This workshop will introduce the art of stone carving from the perspective of a new artist in Zimbabwe. A prospective apprentice must first procure tools to work with, and sometimes it is difficult to access professional Italian tools. Thus, Stanley Mutanga, a master carver who has undertaken many students and apprentices over his 30-year career, will show workshop participants how they can acquire a toolkit with very little expenditure from local sources. “Use what’s there” is the motto of the apprentice sculptor in Zimbabwe who may have to trade, barter or go out into the forest and search for their own stones. Likewise, we will spend day 2 scouting good carving stones from Gunguo farm itself and also from local suppliers. Days 3 through 5 will be matched to each participant’s skill level. Beginners will be guided through the process of planning and finishing a simple sculpture. More advanced artists will benefit from one-on-one mentorship with Zimbabwe’s top sculptor in 2020.
Workshops run from 10 to 4 every day, but visitors may arrive early or stay late. Students may bring a lunch to the farm or eat at a nearby restaurant. We will also have some off-farm outings for people who are interested. This is a good way to discover the local neighbourhood.
Stone: Students may bring their own stone or purchase stone at Gunguo.
Tools: will be provided, or students may purchase materials to make their own tools.