“To say my experience in Carrara far exceeded my expectations feels like an insufficient description of what has already become a life changing experience. Being a first time stone carver

but a long time artist, I well understood that learning a new art medium is both difficult and extremely time-consuming.  Consequently, I was anxious about what could possibly come of only a weeks with this most beautiful yet intimidating medium.  What I could not calculate, though, was the invaluable influence of Steve Shaheen.”

— Joseph BrickeyRead the rest of Joseph’s story »



“I could not have had this sort of intensity of experience elsewhere. The support and encouragement I felt from Steve, from the other workshop participants, and from the other

artisans at the Studio all helped to push me forward with my work. The full-immersion – working beside professional carvers, being able to watch their techniques and processes, and listening to conversations about carving and life – was a vital component of the workshop for me. I learned more than I had anticipated. I accomplished so much more than I had ever hoped to do.”

— Amy Miller. Read the rest of Amy’s story »

“The thought of carving marble in Carrara then was an inspiring yet terrifying prospect for someone who hadn’t touched a chisel since being a student but I was to discover that I had absolutely nothing to fear and every thing to rejoice in as it turned out to be the most enjoyable and productive experience far beyond any I had hoped and anticipated.”

— James CullenRead the rest of Jim’s story »

“The two weeks were a sumptuous blur, a decadent battle between you and the marble. You should go… because it’s sublime.”

— Beth CullenRead the rest of Beth’s story »


“THANK YOU! I just experienced the best 3 weeks of my life and that’s in large part thanks to you. I don’t even know where to start or what to say or how to even thank you adequately (well, I can’t, I suppose). It’s so hard to encapsulate the last few weeks for anyone…you gave me the best three weeks of my life, so thanks.”

—Megan Whittaker


“I had a great time! The program was really nice, I enjoyed myself a lot. I loved the teacher…I see your vision for the program, and wish you all the best. And I hope to participate again in the future.”

—William Mwazi


“I just wanted to let you guys know I had the best time in Italy, and I will always cherish it in my memory. Thank you again!”

—Harry Ito


“I always wanted to try stone carving, so the trip helped me to fulfill a dream. Now I am hooked and definitely want to go back again. The master carvers were intelligent, fun and willing to answer questions and help us fuel our passion for working in this medium.”

—Cindy Noles


“I enjoyed the workshop immensely and think I learned something in the process. Seriously, my goal of returning next year says it all. Great experience worth every penny, and then some.”

—Jason Gillespie

The Course
Learn about our intensive 2-week stone sculpture workshop on the beautiful Tuscan coast. Our next workshop runs from June 26-July 10, 2013. Read more »
The Team
Tuscany Study was founded by Stephen Shaheen to provide intensive and cost-effective workshops for artists. He is assisted today by expert instructors who love to teach their craft. Read more »
The Location
Poised on the scenic coastline where Tuscany meets Liguria, Carrara has been the source of the world's highest quality sculptural marble since pre-Roman times. Read more »