MARBLE/marble Symposium

Stone Carving Symposium is Experience of a Lifetime

Stone sculptor at work at the Marble/marble symposium

The MARBLE/marble Symposium has been sharing the art and joy of stone carving in a non-competitive, culturally diverse atmosphere of learning and sharing for over 30 years.

Participants of any age and experience level are welcome, from first-timers to pros. The stone carving symposium provides everything stone carvers need including marble, tools, workshops, demos and private instruction.

Whatever your artistic style, M/m has instructors who can help you achieve your vision.

Meet artists from around the world while carving beautiful Colorado marble–in Marble, Colorado.

Marble/marble symposium is high in the Rocky Mountains. Stone carvers work on large blocks of Yule marble admist the Aspen and evergreen trees

Learn a variety of stone carving skills under the guidance of top-tier sculptors and a team of highly skilled support staff at their spectacular Rocky Mountain Symposium campus.

You will be carving Colorado’s pristine Yule Marble, direct from the local stone quarry. This marble is unique in the world, you can read more about the qualities of this beautiful stone here. It is so beautiful this stone has been used for monuments for many, many years, including the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, D.C.

Marble/marble symposium in the magical Rocky Mountains of Colorado

There are 3 eight-day Stone Carving Symposiums on the same dates each year:

  • First Session JULY 2 – 9
  • Second Session JULY 15 – 22
  • Third Session JULY 29 – AUG 5

Each session follows the same curriculum and is appropriate for everyone—beginner to advanced.

Stone carver working Yule Marble with hand tools

The Stone Carving Symposium Includes

Participants receive:

  • Up to 3 cubic feet of Colorado’s gorgeous Yule marble
  • A fully equipped outdoor carving site in a spectacular setting
  • Unlimited use of tools—hand, electric and pneumatic
  • Daily open-forum classes, demos and workshops
  • One-on-one instruction throughout the workshop
  • A wrap-up party at the end of each session for participants and their guests including dinner, live music and dancing under the stars.
  • Marble/marble Symposium t-shirt
stone scuptors working on Yule Marble at carving symposium

This is a very popular symposium, with many participants returning year after year. Many “regulars” sign up for more than one session each year. If you attend, you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with, learning from, and bonding over this beautiful stone with several of Sculpture Digest’s readers!

All of the knowledgeable instructors are there to help. Many return each year, but “new blood” is also introduced every year. There is always something new to learn at Marble/marble!

stone sculptor using air chisel to get more detail

Stone Sculpting Instructors

This year’s instructors are:

Click here to learn more about the instructors

stone sculptor using air tools

Lodging Opportunities for Sculptors

Curious about where to stay while you attend the stone carving symposium?

There are a variety of options to choose from, depending on your personal preferences. The lodging options closest to the Marble/marble grounds often book up fast, so get those reservations in early.

Many sculptors like to be as close as possible to the grounds and enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow stone sculptors before and after the workshop time has ended. Others like to join up with family members, staying a little way down the road.

Camping is an option for those who are on a budget or just like roughing it. Please note that camping on the M/m Symposium grounds is allowed, and many people do that, but no fires or cookstoves are allowed.

Marble/marble Symposium logo

Stone Carving Symposium Costs

The cost for any of the full 8 day sessions is just $950.

An extended meal plan, which includes breakfast makings, lunch makings and a prepared, hot dinner for 8 days is $250. Note: the nearest grocery store is 45 minutes away, and there is only 1 restaurant in town.

Registration is open for all sessions, with limited space available. Act now to ensure your spot!

And, happy carving! Can’t wait to post pics of what YOU create!

Stone sculpture taking shape