Limestone Carving - Rosby
Limestone Carving - Rosby
Rosby Wines - Art

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During this enlightening two-day workshop with Damien Lucas, you’ll be guided to produce your own limestone sculpture based on ideas developed from drawings, clay sketches, or a study.

Learn to visualise the sculpture within the block and then bring it to life whilst learning about the tools and methods of carving. You’ll also develop your sense of sculptural language. The physical and energetic nature of the carving process means that this workshop is bound to be both challenging and fun for participants.

The workshop caters to all levels of artistic experience – from beginners wanting to try something new, to proficient artists.

$265pp + $55 Limestone half block per person (to complete your carving): Bookings essential: Bookings essential. Price is inclusive of workshop, tools, complimentary lunch + Rosby wine.

Day one of the workshop will start with a discussion about the carving process and possible project ideas. Keep in mind that given the time restraints, it will be best to create something fairly simple, so you get the most out of the course. Damien will help those who need it to find a starting point for their work. Once a project or path has been decided upon you will spend some time putting your plan onto paper, to better clarify the idea. You’ll then make a small clay maquette to gain a better sense of the form, which may then be altered as you progress on the stone, in order to help you find your way forward. When the maquette has been realised to a sufficient level you may transfer the drawing of it onto the half block of stone and begin roughing it out. During the afternoon, you’ll then continue removing the gross mass that doesn’t belong to your design and start to see the simple form of the sculpture emerge.

Day two will see the development of the sculpture in more detail, with proportional adjustments made to the overall form where required. You’ll look more closely at the relationship of forms and the composition – again making adjustments to improve the overall form whilst leaving room to further tweak your sculpture. In the afternoon you will work to complete your sculpture, or at least bring a sense of completion, exploring refining methods, and discussing surface textures. The day will finish off with a short review of the workshop’s learnings.

Over the course of two days, participants will progress at different rates depending on their temperament and level of experience, so it’s important to just enjoy the process and focus on learning new skills and ways of seeing. Damien will spend time emphasising the visual language of sculpture (the “what”), whilst teaching you a range of carving methods (the “how”) to complement the exploration of the three dimensional composition.

The workshop offers the ultimate art and wine experience. By building a range of other cultural delights into the workshop, Rosby aspires to offer you a truly holistic experience. This includes country style lunches set against an utterly breathtaking backdrop and an exclusive vigneron-led wine tasting.

The workshop caters to all levels of artistic experience, from beginners wanting to try their hand at something new and have a bit of a fun, to proficient artists. Come alone or bring a few friends, everyone is welcome here at Rosby.

Required Materials List

  • Enclosed shoes (preferably work boots/steel caps)
  • Old clothes as you will get quite dusty
  • Dust masks and safety goggles will be provided, but if you wish to bring your own please do.
  • Likewise, a selection of stone and wood carving chisels will be provided, but if you are already equipped for the process and wish to use your own tools that’s not a problem.

Additional: Drink bottle, hat + sunscreen. Workshop takes place mostly under cover, but partly out of doors.

About the Tutor

Damien Lucas began his study of drawing with the late David Wilson in Bathurst in 1997. Wilson then introduced him to master sculptor Tom Bass, which lead to the full time study and practise of sculpture. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts at National Art School, Sydney, in 2004, and received the Defiance Award for Excellence in Sculpture. Damien is well versed both in classicism and modernism in the figure and abstraction, working in a variety of mediums including clay, plaster, stone, wood, steel and bronze. He assisted Bass on several of his commissions as an apprentice, absorbing much of Bass’ lifetime accumulation of knowledge of sculpture and drawing, and eventually taking on the role of principal teacher at the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School in Sydney. 

Damien has shown work in both group and solo exhibitions throughout NSW, with his recent commissions situated publicly in Longreach QLD, Cootamundra NSW, Mittagong NSW, Sunbury VIC and Orange NSW. He has also taught sculpture and drawing at the Tom Bass Sculpture Studio School, Erskineville from 2001-2009, Catavento Studio, Bowral from 2002-2009, Willoughby Arts Centre, Willoughby from 2008-2009 & has also taught at Fern Creek Studio, Warriewood NSW, & Jody Pawley Studio, Drummoyne NSW. Since relocating to the Northern Rivers of NSW Damien has co-established and taught at Myocum School of Sculpture from 2010-13. In 2017 he resided in Pietrasanta, Italy for two months while developing skills in carving marble, and was then employed as a Foundry Technician at Crawford’s Casting, Art Foundry, Belfield, NSW from 2006-2007. Today, Damien conducts private classes and works at Damien Lucas Sculpture Studio in Byron Bay.

Limited numbers per workshop. For more information + bookings contact Rosby directly.


Limestone Carving Workshop

Rosby, 122 Strikes Lane Mudgee


0428 635 99

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