The classes present two sculptural techniques, which will be executed in soft stone or modeling wax for casting in bronze (to be arranged with the foundry).

The technique of taking away the material in volume, the most significant and representative from the earliest days of human civilization is the only one that can be defined as SCULPTURE. It consists in removing the excess material from a solid block of stone, marble, wood and granite, with which you want to represent a three-dimensional image.

Other techniques can also be practiced with clay and modeling wax, in order to make a model to scale, which is used to reproduce a stone sculpture on second stage or, if preferred, casting the wax model in bronze at the foundry.

Stone Sculpture. Prior to carving the stone, preliminary sketches of the work are to be done in clay or a wax model to scale.  Once the model is approved by the instructor and the block to carve has been chosen, it must be marked with chalk then the work begins of removing the excess material with a chisel and hammer provided by the instructor. The work will continue with hand chisels and finished with rasps and sand paper, ending up with polishing the stone if working in this medium.

Also, practicing the technique in a bas-relief before moving on to the block it is highly recommended.

Modeling Wax. This technique is a most simple one, made from a sheet of suitable modeling wax, which is shaped in a free form using hot tools. A silicone mold will be created to reproduce the object. For an additional cost, it is also possible to cast the object in bronze. The cost will vary based on the dimensions of the work.

Tools. The basic tools will be provided depending on the choice of material used.

Class LengthClass SizeCost (Including Materials)
Stone Carving: 8 meetings of 2 hours each Groups of 1-2 people€250 per person
Wax Modeling: 4 meetings of 2 hours eachGroups of 2-4 people€160 per person

Severino Braccialarghe was born in 1943 in Macerata, Italy. In 1961 he graduated with a Master of Art degree from the Accademia Belle Arti in Macerata and moved to Milan to practice design and architecture. In 1970, he immigrated to South Africa to continue his career in interior design and architecture. After attending the Ruth Prowse School of Arts in Cape Town in 1981, he began a new career as a full-time sculptor. Thereafter he spent long periods in the summer months in Pietrasanta (Carrara) practicing sculpture in the marble laboratories and artistic foundries. He exhibited his sculptures in South Africa and Italy on a regular basis as well as in the Netherlands and Luxembourg. He has taught sculpture at the Funda Centre in Soweto (1984/85) and the Accademia Belle Arti Lecce (1992). Starting in 1992 he opened up a new field for his creativity with a series of “functional art” made of solid wood, aluminum, and glass that he exhibits along with his sculptures in various shows. In 2011 he moved back to Italy, along with his works and tools, to the Monti Sibillini in the Marche region, where he continued his profession as a sculptor. He currently lives in Urbino and is directly involved in promoting the arts and culture in this city.

See more of Severino Braccialarghe’s work on his personal website