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Authentic Adventure: Stone Sculpting Workshops

Authentic Adventure: Stone Sculpting Workshops at Zimart’s Rice Lake Gallery

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ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery is a unique sculpture park and home to the most comprehensive selection of Zimbabwean stone sculpture in Canada – a must see destination for those of all ages.

Authentic Adventure: Stone Sculpting Workshops

ZimArt has been hosting sculpting workshops at the Rice Lake Gallery since 2006.

Each year a Zimbabwean sculptor, represented by ZimArt, is invited to Canada to be the artist-in-residence for the season. During their stay in Canada the artists lead sculpting workshops at the gallery.

The two-day Introductory Workshops, with a maximum of eight participants, are for complete beginners or those with little sculpting experience. The minimum age is 16.

The five-day Advanced Workshops are limited to 10 participants and you need to have some previous sculpting experience, either at the Rice Lake Gallery or elsewhere, in order to register.

Students work outside under tents, using only hand tools, and learning and applying traditional techniques for finishing and polishing the stone. Former participants have described the workshop as “a magical experience” in an “inspirational setting”.

The goal, for all the workshops, is to build on the skills which each participant brings to the experience. The primary objective is to make the creative process dynamic and challenging. You will create your own stone carving guided by the mentor/artist in a collaborative supportive environment.

One day Family Workshops are also available. We tailor the day’s program to suit the age and interests of the participants. Dates to be determined based on the artist’s availability.

Zimart provides all basic tools but we encourage you to bring your own tools if you have some.

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Inspirational and totally addictive.
Rice Lake Guest


Information & registration for all workshops

  • Five-Day Workshops
  • Introductory Two-Day Workshops  
  • One Day Family Workshops 

The Gallery has a range of Zimbabwean stone for you to purchase in a variety of colours and hardness, and you will be able to select a piece suited to your skill level. You are also welcome to bring your own stone

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