond reasonable for what you get. Jyl gets you right into the work and moves from person-to-person coaching each one individually until you all finish the day with newly found skills and instincts. She knows her stuff and knows how to get you there too. I looked for a stone class for a while before settling on Jyl. Know I made the right choice. Don’t hesitate to jump in. HIGHLY recommended.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Leslie V. on 5/19/2024
    Great class. Jyl was very helpful and answered all the questions we had during our class. Love the finished product we made. Hope to do stone carving again.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Yara S. on 4/21/2024
    Class was a great introduction to stone carving from an artist who is an expert in the medium. Class was well thought out, taxing on the body, but a great experience overall. Jyl was kind and created a wonderful space to create.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by David A. on 2/18/2024
    Had a great day in class with Jyl. She kept us all on track with great instruction and tips. Highly recommend this class.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Diana A. on 2/17/2024
    Absolutely phenomenal class! I've developed a whole new level of appreciation for the art. Highly recommend it for anyone looking to explore their creative side and delve deeper into this captivating art form! Teacher is amazing and truly passionate. I will be back.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Jarrett S. on 2/4/2024
    Jyl is amazing! I had so much fun learning to sculpt at this class. Really liked the small class size very intimate and you get a lot of 1:1 assistance as you create your masterpiece. Highly recommend.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Pranav P. on 1/14/2024
    I had an absolutely great time. Jyl is an amazing teacher, and thanks to her I've made great progress in just a matter of one day. She really understood what I was trying to build, and helped me throughout the day to get there. I highly recommend the course.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Alexa C. on 1/14/2024
    Loved this class! Jyl is a fantastic teacher who knows her craft extensively, and pays close attention to all of her students. I found her class structure to be great, and she knew how to help all of us achieve our goals in a limited time. Her stone carving workshop is physical and I left with a little sculpture I am quite happy with, and a newfound love for sculpting. Highly recommend to those who have an interest in learning the craft and want to focus on sharpening their skills in only a day!
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Anonymous review on 12/27/2023
    Jyl was very helpful and made sure we had a feel for how much progress we should be making (important since we were mostly beginners who'd never worked in stone before). Parking pretty easy in the neighborhood, and an area in the building sells coffee and gives you room to eat your lunch.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Paul M. on 12/13/2023
    This class was a lot of fun. I knew nothing about it before starting and ending up leaving with a carving I am pretty proud of. Definitely sparked my interest in carving other things!
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Stephen H. on 11/13/2023
    This was a fantastic class! As someone that’s wanted to do stone carving with proper tools for a very long time, it felt like a dream come true to do so under the guidance of such a kind and skilled artist.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Joe M. on 10/24/2023
    Got to learn all the tools & steps of stone carving and ask every question I had with ample one on one instruction time!
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Reviewed by Jeff S. on 10/17/2023
    Wonderful class. Jyl is an excellent teacher. While it is a beginner class, the progression you see from beginning to end is astounding! If you are seeking a creative outlet and don't mind a little dust and some sore muscles, you would be hard pressed to find a better class!
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Anonymous review on 10/2/2023
    Fantastic class! Jyl was amazing - she provided great instruction, was completely engaged and created a great learning experience. I'm thinking about taking the class again because I had so much fun.
  • Stone Carving Workshop

    Anonymous review on 8/13/2023
    Great teacher!!!
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The Stone Carving Workshop offers an engaging and challenging learning experience that students find hugely satisfying. Guided by a talented artist and excellent instructor named Jyl, students received personalized attention to gain a solid understanding of the tools and procedures of stone carving. Despite being a beginners' class, the progression the students witnessed from start to finish was quite astounding. Through the course, students developed a deeper appreciation for the skills and dedication required in stone carving. It was an intensive learning experience that demanded physical effort which, for many, resulted its own rewards. By the end of the class, all the students were able to successfully complete and take home their individual stone carved pieces. Quotes: 1. "Got to learn all the tools & steps of stone carving and ask every question I had with ample one on one instruction time!" 2. "New appreciation for the skill and dedication stone carving requires. Prepare for hard work!!!" 3. "I was pretty amazed at what we were all able to accomplish in a single day."

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Jyl Bonaguro

Jyl Bonaguro, Artist … Sculptor … Playwright... is a self taught sculptor and playwright in Chicago, specializing in carving Italian marble by hand. Often working spontaneously, Jyl Bonaguro has a modern approach to the ancient art of stone carving that diverges from the formal academic approach....

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The workshop is located in studio 17A for Jyl Bonaguro in the Workshop 4200 building. Please enter via the main entrance on Tripp Ave thru the double glass doors.

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