Stone Carving Workshop

at Jyl Bonaguro - Hermosa

Course Details
$85 5 seats left
Start Date:

Sun, Apr 02, 10:00am - 4:30pm Central Time

Next start dates (6)

Hermosa, Northwest Side
4200 W Diversey Ave 17A
Near N Tripp Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60639
A $85 Materials Fee will be collected at the time of the class
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 5
Teacher: Jyl Bonaguro

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

Materials Fee collected at time of class: $85

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.

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Refund Policy

Refund requests must be submitted to [email protected] 48 hours 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).


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Jyl Bonaguro

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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.

Parking is free in the lot or on Diversey & Tripp Avenues.

Start Dates (7)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
10:00am - 4:30pm Central Time Jyl Bonaguro 1 $85
10:00am - 4:30pm Central Time Jyl Bonaguro 1 $85
10:00am - 4:30pm Central Time Jyl Bonaguro 1 $85
10:00am - 4:30pm Central Time Jyl Bonaguro 1 $85
10:00am - 4:30pm Central Time Jyl Bonaguro 1 $85
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
10:00am - 4:30pm Central Time Jyl Bonaguro 1 $85
12:00pm - 2:00pm Central Time Jyl Bonaguro 1 $85

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Reviews of Classes at Jyl Bonaguro (6)

(6 Reviews)
Stone Carving Workshop
Reviewed by Zee S. on 3/18/2023
Talk about a different experience! I really enjoyed the class and Jyl was excellent at working with people to get their art as close to their desired design as possible. It was a chill environment and I would totally recommend others to the course.
Stone Carving Workshop
Reviewed by Nicole N. on 3/12/2023
Jyl is an amazing instructor! Very personable and knowledgeable. Knew when to help and guide and when to let students figure it out. The class itself was taxing physically but so fun and worth it.
Stone Carving Workshop
Reviewed by Paul P. on 3/12/2023
Working with stone is challenging but super rewarding in the end. Jyl is a great teacher, she provided guidance for each student so they can fully realize their vision. I was pretty amazed at what we were all able to accomplish in a single day. All 5 students in the class were able to complete their pieces with time to take photos and chat. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to try something special and unique.
Stone Carving Workshop
Reviewed by Kylie C. on 2/20/2023
This was so much more fun than we could have imagined!! Super educational too. Jyl is a fantastic teacher and extremely talented. So cool being able to bring home our sculptures the same day. We can’t wait to sign up for another one of Jyl’s classes soon!
Stone Carving Workshop
Reviewed by Jason T. on 12/24/2022
Had a great time! Much more comprehensive than I expected and we were given a great opportunity to explore the craft process from start to finish. Jyl was a fantastic teacher and really did a good job of working with each student at their individual skill level and direction, a trait which not all artists possess. I felt like a potential student could sign-up for the course having little or lots of background in the arts and spend a fine day getting to know the materials and exploring their own gestures and expression in the craft with the full support of teacher and classmates. A great time for sure and well worth the cost, especially considering the materials provided, tools available for use and super interesting studio space in which to work.

School: Jyl Bonaguro

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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